The Addams Family 2

The Addams Family 2

2021, PG, 93 min. Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon. Voices by Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Snoop Dogg, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn.

REVIEWED By Steve Davis, Fri., Oct. 8, 2021

The aesthetic de-evilution of the creepy, kooky, and altogether ooky cast of characters known as the Addams Family elucidates a reverse Darwinism: Call it survival of the witless.

First seen in those sublimely macabre cartoons created by the wickedly talented Charles Addams, which appeared for over 50 years on the pages of The New Yorker until his death in 1988, the morbid clan has generally become less ghoulish with each pop-culture iteration. There was the relatively short-lived network television series in the mid-Sixties that introduced the illustrated personae by name for the first time, courtesy of Addams himself. (What other twisted mind could conjure appellations like “Morticia,” “Lurch,” or “Uncle Fester”?). While that sanitized small-screen oddity retained a dollop of his perverse sense of humor (a prime example: snipping the buds from thorned rose stems before arranging them in a vase) and introduced such delightfully weird characters as the diminutive hairball Cousin Itt and the handsy Thing. Sadly, a dreadful 1973 animated TV series that followed drained all the blood from the atypical family premise to the point of do-not-resuscitation. Nearly 20 years later, the Addamses briefly rose from the grave to appear in a couple of feature films with an amiable PG-13 edge – not to mention a deliciously deadpan Anjelica Huston as the family matriarch – only to (dis)grace a spate of forgettable TV movies and video games afterward. And the less said about that embarrassing Broadway musical the better.

Now, there’s the animated feature film sequel (the first abomination materialized in 2019) even more unbecoming of its legacy. The computer-generated The Addams Family 2 doesn’t warrant a single finger-snap, much less two. Oddly, its story cribs from the misbegotten Seventies-era animated series that lasted all of one season. When daughter Wednesday (Moretz), predictably full of woe, and son Pugsley (Walton) begin to exhibit asocial behavior, concerned parents Gomez (Isaac) and Morticia (Theron) take most of the household on a cross-country trip to renew familial bonds. They journey westward – with stops at Niagara Falls, San Antonio (prepare yourself for lots of terrible Texan stereotypes), the Grand Canyon (blown to smithereens), and Sausalito – in a steam-punk version of a recreational vehicle. Behind them, a bizarrely coiffed minion (Shawn) and his Hulkian sidekick are in hot pursuit, sent on a mission by a Dr. Moreauesque scientist (Hader) seeking to abduct the possibly switched-at-birth Wednesday for a real family reunion.

With the exception of Kroll’s gravelly intoned Uncle Fester, the voicework is sketchy, with Theron’s Seven-Sisters elocution bordering on sacrilege. By the time the inevitable apropos-of-nothing musical number takes place in a Death Valley biker bar a little more than midway through the movie (the disco anthem “I Will Survive,” no less), your kids will be snoring and you may want to scream … and not in a good way.

Showtimes

AMC Dine-In Tech Ridge 10

12625 N. I-35, 512/640-1533, www.amctheatres.com

Wed., Oct. 27

CC/DVS 6:10

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 2:50, 5:40, 8:30

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 2:50, 5:40, 8:30

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 2:50, 5:40, 8:30

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 6:10

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 6:10

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 Capital of Texas Hwy. S., 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 1:00, 3:25, 6:00

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:40, 4:15

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 1:10, 3:45, 6:15

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 3:45, 6:15

Blue Starlite Downtown

300 San Antonio, 707/787-5072, www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

Wed., Oct. 27

7:15

Thu., Oct. 28

7:15

Fri., Oct. 29

7:15

Sat., Oct. 30

7:00

Sun., Oct. 31

7:00

Blue Starlite Round Rock

800 Harrell Pkwy., Round Rock, 832/915-0332, www.bluestarlitedrivein.com/

Thu., Oct. 28

7:15

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 12:00, 1:30, 4:05, 6:50

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 12:30, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 10:15am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:50

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 12:30, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 12:30, 1:30, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 2:20, 4:50, 7:20

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 1:45, 4:20, 7:00

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 11:10am, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 11:10am, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 11:10am, 1:40, 4:20

