A Very Brady Sequel

 
Second far-out spoof is just as neat-o and fun.
  • Review Date: December 19, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1996
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Roy talks about having been in prison and advises the kids to lie, cheat, steal, and kill to get what they want. Of course their the innocent Brady's so they'll do no such thing.

Violence

Roy threatens the family with a gun and kidnaps Carol. Jan drives recklessly on the sidewalk. Mike punches Roy.

Sex

Greg and Marcia kiss. A lot of sexual innuendo (Alice says, "Sam promised to slip me a special tube steak," "Marcia's getting leied by those Hawaiian boys," and "We all want to be gay, don't we, gang?" etc.). Greg and Marcia watch each other change and struggle with attraction for one another.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Characters mention Aquanet and the Gap. The opening scene mimics the Indiana Jones movies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Roy smokes a cigarette and eats an entire bag of psychedelic mushrooms. The next day he has a hangover.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the Bradys stick together in crisis. What happens in your family when there's a crisis? Also, why do you think they made spoofs of the original Brady Bunch TV show? What's different about the movies? What's the same?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 23, 1996
DVD release date: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.

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Parent Written byKateandWillsMom March 18, 2014
age 14+
 

CSM Got This Wrong!

This movie is not at all appropriate for children aged 12. The sexual innuendo, drugs, lying, etc are serious. Even though the title uses the word sequel, it is actually a spoof. Nothing like the real show which my children love. I turned this off 15 minutes into the movie. Not for kids.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bylucas201 August 11, 2010
age 12+
 

why for older kids?

Not something youd let a 8-12 year old watch considering marcia and greg are siblings and there is a scene when they are making out.You wouldnt your kids asking about incest.
Kid, 11 years old November 10, 2014
age 11+
 

Hilarious sequel is funny but mature

Sex- 3 (Mature Themes)
What other families should know
Too much sex

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