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Morticia: It's hideous.
Gomez: It's horrible.
Both: ... It's home.

The Addams Family is an animated movie based on the cartoons created by Charles Addams, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernen of Sausage Party fame, features vocal talent from the likes of Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll, and Finn Wolfhard. The film was released on October 11th, 2019 by United Artists Releasing in America, and Universal Pictures internationally.

For thirteen years, the cheerfully macabre Addams family (Gomez and Morticia, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, their butler Lurch, and their disembodied hand Thing) have been happy to live far away from a world that despises them and everything they love (ghosts, monsters, playful attempts at murder and mutilation, that sort of thing). But when the perpetual fog around their house blows away one day, they discover a whole town has recently been built!


While the Addamses try to fit in with the new neighbors, reality TV star and home-repair guru Margeax Needler has plans for the bright and beautiful planned community of Assimilation, NJ... plans that don't involve the crazy Addams family, their haunted house, and their hordes of equally weird relatives who are coming into town for Pugsley's "Sabre Mazurka" on the same day she's filming the season finale of her show Margeaux's Design Intervention.


The 2019 adaptation of The Addams Family provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Jerkass: Wednesday is grounded for dressing like a preppie, making Gomez and Morticia seem just as narrow-minded as the bad guys, just from the other side, whereas all previous versions were simply cheerfully oblivious to how weird the rest of the world found them.
  • An Aesop: Many, even though some are a little more subtly placed than others:
    • Everyone does "Weird" things and find them completely normal. What you find weird might be completely normal.
    • "Different" families are still families, and there is no reason you can't get along with them.
    • Even well-meaning people can be monsters.
    • Misinformation can cause people to turn on each other and unite against a scapegoat.
  • Age Lift: Traditionally, Wednesday is the younger of the Addams children, after Pugsley. However, this film lifts her to being the oldest sibling. This is likely to facilitate her going to junior high school while Pugsley stays home to prepare for the Mazurka.
  • Alpha Bitch: Wednesday immediately runs into some mean girls on her first day of public school, and quickly puts them in their place.
  • Amusing Injuries: There is a lot more slapstick compared to the 1960s series, featuring Fester getting shot three times with a crossbow, characters nearly blown up with bombs, Morticia dodging decapitation from the living house trying to slam the windows on her on a daily basis, Wednesday's bed itself being a prepped guillotine, Gomez with a Head in a Vise and Morticia screwing a corset onto herself. The characters completely shrug it off with no sense of danger from their injuries.
  • Apron Matron: Grandma's sister, Aunt Sloom, holds the high authority among the entire extended Addams family to decide if Pugsley has successfully completed his Mazurka. While Gomez and Fester try to train Pugsley as best as they can, and take the whole thing seriously, they both dread her final judgement.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Naturally, it's the Addamses.
    • Morticia peeks out a window at a miserable storm and declares "What a beautiful morning!"
    • One of Lurch's household chores is to blow vacuum dust all over the house, which somehow seems to clean itself.
    • Morticia is as horrified to see Wednesday wearing bright and colorful clothing as Margeaux Needler is to see her daughter Parker dressing in punk/goth fashion.
    • Morticia takes an apprehensive tone when asking how Gomez knows what cotton candy tastes like.
      Gomez: I was young, mistakes were made!
  • Bedlam House: The Addams' mansion is an abandoned, decrepit insane asylum. Their butler Lurch is a former patient who was apparently forgotten about and left behind for who knows how many years.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The townsfolk of Assimilation don't know that Margaux has hidden cameras in all of their homes. They unanimously decide that spying on them is one step too far when they find out about it.
  • Brick Joke:
    • When the family first runs into Lurch, he is wearing a straight-jacket from the "Asylum for the Criminally Insane". Later, we see that his "room" is lined with old mattresses.
    • Mitch ends up going missing in when the film crew goes to look over the Addam's family mansion. In the climax, he pops out of a painting.
  • Broken Aesop: One of the film's aesops is that your family is still family. However, this may seem a little weird given that Wednesday regularly makes attempts on Pugsley's life or shoots crossbow bolts into her uncle Fester, even though Pugsley seems to like it and it's Played for Laughs.
  • Chain Lightning: When Wednesday resurrects her frog in science class, the lightning jumps to each of the other frogs from one to the next.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Pugsley's Establishing Character Moment involves trying to blow up Gomez with various explosives, which he has taken away to concentrate on practicing his Mazurka. When Pugsley is reassured that the purpose of the Mazurka is to prove that you can protect your family from danger, he uses his explosives to save the day and prove himself a man.
  • Death Glare: Having a piercing "evil eye" seems to run in Morticia's side of the family. Wednesday stares down local Alpha Bitch Bethany on her first day at school, and Morticia shuts up Margeaux near the end of the movie with a glare of her own.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Thing is seen looking at pictures of various feet on his computer, but slams the laptop shut when Morticia calls out to him.
    • Margeaux uses an app to spread misinformation about the Addams Family.
    • The entire town of conformists end up turning on a non-conformist Addams Family and want to run them out of town.
    • The town of Assimilation, in name, architecture, and culture, mirrors the Disney-planned community of Celebration, FL.