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 1:40, 4:20

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 2:40, 5:15, 7:55

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 4:00, 7:00

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 12:45, 3:40, 6:15

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 11:45am, 2:45, 5:20

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 2:40, 5:15

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 2:05, 4:50

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 1:25, 4:00, 6:40

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 12:45, 3:25, 6:20

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 10:05am, 12:45, 3:25, 6:20

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 10:05am, 12:45, 3:25, 6:20

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 12:45, 3:25, 6:20

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 12:45, 3:25, 6:20

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 2:05, 4:55, 7:35

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 1:05, 3:40, 6:35

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:35

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 10:30am, 1:10, 3:55, 6:35

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 1:05, 3:40, 6:15

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 1:05, 3:40, 6:15

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Wed., Oct. 27

digital 4:15, 6:50

Fri., Oct. 29

digital 3:15, 6:15

Sat., Oct. 30

digital 12:40, 3:15, 6:15

Sun., Oct. 31

digital 12:45, 3:45

Mon., Nov. 1

digital 3:45

Tue., Nov. 2

digital 4:00

Wed., Oct. 27

1:40, 4:25, 7:20

Thu., Oct. 28

1:40, 4:25

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Wed., Oct. 27

1:15, 4:20, 7:30

Fri., Oct. 29

1:05, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Sat., Oct. 30

1:05, 4:20, 7:25, 10:25

Sun., Oct. 31

1:05, 4:20, 7:25

Mon., Nov. 1

1:05, 4:20, 7:25

Tue., Nov. 2

1:05, 4:20, 7:25

Evo Cinemas Belterra

166 Hargraves Ste. A-100, 512/457-0700, www.evocinemas.com/belterra

Wed., Oct. 27

12:15, 3:15, 6:15

Thu., Oct. 28

12:15, 3:15, 7:00

Fri., Oct. 29

12:45, 3:30, 6:00

Sat., Oct. 30

12:45, 3:30, 6:00

Sun., Oct. 31

1:45, 4:15, 6:45

Mon., Nov. 1

11:45am, 3:30, 6:15

Tue., Nov. 2

11:45am, 3:30, 6:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Wed., Oct. 27

12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 28

11:00am, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00

Film Alley Bastrop

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, bastrop.filmalley.net/

Wed., Oct. 27

12:30, 3:40, 6:45

Fri., Oct. 29

12:40, 3:35, 6:15, 8:50

Sat., Oct. 30

3:35, 6:15, 8:50

Sun., Oct. 31

12:40, 3:35

Mon., Nov. 1

12:40, 3:35, 6:15

Tue., Nov. 2

12:40, 3:35, 6:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Wed., Oct. 27

12:30, 3:30, 6:45

Thu., Oct. 28

12:30, 3:30

Fri., Oct. 29

2:45

Sat., Oct. 30

3:45

Sun., Oct. 31

12:00

Mon., Nov. 1

2:30

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40
CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40
CC/DVS 11:40am, 2:10, 4:40

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Wed., Oct. 27

4:40, 7:15

Thu., Oct. 28

4:40, 7:15

Fri., Oct. 29

2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50

Sat., Oct. 30

12:00, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:50

Sun., Oct. 31

12:00, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25

Mon., Nov. 1

2:35, 4:55, 7:25

Tue., Nov. 2

4:55, 7:25

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC/DVS 4:20, 7:00

Fri., Oct. 29

CC/DVS 3:40, 4:40, 7:15

Sat., Oct. 30

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30, 7:15

Sun., Oct. 31

CC/DVS 2:00, 4:30, 7:15

Mon., Nov. 1

CC/DVS 6:40

Tue., Nov. 2

CC/DVS 6:40

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 12:50, 4:15, 6:45
CC/DVS 12:50, 4:15, 6:45

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 12:55, 4:20
CC/DVS 12:55, 4:20

Fri., Oct. 29

CC 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:35

Sat., Oct. 30

CC 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:35

Sun., Oct. 31

CC 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:35

Mon., Nov. 1

CC 4:00, 8:15

Tue., Nov. 2

CC 4:00, 8:15

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 FM 620 N., Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Wed., Oct. 27

1:30, 6:00

Thu., Oct. 28

1:30, 6:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Pkwy., Bldg. 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Wed., Oct. 27

12:00, 3:15, 6:00

Thu., Oct. 28

12:30, 3:15, 6:00

Fri., Oct. 29

2:15

Sat., Oct. 30

11:30am

Sun., Oct. 31

11:30am, 2:15

Mon., Nov. 1

2:15

Tue., Nov. 2

2:15

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Wed., Oct. 27

CC 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00
CC/DVS 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00

Thu., Oct. 28

CC 12:00, 2:20, 4:40
CC/DVS 12:00, 2:20, 4:40

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