The Addams Family - 2019

The Addams Family - 2019
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: cartoonish images of a gloomy world of monsters and death, slapstick violence


Overview: The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams' friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families. The Addams family knows what it’s like to not be accepted because they are different. But is it possible that they, too, aren’t accepting others who are different from them?


Themes: family, diversity, home, belonging, monsters, positivity, assimilation, exploring, parenting, tradition, isolation, bullying, gossip, trust, growing up

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Being different. How can you try to make a friend with someone who is different than you? What questions can you ask them to begin a conversation?

  • The angry villagers try to get rid of the monsters, just because they are different. The villagers didn’t try to get to know them first. Instead, they were scared of them just because they were different.


2. Acceptance. Do you ever feel the pressure to be like everyone else? Who makes you feel this way?

  • Wednesday says that “to be accepted in this family means you have to be exactly like them.” Margaux said that it’s her calling to make everyone the same.


3. Belonging. Where do you feel like you most belong? What can you do to ensure others feel that same sense of acceptance?

  • The Addams family wanted to find a new home; a place that was just for them. They felt like they didn’t belong in other places. The church should be the safest place for all people to feel like they are accepted just as they are and that they belong. We should treat all people with respect, no matter how different we are.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Parent self-evaluation: Gomez, Morticia, and Margaux all parented their children in different ways. Gomez and Morticia wanted to keep their kids safe at all costs, while Margaux was too busy working to be present for her child’s life. In what way might you over-protect your child? How can you be more present with them?


2. When the Addams moved into the suburbs, they weren’t accepted right away. They were basically rejected by others in the town and forced to be alone. No one was meant to live in isolation. Even though we’re all different, God’s family is made up from people who look different, talk different, and come from different places. Do you ever feel isolated? How accepting are you if people who are different?


3. The Addams family wanted to find a new home; a place that was just for them. They felt like they didn’t belong in other places. The church should be the safest place for all people to feel like they are accepted just as they are and that they belong. We should treat all people with respect, no matter how different we are. Where do you feel like you most belong? What can you do to ensure others feel that same sense of acceptance?


4. When Margaux realized that she wanted the Addams family to move out of her neighborhood, she starts spreading rumors about them, even though they aren’t true. This type of talk is known as gossip. Gossip is talking about someone when they aren't around, and doing so in a way that doesn't help. Have you ever gossiped about someone else? Do you know of anyone gossiping about you?


5. At the Sabre Mazurka, Pugsley felt pressure to do a great job and felt like his family was judging him. Gomez apologizes to him, because he was so focused on tradition, he didn’t allow his son to be who he was. Bible verse on Pharisees, who cares more tradition than they cared about people. Do you ever care about the way things “are supposed to be” more than you care about others?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:04 The angry villagers try to get rid of the monsters, just because they are different. The villagers didn’t try to get to know them first. Instead, they were scared of them just because they were different. How can you try to make a friend with someone who is different than you? What questions can you ask them to begin a conversation?


:10 Even though it was raining and there was a thunderstorm, Morticia looks outside and says, “what a lovely morning!”. She chooses to be positivity and optimistic, no matter what circumstances she’s in. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." How can you be joyful and thankful in all circumstances? Why might that be really hard to do?


:19 Wednesday wants to travel outside the gate, but Morticia says it’s not safe. Wednesday wants to explore the world and meet new people. Why do you think her mom wants to keep her in the house? If you were stuck in one house your whole life, why would you want to get out?


:29 Gomez says that “all people are different, but deep down we’re all the same.” No matter how different we are, we all have one thing in common: we were created by God and for His glory. What makes you you? At the deepest level, who does God say that you are?


:35 Parker explains school as a place where “Friends turn on each other and girls make other girls feel bad about themselves”. Do you know of any environments in which that is true? Have you ever experienced theses types of things?


:41 Bethany bullies Parker at school. Wednesday stands up to the bully. How do you typically react to bullies? What's something you can do to ensure that bullies don't continue to hurt people?


:46 Gomez’s mother says that, “it isn’t cheating if not one catches you.” God sees everything. He sees our hearts and knows our thoughts. Proverbs 21:2 says, "People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart." There’s nothing we can keep from God. Have you ever tried to cheat and get away with it? Did you realize that God not only sees our actions, but He also knows the motivations of our hearts?


:52 Morticia gets the advice from her parents that she should trust Wednesday to do the right thing. Trust is to believe that someone is honest and sincere. How much do you feel like your parents trust you? What makes someone build trust in someone else?


:57 Wednesday says that “to be accepted in this family means you have to be exactly like them.” Margaux said that it’s her calling to make everyone the same. Do you ever feel the pressure to be like everyone else? Who makes you feel this way?


1:14 When the Addams family was in big trouble, and there was nothing they could do to save themselves, Wednesday saved them. Our sins separates us from God and there is nothing we can do to make things right. No amount of good behavior can repair the damage our sin has caused. But God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to live a perfect life and willingly take our punishment for us. On the cross, Jesus took the penalty we deserved and because of Him, we can be with God forever in heaven. Why do you think Jesus died for you on the cross? What questions do you have about Jesus's sacrifice on the cross?