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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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

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

From Friday 17th January
To Thursday 23rd January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Birmingham, Odeon Luxe Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bodmin, Capitol Cinema
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Luxe Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Luxe Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, Pictureville Cinema
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Luxe Bromborough
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Chorley, Reel Cinema Chorley
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Darlington, Odeon Luxe Darlington
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Luxe Derby
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Luxe Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Durham, Odeon Luxe Durham
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne At The Beacon
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon Luxe East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Luxe Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Luxe Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Luxe Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ilfracombe, Embassy Cinema
- Ilkeston, Reel Cinema Ilkeston
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds - White Rose
- Leeds, Odeon Luxe Leeds Thorpe Park
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Luxe Leicester
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Loughborough, Odeon Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Luxe Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newport, The Riverfront
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nuneaton, Odeon Luxe Nuneaton
- Okehampton, New Carlton Cinema
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay
- Penzance, Savoy
- Plymouth, Cineworld Plymouth
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Quinton Halesowen, Reel Cinema Quinton Halesowen
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Luxe Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- Stamford, Stamford Arts Centre
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Luxe Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Luxe Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Cineworld Warrington
- Warrington, Odeon Luxe Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Watford, Cineworld Watford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Cineworld York
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th January
To Thursday 30th January

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham NEC
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Chorley, Reel Cinema Chorley
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne At The Beacon
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds - White Rose
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Tiverton, Tivoli
- Uckfield, Picturehouse Uckfield
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wakefield, Reel Cinema Wakefield
- Wallasey, The Light Cinema, New Brighton
- Walsall, The Light Cinema, Walsall
- Warrington, Cineworld Warrington
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton


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