Breaking from the first film, the Adams family leaves home to take a life time vacation around the United States.
While there are opportunities to bring mad-cap comic adventures in every location they stop at. The story fails to bring out more of the strange thinking that drives their life style. Here an ambitious scientists works to take advantage of Wednesday’s adolescence rebellion that drives her to look for a different life or lifestyle. The crazy professor is placed in the drivers seat far to often and takes away from the off-center behavior which makes the family special.
In the travels there are scenes at Niagara Falls that involve going over the falls in a barrel, a stop in northern New York State makes us think of Ichabod Crain. That fits somewhat into the standard theme of the family. Miami finds them sitting on the beach with Gomez in his pin striped wool suit.
The best sequence places Wednesday on the stage in Texas, dancing in a beauty contest which reminds us of Fanny Brice stumbling on the stage and eventually the film Carrie with red stuff pouring on the other dancers.
So, the secret use of DNA to remove Wednesday from the family is just a diversion that dominates too much of the film. The Adams Family works best in it’s own different way of living which appears just normal to each member of the family.