They're creepy, they're kooky and their on a trip of a lifetime! The Addams Family is back for round 2 with a follow up to the 2019 film and this time they may just be a bit more kookier. With sarcastic quips and lots of love The Addams Family 2 has appeal for most of the family, if you have pre-school aged children this may be one you watch after they're asleep for a movie night with the older kids. Read my no-spoilers, parent review and find three Addams Family fun themed activities.
Disclaimer: I was given advanced access to The Addams Family 2 for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Addams Family 2 | A No-Spoilers, Parent Review + Family Activities
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, IT, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?
The Addams Family 2 | No-Spoilers, Parent Review
Wednesday Addams is growing up and going through growing pains. Gomez and Morticia have found themselves with two kids who rarely want to be seen with them. So what does Gomez come up with? A plan, that I think any parent who has felt they've lost a connection to their kids would think of, a family-bonding road trip!
The Addams Family hit the road to see major tourist attractions; Niagara Falls, The Alamo, and in true Addams fashion, Death Valley.
With messages of owning who you are, being your authentic self and appreciating your family there is a lot to unpack in The Addams Family 2 when you look beyond the typical creepy, kooky, and ooky antics.
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The members of the Addams Family are, in a word, different and this really gets driven home by the stark contrast in which they're animated versus the world around them. Members of the family for the most part are black, white and grey while all other people and locations are in full color.
If my preschooler watched this film she would think the members of the Addams family were the "bad guys" based off of her knowledge of how villains are characterized and animated in other films.
Surprisingly mild. At one point Wednesday declares she is "surrounded by idiots" and in another scene someone refers to a character as "a freak" in an obviously, demeaning way.
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I cannot sugar coat this, there is a lot of violence in this film. Characters are seen falling down stairs, being abnormally contorted, getting crushed by heavy objects, landing on the ground (hard) but as with the violence in say, a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon, no one is actually hurt. After every fall, or brutal injury the character was completely fine in the next scene.
Explosions, weaponry, and voodoo dolls - oh my! All of these are used in The Addams Family 2 but again, no one is ever actually hurt because of it though these scenes may cause fright in younger viewers.
My Final Thoughts
Gomez is the light of the movie for me. He is just your typical dad who wants to reconnect with his kids and he's forcing it with all of his might. He's got a big heart, an obvious love for his wife and a lot of dad jokes.
My main gripe? A sorely underutilized, Bette Middler.
The Addams Family 2 features mentions of the Donner Family, gives a nod to Carrie, and takes a pacing swipe at our most recent times when Wednesday declares she has been "social distancing since birth" but don't let the sarcastic quips and "all together ooky"ness of the film take away from the main message of being true to who you are and knowing the importance of having a family that loves you.
Age Recommendation for The Addams Family 2: 8+
This film is rated PG and it has a lot of reasons. With the dark nature of the humor, the violence and the creepy/kooky animation style, this one is for the older kids in the house.
The Addams Family 2 is creepy, kooky, FUN! See it in theaters or On Demand beginning October 1st.
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The Addams Family 2 | Coloring Sheets
They're creepy and they're kooky - and dreadfully fun to color! Click on any of the images below to download a PDF of the coloring sheet packet.
The Addams Family 2 | Wednesday Addams Cookies
In exchange for your immortal soul, Wednesday Addams has agreed to share this kooky cookie recipe with you. Planning on watching The Addams Family 2 On Demand on October 1st? Make these Wednesday Addams inspired cookies from FABEVERYDAY.com
The Addams Family 2 | DIY Picture Frame
Decorate for spooky season with this frightfully fun DIY Photo Frame craft from PopcornerReviews.com!
Click the image below for full instructions and template!
The Addams Family 2 is in theaters and On Demand October 1st!