(2019) (voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Comedy: A ghoulish couple moves to New Jersey, raises a family of outcasts, and eventually clashes with a nearby master-planned community founded on conformity.
- On their wedding somewhere in Eastern Europe, villagers drive Gomez (voice of OSCAR ISAAC) and Morticia Addams (voice of CHARLIZE THERON) from their homeland and force them to relocate to New Jersey. They find refuge in an abandoned asylum on top of a mountain and make it their home, with their loyal pet Thing (as always, a disembodied hand) and the monstrous Lurch (voice of CONRAD VERNON).
Thirteen years pass, and Gomez and Morticia have been blessed -- they would joke, cursed -- with a daughter, the dour Wednesday (voice of CHLOE GRACE MORETZ), and a son, the explosives-loving Pugsley (voice of FINN WOLFHARD). Their mountain hideaway has been shrouded in mist for years thanks to a surrounding moat. But when that moat gets drained by a local developer, suddenly the Addams can see down in the valley and realize they're neighbors with a master-planned community named Assimilation that is all about happy living and conformity.
The community is spearheaded by a cable-TV home improvement celebrity named Margaux Needler (voice of ALLISON JANNEY), who immediately sees the Addams' creepy mansion as an eyesore and an eventual drag on property values. So, she sets a plan into motion to drive the Addams out. But little does she know that her sullen teenage daughter, Parker (voice of ELSIE FISHER), has made friends with Wednesday. Also, her plan is put into motion on the same weekend the whole Addams clan is descending on Assimilation to celebrate Pugsley's weird coming-of-age ceremony, including Uncle Fester (voice of NICK KROLL), cousin It (voice of SNOOP DOGG), and Grandma Addams (voice of BETTE MIDLER).
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Children will be attracted to its lively animation and spooky trappings during Halloween month, while the edgy humor and the tween characters Wednesday and Pugsley may appeal to the middle school set.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For macabre and suggestive humor and some action.
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