The Addams Family 2 Parent Guide
This film goes over the line between mild scares for kids and scenes of body horror that will genuinely disturb them.
Parent Movie Review
The Addams family are back and this time they’re hitting the road! Concerned about the distance growing between himself and his daughter, Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz), family patriarch Gomez (Oscar Isaac) decides to take the whole family on a road trip for some bonding time. But someone seems to be following them, and they have their sights set on Wednesday…
I love the two Addams Family movies from the 90s. They were favorites of mine growing up, and I think a lot of people hold a certain fondness for them. Unfortunately, I don’t think this reboot captures any of the charm of its predecessors. I didn’t see the 2019 version of The Addams Familybecause it didn’t look appealing and my son was too young to clamor for it. I read a quick plot synopsis to get myself caught up, but I probably didn’t need to. This movie has little, if anything, to do with the previous installment, so you can just jump right in if you so choose.
If you have any knowledge of the franchise, you’ll know what to expect in terms of the level of violence. Wednesday is constantly trying to kill or injure her brother, Pugsley (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton), while the world they inhabit is full of swords, potions, creatures, and dismembered body parts. This is all expected, and no one ever actually gets hurt. The issue I ran into was the elements of body horror that this sequel decides to include. Characters slowly transform into animals in grotesque and disturbing ways. I took my five-year-old to the theatre with me, and he actually turned away from the screen during these scenes and had to sit on my lap for a while to feel better. For context, he has seen most of the Star Wars and Marvel films and doesn’t even flinch at those. So, for him to be scared in this movie while regularly enjoying PG-13 ones is very telling. He wanted me to tell you all that he does not want to watch it again.
Scares aside, this film doesn’t have much going for it. It’s not terribly funny or interesting, nor does it have all that much of a message to it aside from the importance of family, which is a pretty vague concept. Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester is having a lot of fun, and he is a standout amongst the cast. Other than that, the film mostly just feels like a generic cash grab trying to take advantage of the Halloween season. There are so many better, and less scary, Halloween themed kid flicks out there, so there’s no reason to waste your time on this one.Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon, Laura Brousseau, Javon Walton, Bette Midler. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, . Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release October 1, 2021. Updated February 24, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is The Addams Family 2 rated PG? The Addams Family 2 is rated PG by the MPAA for macabre and rude humor, violence and language
Violence: There are high amounts of slap stick violence, including explosions, falls, slaps, kicks, and punches. Two characters are struck by lightning multiple times. A character attempts to smother another character with a pillow. A girl has a voodoo doll of another character, which she uses to put him into various painful or dangerous situations. A girl constructs a guillotine out of sand and drops it on her brother, though he doesn’t get hurt. Multiple characters either jump or are pushed off of Niagara Falls. Characters are knocked unconscious by a gas. People transform into human animal hybrids, which are displayed in a disturbing manner. Two giant creatures battle each other.
Sexual Content: A married couple kiss multiple times.
Profanity: Some insults including “idiots”, “freak”, and “imbecile”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are seen drinking from various cocktail glasses in multiple scenes, though it is never said that they contain alcohol. An adult character asks for a Bloody Mary drink. There is a joke that two characters “hit the catnip a little too hard”. A scene takes place in a bar where various cans and bottles can be seen.
Page last updated February 24, 2022
The Addams Family 2 Parents' Guide
Why does Wednesday feel like she doesn’t fit in with her family? How does her view change over the course of the movie? Is there anything you can do to bring your family closer?
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The 1991 live action The Addams Family is a classic. The series reboots in an animated version in 2019’s The Addams Family.