Addams Family Reunion
PG
Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -1/2

America's spookiest family is back in this direct to video sequel. When Gomez's parents start showing signs of normality and are diagnosed with waltimers disease, Gomez and Mortisia (Tim Curry and Daryl Hannah) decides to attend the Addams Family Reunion in search for a relative who might know a known cure for the incurable waltimers disease. But when the company that arranged the reunion have problems with their computers, the bizarre Addams family is invited to the wrong Adams reunion, and reek havoc on the unsuspecting guest. Meanwhile, Uncle Fester has created an attack dog that viciously attacks people when anyone says the words "good boy." And the two younger Adams', Pugsly and Wednesday, go on an excavation to dig up the graves behind the resort they are staying in. The two kids eventually wind up burying the sleep walking Lurch, the Adams' butler, in a fresh grave. Appealing to a limited audience, and unable to measure up to the quality of the television series or the two theatrical film releases, the Adams Family Reunion will disappoint many viewers.

The Addams family seems to live life in a world completely opposite to our own. Things that are considered bad or evil are portrayed as likable and enjoyable, while good and decent aspects of life are viewed as torturous. Although this is done for the sake of humor, the Bible strictly speaks against calling good evil and evil good. Because of the genre of the film, the Adams Family Reunion is filled with humorous violence. Several people are attacked by Uncle Festers attack dog. Also, people are electrocuted and chased by alligators and a man eating mailbox. And the kids are taught to prefer senseless violence over any kind of peaceful solution to a conflict. It's also disappointing that the filmmakers felt it necessary to include a scene where the kids are playing with a Ouija board. Although the film contains no sexual elements, and there are absolutely no signs of objectionable language, the films dark thematic element keep us from recommending this family movie.

Preview Reviewer: Rik Wyrick
Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Many times - Moderate (Man attacked by mailbox, dog attacks mannequin and several people, girl rips head off doll, stabbing, dialog refers to man poisoning his father, tennisball explodes, several people electrocuted, man destroys restaurant, knife fight with no injuries, man catches on fire)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Kids rob grave, kids play with Ouija board
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and young adults

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