The Addams Family 2

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The Addams Family 2
The Addams Family 2 poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Dan Hernandez
  • Benji Samit
Based onCharacters
by Charles Addams
Produced by
  • Gail Berman
  • Conrad Vernon
  • Danielle Sterling
  • Alison O'Brien
Starring
Edited byRyan Folsey
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release date
  • October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
Countries
  • United States
  • Canada
LanguageEnglish
Box office$41 million[2][3]

The Addams Family 2 is a 2021 computer-animated supernatural road black comedy film directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, co-directed by Laura Brousseau and Kevin Pavlovic,[4] written by Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Ben Queen, and Susanna Fogel with a story by Hernandez and Samit,[5] and based on the characters created by Charles Addams.[6] It is the sequel to the 2019 film, The Addams Family, and stars the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Javon Walton, Wallace Shawn, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, and Bill Hader. It tells the story of the Addams family as they go on a road trip.

The film was theatrically released in the United States by United Artists Releasing on October 1, 2021, followed by an international release by Universal Pictures on October 8. It also became available for online rental on the same day in the United States and Canada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. The film has grossed $41 million and received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized the humor and story.

Plot[edit]

At a science fair, Wednesday Addams is set to present her experiment, where she uses her pet squid Socrates' DNA on Uncle Fester to show how humans can be improved. However, she is dismayed when she sees her family show up. Nonetheless, her work gets noticed by scientist Cyrus Strange. Back at the Addamses' home, Gomez worries that the children are drifting apart from him and Morticia, so he decides to take them on a family vacation. Before the family, Fester, Thing, and Lurch head on a road trip across the country, Gomez and Morticia are approached by a lawyer named Mr. Mustela; he claims that Wednesday was switched at birth and may not actually be an Addams, but they ignore him. On the road, the Addams family is pursued by Mustela and his henchman Pongo.

The family is initially set on going to Salem, Massachusetts, but Fester (under the influence of the squid personality) ends up making a detour to Niagara Falls. The family later stops in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Gomez and Morticia bring up Mustela and his claims about Wednesday, so Fester mentions a story from the day Wednesday was born in where he juggled babies in a delivery room. This only worsens Gomez and Morticia's fears that Wednesday was switched, which Wednesday overhears.

Gomez brings everyone to Miami to get in touch with Cousin Itt, in hopes he can help with their current dilemma. Itt joins them on the trip as they pass through San Antonio and leaves the family early at the Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, Wednesday traps Mustela on her own and learns he is working for Cyrus. He suggests to Wednesday that he is her true father and invites her to his home in Sausalito, California. Wednesday runs a DNA test using Gomez's hair, which seemingly proves that she most certainly is not his daughter. Wednesday leaves the family while they sleep, but Lurch catches up with her. The rest of the Addamses learn where she is heading and follow suit.

At his home, Cyrus shows Wednesday a formula he developed to make human–animal hybrids, similar to Wednesday's experiment. When the rest of the Addams family shows up, Wednesday is convinced to stay with Cyrus. After Pugsley finds out that Cyrus' daughter Ophelia is a pig, Cyrus reveals he was using Wednesday as her formula is better than his. He captures the family to test on them, but Wednesday refuses to test on the Addamses. Cyrus tries to get Pongo to go after her, but it is revealed Lurch and Pongo knew each other before; they decide to free the Addamses. Cyrus comes in contact with his formula during the scuffle and mutates into a hybrid monster. The doctor tries to kill the family, but is stopped by Fester, who has mutated into a squid monster after Wednesday's experiment. After a monster fight, Cyrus falls off a cliff while Fester is turned back to normal by Wednesday, using a necklace of her family's blood.

Wednesday reunites with her family and they return home. While Wednesday knew that Cyrus faked his DNA test results, she asks Gomez why her test indicated she was unrelated to him. He reveals to Wednesday that his hair is a toupee, and promises the family that next time he will take them on a trip across the world.

Voice cast[edit]

Wallace Shawn and Bill Hader voiced Mr. Mustela and Dr. Cyrus Strange, respectively.

