The Addams Family 2 review

The 2019 animated take on The Addams Family was a pleasant surprise thanks to its witty script, all-star voice cast and playful take on the franchise. Its success naturally led to a quick turnaround for the sequel.

While The Addams Family 2 won’t surprise anyone this time, it hardly suffers from a sequel slump proving to be at least as much fun as the original. Kneejerk reaction? The sequel packs more laughs and shocking moments while including a worthwhile message about family and fitting in.

Wednesday Addams (Chloe Grace Moretz, The Equalizer) is going through typical pre-teen feelings of questioning if she fits in with her family. That’s an understandable sentiment for most teens, but in the context of Wednesday’s family, it’s hilarious as she clearly fits right in.

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Gomez (Oscar Isaac, Triple Frontier) and Morticia (Charlize Theron, F9: The Fast Saga) are stumped on how to handle Wednesday’s growing dissatisfaction. And things get even more complicated when a lawyer (Wallace Shawn) pops up claiming that Wednesday was mistakenly switched at birth with his client.

That’s the last kind of family drama Gomez needs so he gathers the family: Pugsley (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton replacing Finn Wolfhard), Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) and Lurch for getaway.

Grandma (Bette Midler) stays behind to keep the house in order and not doing anything crazy…like throwing a wild party.

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The family’s itinerary takes them all over the country from San Antonio to Miami to the Grand Canyon. Most of these stops end with the family creating chaos and mayhem in their own special, unintended manner.

There’s more than enough slapstick physical comedy with Uncle Fester and Puglsey to keep younger viewers entertained, but the glorious puns and clever script actually make it enjoyable for older audiences as well.

Fair warning: some parents/guardians might be leery of Wednesday’s continued homicidal/torturous attacks on Pugsley. It’s funny in a ‘kids, don’t try this at home’ manner,’ but probably will make for some awkward conversations later.

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The family dynamics are a big part of the fun. Gomez constantly gets rejected in his efforts to affirm Wednesday, Fester tries to help Pugsley talk to girls and Lurch’s misinterpretations of orders from the family provide some of the bigger laughs.

Isaac, Theron, Kroll and Moretz in particular are so great in their roles it would be fun to see them reprise their roles in a live-action version. Snoop Dogg’s role as cousin It is such a weird bit of stunt casting that it continues to work thanks to the filmmakers treating the character like a inside joke that It is the iconic rapper.

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Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) return to direct this installment. There’s no changes to the animation style or character designs, which is ideal for visual continuity. 

Although there’s four credited screenwriters, the script doesn’t play out like a hodgepodge of various ideas lumped together.

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The story is cohesive and focused on one path without getting bogged down on goofy subplots.

The Addams Family 2 doesn’t lose any of the charm from the first film. It tops the original thanks to the road trip premise and continued kooky sense of fun.

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Rating: 9 out of 10

Photo Credit: MGM

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