A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this rehash of favorite Brady moments features a lot of sexual innuendo and some violence. For instance, the "bad guy" Roy lies to the group, brings drugs into the house, smokes, and threatens the family. He kidnaps Carol and threatens to kill her. There's also an extended drug-induced hallucination meant to be comedic.
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What's the story?
The Bradys are back in A VERY BRADY SEQUEL and they're planning a surprise vow renewal ceremony for Carol and Mike's (Shelley Long and Gary Cole respectively) anniversary. But everything changes when a man shows up claiming to be Carol's archeologist husband Roy (Tim Matheson), who was presumed dead in a freak boat accident in Thailand years before. But he's really there to find and steal a priceless relic Roy shipped back to Carol before his death. Can the Bradys unravel the mystery and save Carol and Mike's marriage and the wholesome Brady way of life before it's too late?
Is it any good?
The fashions may be out of style, but the humor still rings true and there are fresh twists in this formidable follow-up to the original and the TV show. What's great about A Very Brady Sequel is that it has plenty of kitschy references to the iconic TV show: Greg (Christopher Daniel Barnes) moves into the attic, the Hawaiian bad-luck tiki and tarantula get cameos, and more. The film also spoofs the rumors of Brady kid actors dating one another in some Blue Lagoon moments between Marcia and Greg.
But what the film does well is put the Bradys in new situations: Jan applies her sibling rivalry to her dating life and her poor eyesight to a drivers permit -- both with hilarious results. Greg gets the attic -- but so does Marcia because, as she lectures Greg, "There's a new thing called women's lib, Greg. It means girls get what they want." And a Brady-style animated psychedelic trip is definitely far-out.
Talk to your kids about ...
- In theaters: August 23, 1996
- On DVD or streaming: June 10, 2003
- Cast: Christine Taylor, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson
- Director: Arlene Sanford
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 89 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: sex-related humor and some drug content.
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
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