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38: Deep Thoughts About The Addams Family

Updated: Jul 2

May 28, 2024

They’re subversive and they’re kooky, whimsical, sweet and spooky…The Addams Family! [snap, snap]

On today’s Deep Thoughts, Emily overthinks The Addams Family–specifically the 1990s era films starring Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston as Gomez and Morticia. The sisters examine how The Addams Family uses horror tropes and subversions to humorous effect and to shine a light on the truly horrific aspects of mainstream culture. Both films pass the Bechdel test with flying colors, and Morticia and Wednesday provide well-rendered characters that are a delight to watch. But the films do give with one hand (Morticia is a strong woman with agency) while taking away with another (she’s characterized as a good mother first and foremost). Join us as we talk about the most open and accepting family in pop culture.

Put on your headphones, cara mia, and take a listen!

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