The Addams Family 2 is a movie that led us down many different roads


The iconic Addams family song rings throughout my bedroom as the opening scene is displayed across my screen. My mind instantly places me back to my kindergarten class, singing the “days of the week” song —the Addams family song remade as a learning technique. The joy of hearing that song brought an unfiltered warmth to my day even before the movie began.

Since I had immediately connected this movie with a good memory, and I liked the first one, I felt nothing but excitement as the theme song ended and the film continued. But, that excitement soon simmered down to confusion, and the plot was far from what I expected.

Wednesday Addams, voiced by Chloe Grace Mortez, had begun to feel different than the rest of her odd and spooky family. She wouldn’t show up for dinners, and throughout the scenes, you see her torture her little brother, Pugsley, with a voodoo doll. To solve this, her father—Gomez Addams— decided to take the family on a road trip for bonding time. As I watched the movie move from destination to destination, from pageants in Texas to barrel jumping in Niagara Falls, some comedic moments brightened the lost look in my eye.

Pugsley roams around their camper one night, sound asleep, and murmurs a line that puts a smile onto my face: “I can’t believe Taylor Swift wants to date me.”

Though humor played a minor part in the movie, the entire film’s plotline was unclear. We follow Pugsley as he tries to win over women, Uncle Fester partaking in bodily changes—he withers in pain during an awkward scene that was completely unnecessary—and we even catch sight of Lurch singing in a high pitch voice inside a motorcycle bar with a dancing deer wearing denim.

As I plowed through the movie, I kept waiting for my favorite character to appear on the screen. I had been miserable watching this film play out, and I knew if Cousin It was in the movie, it would assist in making the motion picture more interesting.
When the Addams family sits on a lovely beach in sunny Flordia, my favorite scene in the movie comes into play. Here comes Cousin It, a character that looks like a wig with glasses, gliding over the water to join in on the trip.

Although that might not add a positive twist to others’ take on the movie, he brightens up the feature with his unintelligible language and his stunning performance at the end, but apparently, he’s a rapper. Yet even when Cousin It appeared on my tv screen, I could not comprehend the storyline.

What was the objective of the movie? What was the lesson? The true plot?

Now, of course, there would be no movie without a bad guy. We watch an evil, little lawyer in a yellow jacket chase after the family to grasp some of Wednesday’s DNA. Why? According to him and his soon-to-be-discovered client, Wednesday could be far from being an Addams. This took an unexpected turn in my opinion.

I can’t believe Taylor Swift wants to date me.”

— Pugsley Addams

We later discover Wednesday’s true parent, a character from the opening science fair scene; yet, his objective is unclear. He loved Wednesday’s science project, but he wanted to use her to make great money. The science jargon made no sense for a children’s movie. He wants to change the personality traits of humans or turn them into animals? I still do not know.

As the scene comes to an end, we see the good guys, the family, win against the mad scientist and share a heartfelt reunion. So what I grasped from the ending of the scattered plot was it’s ok to be different. As Gomez Addams would say, “It’s what the second ‘D’ in Addams stands for.”

When Uncle Fester turns into a squid, the evil guy turns out to be a character we saw once before, and Cousin It left to rap for Billie Ellish, we’re supposed to realize that being different is ok.

The Addams Family 2 had a cute life lesson and a couple of random yet funny scenes, but it’s not a movie I would rave about to my friends or ever watch again.