The Addams Family

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

So-so adaptation isn't spooky, kooky enough; a few scares.

PG 2019 105 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 52 reviews

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age 5+

Not sure why it has such bad reviews

I put off watching this movie for ages due to its bad reviews. Turns out it’s a great kid friendly version of the Addams family! With a message of accepting other’s differences to boot. Keeping in mind that the 90s live action movies were rated PG-13 (and this is of course PG), I think they did I good job keeping the grim, spooky, and kooky tone of the movies. If you enjoy Tim Burton I think you will recognize and understand the depiction of the bright and pastel cookie cutter town of Assimilation as disturbing in its own right. People seem to be a bit confused by this choice, but I felt it made perfect sense. As an outsider myself I finder the plastic peppy woman with no respect for others way scarier than the Addams. That’s sort of the point. All of the messaging is excellent. Animation is a bit off putting, but well done. I didn’t find the movie to be boring or badly animated as others have suggested (highly stylized animation, but it wasn’t bad quality or low resolution). My kids are 6 and 8 and Halloween enthusiasts. We just watched the live action movies for the first time and my kids loved this movie just as much. I think I liked it a bit more in some ways tbh. I prefer movies with strong messaging. The old movies aren’t particularly “woke” and they didn’t age all that well. They deserve a decent live action PG-13 remake, but if you have kids this movie is definitely worth a watch (especially during spooky season). If you’re very high strung or devoutly religious this probably isn’t for you. If you’re an adult fan of the Addams Family looking for an adult movie this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for something a bit spooky and kooky with a pro individuality message I would give it a chance. It’s no Kubo and The Two Strings or Ghibli classic, but it doesn’t deserve a 2 star rating. Yikes people.

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age 4+

Fine for the Whole Family

Having just run through all the older Addams Family movies, this was a nice recent addition for our 5 and 7 year olds. They both enjoyed it and mom and dad enjoyed it more than some of the other addams family movies. We think its safe for all ages. Yes its a tad bit violent but if your kids are exposed to even a modicum of violence in kids video games, its no more violent than that. Not a great movie, not a bad movie. Just an OK edition to the family movie night line up for a family with young kids that aren't overly sensitive to addams-family style violence.
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