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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Audiences will learn about the classic Addams family, but otherwise this is for entertainment.
Promotes honesty in family communication, accepting those who are different from you, realizing that families can include members with different personalities and interests. Character strengths such as teamwork and empathy are important to the story.
Positive Role Models
Gomez and Morticia are incredibly affectionate, love each other, are attentive and kind parents. Wednesday is very intelligent and curious; her feelings about being different from others/her family are developmentally appropriate for someone her age (though trying to kill her brother is not). Fester is a kind and encouraging uncle, if sometimes misguided.
Not much cultural inclusion. Majority of characters present as White, although Snoop Dogg plays Cousin It. Female characters have agency. Despite being kooky and creepy outsiders, the Addamses are a traditional multigenerational family.
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Violence & Scariness
A youth beauty pageant includes a tribute to Carrie; red paint rains down on contestants, covering them like blood. Bikers at a bar get into a brief brawl, arm wrestle, push and shove one another. Lurch and another bodyguard are scary looking. Wednesday traps a man who hangs upside down over a cliff. Later he's gone, so it's assumed he's fallen to his death. A scientist uses a gas to poison and sedate people. A man holds a family captive, plans to experiment on them. A man turns into a giant octopus and fights another human who has transformed into a giant blend of three animals. The Addams family causes an explosion at the Grand Canyon and mass chaos at a science fair.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Morticia and Gomez are frequently passionate with each other: kissing, embracing, slow-dancing. Pugsley has a crush on Ophelia, and they flirt and eventually hug and touch foreheads. Uncle Fester offers dating advice and mentions writing a how-to book about dating and romance. Fester and Pugsley have several conversations about dating. Cousin It is shown to be a ladies' creature. A joke substitutes "tentacles" for "testicles."
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"He gave me the finger" joke when Uncle Fester literally hands a man a severed finger. "Freak," "weird," "monsters," "poop," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Big Progressive Insurance billboard is featured in a scene. Addams Family franchise has lots of off-screen tie-ins.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wednesday serves a potion in a martini glass. Adults (including party-goers at the "Lyfe Festival") drink on a couple of occasions, including a Bloody Mary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Addams Family 2 is the "family road trip" sequel to 2019's animated The Addams Family. Like that film, it's not as scary as its live-action predecessors, but there's no shortage of dark humor or cartoon violence. Wednesday (voiced by Chloë Grace Moretz) is perpetually trying to kill/harm her brother Pugsley (Javon "Wanna" Walton), and she traps a man who hangs upside down over a cliff before presumably falling to his death. It has big explosions; characters in peril, held captive, or sedated; human experimentation; fighting; an homage to the movie Carrie (with red paint instead of blood); and a destructive battle between gigantic monsters. Some of the creatures in the Addams Family world can look scary, and the family experiences emotional moments when they're told that Wednesday may not biologically be an Addams. Expect to hear insult language like "freak" and "weirdo," as well as a few Addams-style endearments (like "murderous maternal instincts" and "witch"). Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) continue to be depicted as caring parents who are very much in love (kissing, dancing, and exchanging affectionate gestures and innuendoes fairly frequently). This movie also finds Uncle Fester (Nick Kroll) advising Pugsley on dating, resulting in some pretty cheesy pickup lines and flirting. A joke substitutes "tentacles" for "testicles." Adult characters drink in a couple of scenes. Ultimately, the movie promotes communication, teamwork, and the value of a family's unconditional love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This serviceable animated sequel focuses on Wednesday's feelings of alienation and benefits from the family's kid-friendly jokes and road trip adventures. Perhaps because the first movie was so underwhelming, this follow-up seems a bit more rooted in the family's kooky antics. Since the Addamses visit well-known places on their trips -- like Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, etc. -- the movie offers a relatable storyline, despite the family's generally eccentric nature. Isaac and Theron once again channel the passionately in-love Gomez and Morticia (they're arguably the most ardent animated parents in movie history) but manage to also convey -- in between arm kisses and caresses -- how worried they are about Wednesday. Parents will empathize with Gomez and Morticia's desire to encourage more family togetherness as their kids get older.
But the sequel is definitely Wednesday's show, and Moretz's flat, emotionless performance is exactly what the role requires. She does a fine job evoking the clever young scientist's disinterest in anything emotional or sentimental. The writing and comedy gags include a memorable sequence that's like Little Miss Sunshine meets Carrie, as well as a running joke about Uncle Fester slowly turning into an octopus. At one point the word "tentacles" is obviously a stand-in for the word "testicles," although it's unlikely that really young viewers will pick up on that or the movie's other risqué/suggestive comments (usually courtesy of the Addams parents). The subplot about Grandma's Fyre Festival-like event (which eventually features Snoop Dogg as Cousin It) is underused and unnecessary, but it's not featured enough to detract from the main story, which takes enough zany twists and turns to amuse younger viewers.
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