The Addams Family

Theatrical Release: November 22, 1991
DVD Release: August 8, 2006
The Addams Family


For 25 years uncle Fester has been missing. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Adams Family’s money. The youngest daughter has some doubts as to the sincerity of the new uncle Fester. The fake uncle adapts very well to the strange family. Can the doctor carry out her evil plans and take over the Adams Family’s fortune?

Dove Review

This movie is based on Charles Addams’ characters and the early sixties TV series. The violence in the film is supposed to be fantasy based and much of it is obviously a joke, reflecting the macabre sense of humor of the family. It should be noted that there are several incidents of this kind of violence. One funny moment is seen when Gomez uses his combo to his safe, which is 2-10-11 and it stands for two eyes, ten fingers and eleven toes! Although the film has some funny moments, a neighbor of the Addams “damns” Gomez a couple of times after Gomez’ golf ball crashes through his window. The Dove Foundation never awards our Seal to a picture when a character is “damned” or told to “Go to H…” Therefore, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Figures of Gomez and Morticia on clock and his figure kisses her on chest; Gomez kisses Morticia including on arms and neck.
Language: D-6; G/OMG-1; H-1; Morons-1
Violence: A lot of fantasy/humorous violence including the Addams Family pouring hot oil on Christmas carolers from top of roof though no one is seen hurt or burning; Wednesday plays William Tell and is seen with a crossbow and Pugsley is tied up; a character lifts up a man against wall; a character is seen with a meat cleaver; a character uses guillotine on dolls; a character is sitting in an electric chair and another character says they are going to play a game called "Is there a God?"; a woman slaps a character; two characters duel in a play and arms are cut off and blood sprays the audience.
Drugs: Smoking of cigars; brandy is seen.
Nudity: None
Other: Talk of a séance and reaching Fester from the beyond; a brief séance is seen; talk of voodoo and witch doctors on TV; a woman is mentioned who had been a witch and had enslaved a minister; a child is told not to say "May I have the salt please" but to say "May I have the salt NOW!"


Company: Paramount
Writer: Charles Addams and Caroline Thompson and Larry Wilson
Producer: Scott Rudin
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter