The Addams Family 2

93 minutes | Rated PG

The family created by cartoonist Charles Addams has been a TV show, a live-action movie, traditional animation, and now returns to theaters in a second computer animated film, just in time for Halloween.

As the film begins we join Wednesday, voiced by Chloe Grace Moretz, at the science fair. She is using her pet squid to make “improvements” in her Uncle Fester, voiced by Nick Kroll.

She is dismayed when her family shows up to cheer her on. Her experiment has caught the attention of a scientist Cyrus Strange, voiced by Bill Hader.

Back at home, Gomez, voiced by Oscar Isaac, worries that the children are drifting apart from him and Morticia, voiced by Charlie Theron. He decides that they should take a family vacation. The Addams are taking a road trip across the country!

Before they leave the family is approached by a lawyer, voiced by Wallace Shawn, and his enormous assistant Pongo. They claim that Wednesday may have been switched at birth and that she may not be an Addams. Gomez ignores the lawyer and the family sets out on vacation.

The lawyer and Pongo pursue the Addams across the country trying to state their case. Wednesday has heard what the lawyer told them, and after hearing Fester tell about the day she was born begins doing a DNA test on Gomez from a sample of his hair. It turns out that their DNA is not a match! As the trip progresses, Wednesday continues to drift farther apart from the rest of the family.

We discover that the lawyer has been hired by Strange. Wednesday leaves to find Strange. Following another DNA test she believes that she is the daughter of Cyrus Strange. Strange has had difficulty with his experiments and believes that Wednesday’s science project may be the key to solving his dilemma.

When they discover that Wednesday has gone, Gomez and the rest of the family rush to find her and get their beloved Wednesday back. Is Wednesday an Addams or a Strange? Is the DNA test wrong?

While not groundbreaking, “The Addams Family 2” is an enjoyable family movie. It is rated PG for some mild content and some mildly disturbing imagery. It should be fine for most kids. The story is well done and the cast does an excellent job. I rate “The Addams Family 2” three-and-a-half out of five squids.

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