The Addams Family is a 1991 American horror comedy film based on the characters created by Charles Addams in 1938 and made famous by a 1960s TV series. It was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and written by Charles Addams and Caroline Thompson. It stars Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, and Christopher Lloyd.
Gomez Addams laments the 25-year absence of his brother Fester, who disappeared after the two had a falling-out. Gomez's lawyer Tully Alford owes money to loan shark Abigail Craven, and notices her son Gordon closely resembles Fester. Tully proposes that Gordon pose as Fester to infiltrate the Addams household and find the hidden vault where they keep their riches. Tully and his wife Margret attend a séance at the Addams home lead by Grandmama in which the family tries to contact Fester's spirit. Gordon arrives, posing as Fester, while Abigail poses as psychiatrist Dr. Pinder Schloss and tells the family that Fester had been lost in the Bermuda Triangle for the past 25 years.
Gomez, overjoyed to have Fester back, takes him to the family vault to view home movies from their childhood. Gordon learns the reason for the brothers falling out: Gomez was jealous of Fester's success with women, and wooed the conjoined twins Flora and Fauna Amore away from him out of jealousy. Gomez starts to suspect that "Fester" is an impostor when he is unable to recall important information about their past. Gordon attempts to return to the vault, but is unable to get past a booby trap. Gomez's wife Morticia reminds "Fester" of the importance of family amongst the Addamses and their anger against against those who trespass against them. Fearing the family is getting wise to their con, Abigail (in the guise of Dr. Pinder Schloss) convinces Gordon that his suspicions are due to displacement.
Gordon grows close to the Addams Family, particularly the children Wednesday and Pugsley, whom he helps to prepare a swordplay sequence for a school play. The Addamses throw a large party with their extended family and friends to celebrate Fester's return, during which Abigail tries to break into the vault. Wednesday overhears Abigail and Gordom discussing their scheme, and escapes them by hiding in the family cemetery. Tully learns that Fester, the eldest brother, is the executor of the Addams estate and therefore technically owns the entire property. With the help of the Addamses' neighbor George Womack, who Gomez has repeatedly angered by hitting golf balls into his house, Tully procures a restraining order against the family banning them from the estate. Gomez attempts to fight the order of the court, but Judge Womack rules against him out of spite.
While Abigail, Gordon, and Tully try repeatedly and unsuccessfully to try to get past the booby trap blocking access to the vault, the Addams family is forced to move to a motel and find jobs. Morticia tries at being a preschool teacher, Wednesday and Pugsley sell toxic lemonade, and Thing, the family's animate disembodied hand becomes a courier. Gomez gets very depressed that it all turned out the way it had.
Morticia returns to the Addams' home to confront Fester and is captured by Abigail and Tully, who torture her in an attempt to learn how to access the vault. Thing observes this and informs Gomez, who gathers the family and rushes to Morticia's rescue. Abigail threatens Morticia's life if Gomez does not surrender the family fortune. Fed up with his mother's character, Gordon turns against Abigail. Using a magical book which projects its contents out into reality, he releases a hurricane in the room and lightning strikes Tully and Abigail sending them out the window and blowing them into open graves dug up by Wednesday and Pugsley.
Gordon turns out to have been Fester all along, having suffered amnesia after being lost in the Bremuna Triangle and turning up in Miami, Florida, where Abigail had found him and taken him. With the whole family back together again Gomez is told by Morticia that she is pregnant.
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