    • The Addams Family seems to be Ambiguously Jewish, what with Pugsley's Rite of Passage being comparable to a Bar Mitzvah.
    • Uncle Fester tells Pugsley to see a doctor if his Mazurka lasts longer than four hours.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Per most canon, the Addams clan enjoys an insanely macabre lifestyle and when engaging with outsiders are pretty friendly (Morticia is more apathetic than friendly for her own personal reasons), though Margaux's plan to turn the town against them relies on proving the opposite of this trope.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: To an extent. Pugsley and Wednesday's relationship is... a bit like this. Wednesday routinely does things like attempt to kill Puglsey, but in the end she comes to his rescue because she still does love him anyway. This is somewhat lightened by the fact that this is Played for Laughs, and Morticia does order her to go dig him up after burying him alive.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Parker gets back at her mother by posting her rant where she calls her viewers gullible and her neighbors lemmings on the web. The ensuing PR fiasco leads to Margeaux's show getting cancelled.
  • Free the Frogs: When dissecting frogs in school, Wednesday brings hers to life a la Frankenstein. She unintentionally brings all the other frogs to life as well (but is still pleased by it), and the entire class runs away from the zombified frogs.
  • Genius Loci: The Addams' house is possessed by a rather grumpy spirit. Towards the climax of the film, the spirit gets knocked out of the house into the swamp. After the townsfolk repair the house and gives it a new coat of paint, the spirit returns and instantly returns the house to it's old look.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The camera pans away right before Wednesday brains Pugsley with a shovel and then buries him alive, but you still hear a loud CLANG!
  • Hartman Hips: Margaux, and then some.
  • Head in a Vise: Morticia is shown putting a vise over Gomez's head. It's not clear why they're doing this, but certainly not to torture him, based on his reaction.
    Gomez: Is that really as tight as you can make it?
  • Karma Houdini: Margaux receives no backlash for trying to kill the Addams family, and even starts dating Uncle Fester and sells all of the homes in Assimilation. The only punishment she does earn is getting her show canceled by the network, but she makes it clear that selling the homes themselves is her bread and butter, not the show.
  • Logo Joke: The lion in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo turns into Kitty Kat, the Addams' pet lion, mid-roar. When a red ball lands in front of the logo, Kitty Kat leaps out of the logo and plays with it before knocking the logo over.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The citizens of Assimilation are horrified at themselves for getting so easily wound up and turned against the Addamses, who behind their macabre exterior are a fairly loving extended family.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Wednesday dances, she does The Droop from the 1964 series episode "Lurch's Grand Romance".
    • When Margaux and crew first go to the Addams' house, Lurch opens the door with "You rang?"
    • Before the end credits they recreate the opening to the TV series.
    • Morticia briefly joined the Girl Scouts under the impression they ate each other. In the first film, Wednesday scares off a Girl Scout Cookie seller by asking if they're made from real Girl Scouts.
    • Pugsley's room is filled with various road signs. This is a nod to the first film where Pugsley is shown to have a hobby of collecting stop signs and various road warning signs.
    • The general color scheme of the town of Assimilation and its residents are pastel colors. In Addams Family Values, Morticia applauds Debbie's attempts at taking the family fortune, but wearing pastel colors was completely unforgivable.
  • Place Worse Than Death: When the Addams get run out of the old country, Gomez says they need to move somewhere that no sane or uncorrupted person would ever dare set foot. Cue the next scene as they're driving on the road and pass a sign that says:
    Welcome to New Jersey. What are you looking at?
  • Race Lift: Gomez is given a darker skin tone and Hispanic accent, as opposed to his original appearance as Caucasian in the early TV shows and comic strips.
  • Rite of Passage: Pugsley has to perform a ritual called the Mazurka to pass into manhood.
  • Running Gag: Uncle Fester keeps getting shot with crossbow bolts.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spontaneous Mustache: Part of Pugsley's Rite of Passage is spontaneously growing a full beard.
  • Stepford Suburbia: The town of Assimilation, NJ is brightly colored and conformist.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Addamses' version of playing Battleship involves Pugsley blowing up the bathroom.
    Fester: (in bathtub) You sunk my battleship!
  • Take That!: During the prologue when Gomez and Morticia are escaping the villagers with Fester, Gomez announces they'll move somewhere so horrible no sane, rational person would ever move. Smash Cut to a sign reading "Welcome to New Jersey".
  • Time Skip: The film opens with Gomez and Morticia getting run out of the "old country" on their wedding day, then moving to New Jersey in the United States and taking house in a haunted, abandoned insane asylum. The events of the film take place thirteen years after the prologue.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The prologue features the Addams clan getting run out of The Old Country by a mob with torches, pitchforks, and a trebuchet. At the climax of the movie, Margeaux Needler motivates her neighbors into forming an angry mob to destroy the Addams' mansion and run them out of town.
  • Visual Pun: Grandma Addams keeps candy at the bottom of her feet. In other words, candy corns.
  • The Voice: Morticia's parents have been long dead, and she communicates with them via seance.
  • When Trees Attack: Played for laughs with Ichabod, a pale sentient tree who is very friendly to the family. When Wednesday gloomily asks if something will liven up this tedious day, it responds by flinging Pugsley through an upstairs window. She nonchalantly thanks it for trying in a monotone voice as it gently lowers her down to a ground.

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