Production[edit]

On October 15, 2019, following the 2019 film's successful opening weekend, it was announced that a sequel to the film was scheduled to be theatrically released on October 22, 2021,[7] and that Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon would return to direct the film.[8] Cinesite Studios was again a production partner on the film,[9] and 2D animation from the credits was provided by Creative Capers Entertainment.

Most of the original actors returned, while in October 2020, Bill Hader and Javon Walton joined the cast, with Hader as a new character named Cyrus and Walton replacing Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley Addams.[10] In July 2021, Wallace Shawn was revealed to have voiced a new character.[11]

Music[edit]

In July 2021, Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna were announced to have composed the score for The Addams Family 2, as with the first film.[12] In September 2021, Maluma, Megan Thee Stallion, and Rock Mafia created a new song called "Crazy Family", while "My Family" gets a remix by Yoshi Flower.[13] Dominic Lewis, composer of Peter Rabbit, did a cover of "I Will Survive" for Lurch at the bar. Similar to the previous film's ending, an updated version of Vic Mizzy's theme from the original TV series plays in the ending, this time performed by Christina Aguilera, who provided the previous film's opening song.

Release[edit]

The Addams Family 2 was theatrically released in the United States by United Artists Releasing and internationally by Universal Pictures on October 1, 2021.[14] The film also became available for online rental on the same day.[6]

It was previously scheduled for release on October 22 and October 8.[7][10] On January 21, 2021, it was moved up to October 1, 2021, allowing the James Bond film No Time to Die (another MGM title) to take over the October 8 slot.[14] In June 2021, United Artists Releasing announced they did not plan on rescheduling The Addams Family 2, in the wake of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania moving to the same weekend (that film was later moved to another date).[15] In August 2021, the film shifted its release for online rental to the same day as its theatrical bow in the United States and Canada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rising cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant.[6]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

As of October 14, 2021, The Addams Family 2 has grossed $35.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $41 million.[2][3]

In the United States and Canada, The Addams Family 2 was released alongside Venom: Let There Be Carnage and The Many Saints of Newark, and was projected to gross $15–17 million from 4,207 theaters in its opening weekend.[16][17] The film made $5.5 million on its first day, including $550,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $17.3 million, finishing second, behind Let There Be Carnage.[18] The film dropped 42% in its second weekend to $10 million, finishing third.[19]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 23% based on 73 reviews, with an average rating of 4.40/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Altogether ooky, and not in a good way."[20] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 38 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[21] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an 87% positive score, with 73% saying they would definitely recommend it.[18]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote about the film "It's in the nature of most animated sequels to struggle to recapture the full charm of the original hit. But in the case of "The Addams Family 2," Tiernan and Vernon have used the sequel as an opportunity for an upgrade. The script is by an entirely new team, and in some ineffable bats-in-the-belfry way the jokes now land with a more inspired and spontaneous creepy kookiness."[22] Savannah Lee of Parent Previews criticized the film by its creepy and kookinessly and wrote "I didn't see the 2019 version of The Addams Family because 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."[23] Nell Minow of RogerEbert.com gave a 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "An intrusive product placement billboard will trigger the irritation viewers may have with the odd cross-promotion in television commercials on behalf of both this movie and an insurance company. Of more concern, parents may get some tough questions due to the paternity issues raised by the film, including DNA tests. The issues of who a child "belongs" to and what biology has to do with identity will be a concern for some families."[24]

Sandie Angulo Chen of Common Sense Media gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote "Silly sequel focuses on family love; peril, some racy jokes."[25] Meagan Navarro of Bloody Disgusting gave 2 bones out of 5 and wrote "The Addams Family 2 might change its scenery, but it doesn't deviate from its approach. It's still a ridiculous, straightforward animated update to an enduring property. Grown-ups may disown this take on The Addams Family, but it was never meant for adults anyway. This focuses solely on tickling the funny bone of the youngest of audiences. In other words, it's not a great movie, but it likely succeeds in its goal as a manic comedy bit for children. That it steps further away from a grim aesthetic means it's a far more anemic gateway into the genre than before."[26] Molly Freeman of Screen Rant called the film "[...] a shallow continuation that spends too much time on unconnected hijinks resulting in an uneven sequel with much less heart."[27]

See also[edit]

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