The Addams Family (PG)



Comedy (2019)
87mins UK/Can/US

Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Nick Kroll, Finn Wolfhard
Director: Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Writer(s): Matt Lieberman
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Gomez Addams marries sweetheart Morticia in front of dearly beloathed family and friends including Grandma and Cousin Itt. The ceremony is interrupted by pitchfork-wielding villagers and the newlyweds flee on the back of Gomez's brother Fester in search of sanctuary. An abandoned insane asylum in New Jersey, shrouded by swirling mists from nearby marshland, becomes the Addams' family home and the couple raises a ghoulish daughter Wednesday and explosives-obsessed son Pugsley.

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The Addams Family (PG)

Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky. The theme tune to Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan's computer-animated comedy, based on Charles Addams's newspaper cartoon strips and the 1960s TV series, promises plenty of tricks and treats in time for Halloween. Unfortunately, Matt Lieberman's script is musty and soulless like the majority of the doom-laden characters, exhumed from the same plot of earth as the Hotel Transylvania franchise, which has already notched up three instalments with a fourth in production...

The Addams Family. Copyright: 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc./Universal Pictures. Caption: Wednesday Addams (voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz) and Morticia Addams (Charlize Theron) in The Addams Family, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. All Rights Reserved.The Addams Family repeatedly fails to sink its fangs into the deliciously dark and disturbing tone of the source material, softening sharp edges to ensure young children aren't cowering with fear in the dark. Vocal performances from Charlize Theron and Oscar Isaac as morbid sweethearts Morticia and Gomez are lifeless and a succession of half-hearted one-liners miss their target like when the couple uncorks a barrel in the "whine cellar" and savours some vintage wails and moans. The design of the film's chief antagonist - a snarling bully with bouffant blonde hair, prone to xenophobic and divisive tirades on social media - bears no resemblance to anyone living, embalmed or reanimated.

Clearly. Gomez Addams (Isaac) marries sweetheart Morticia (Theron) in front of dearly beloathed family and friends including Grandma (Bette Midler) and Cousin Itt (Snoop Dogg). The ceremony is interrupted by pitchfork-wielding villagers and the newlyweds flee on the back of Gomez's brother Fester (Nick Kroll) in search of a sanctuary that "no one in their right mind would be caught dead in". An abandoned insane asylum in New Jersey, shrouded by swirling mists from nearby marshland, becomes the Addams' family home and the couple raises a ghoulish daughter Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) and explosives-obsessed son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard). Interior design doyenne Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) chooses a plot of land down in the valley to build the picture-perfect community of Assimilation as a backdrop to her new reality TV series. She drains the marshland during her makeover, revealing the eyesore of the ramshackle Addams estate on the hill. Margaux stages a forceful intervention to compel Gomez, Morticia et al to embrace pastel shades or suffer her wrath. Meanwhile, Wednesday forges an unlikely friendship with Margaux's neglected daughter Parker (Elsie Fisher) and Pugsley practises swordplay for the forthcoming mazurka ceremony that marks his transition from boy to man.

The Addams Family dilutes the macabre and moribund pungency of the cartoon strips, delivering heavy-handed sermons about individuality and tolerance in an era of angry mob rule. A supporting cast of gifted comic actors are woefully short-changed by a script that peddles sentimentality instead of spite. Booming belly laughs are depressingly scarce, except for an amusing Frankensteinian interlude with dead frogs in a school science laboratory. Like the amphibian specimens, Vernon and Tiernan's picture briefly jolts to life.

- Jo Planter

The Addams Family. Copyright: 2019 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc./Universal Pictures. Caption: Wednesday Addams (voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz) and Morticia Addams (Charlize Theron) in The Addams Family, directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 6th December
To Thursday 12th December

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Accrington, Vue Accrington
- Alton, Palace Cinema
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Canvey Island, Movie Starr Cineplex
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Colwyn Bay, Theatr Colwyn And Cinema
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Coventry, Showcase Cinema De Lux Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne At The Beacon
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Greenock, The Waterfront Cinema
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hawick, Heart Of Hawick, Tower Mill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Barrack Street
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny Gaol Road
- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, The Forum Cinema
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Cinema De Lux Nottingham
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stirling, MacRobert Arts Centre
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Regent Cinema
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Cinema De Lux Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
From Friday 13th December
To Thursday 19th December

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Glenrothes, The Kino Glenrothes
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Cinema De Lux Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Peterborough, Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Scunthorpe, Vue Scunthorpe
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stowmarket, Regal Theatre
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Windsor, The Old Court
- York, Vue York


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