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The Brady Bunch Movie / A Very Brady Sequel

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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CONTAINS THE BRADY BUNCH AND A VERY BRADY SEQUEL.

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The Brady Bunch Movie
The big-screen version of the hugely popular 1970s television sitcom takes an original angle: instead of simply re-creating the old series, the film spoofs it by presenting the merged family as blithely unaware that fashions and customs have changed in the '90s. Shelley Long and Gary Cole are hilarious as the ultra-square yet libidinous Mr. and Mrs. Brady, Christopher Daniel Barnes is an ideal Greg, and Christine Taylor seems practically cloned from the original Marcia. But director Betty Thomas (Private Parts) shifts the emphasis away from comparisons between old and new Bradys and concentrates on quasi-surreal parodies and set pieces featuring the Brady kids doing their spirited, singing thing for a disbelieving public. Smart, sharp, and happy to share its conspiratorial mood with an appreciative audience, The Brady Bunch Movie is a kick.

A Very Brady Sequel
This second ironic send-up of the old Sherwood Schwartz sitcom is even funnier than The Brady Bunch Movie. Shelley Long and Gary Cole return as the married heads of the merged family known as the Bradys, and Christopher Daniel Barnes and Christine Taylor reprise their roles as eldest stepsiblings Greg and Marcia. As with the first film, the clever premise finds the Brady clan caught in a kind of '70s time warp, while the rest of the world has moved well into the '90s. Greg is still looking for a "groovy girlfriend," Mr. Brady thinks the idea of a cable that sends 50 channels to one's TV set must be a joke, and Mrs. Brady spends hours at the beauty shop only to look exactly the same as she went in. There's a plot involving an imposter (Tim Matheson) who claims to be Carol's long-lost husband, but the real charge in this comedy comes from the way these pseudohip characters deal with sexual taboos (is there any real reason that Greg and Marcia shouldn't get it on?) and the incredulous reactions of other people. --Tom Keogh


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Product Details

  • Actors: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christine Taylor, Christopher Daniel Barnes
  • Directors: Arlene Sanford, Betty Thomas
  • Writers: Bonnie Turner, Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, James Berg, Laurice Elehwany
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008Z45F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brady Bunch Movie / A Very Brady Sequel" on IMDb

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By Daniel A. Johnson on July 19, 2003
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I personally think that these two movies were very very underated. They were both a dead on spoof to the actual tv show. I think the person who casted the actors for this movie deserves a huge award, they did an absolute wonderful job. The second is actually a little bit better than the first. My only dream is that they would come out with a third one, I belive that it is a dismal wish however since the second one came out a while a go, and there has been no talk about a third. Do yourself a favor and watch these you won't be displeased.
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Now I normally despise remakes of old tv shows, but the Brady Bunch movies are different - they don't "do the same old thing" with updated sets and characters nothing like the originals...

...they are the original characters surrounded by an updated reality.

The movies are parodies of the tv show they pay homage to, but at themselves as well. They are not a desire to modernize old characters that some dilettante dingbat thinks modern audiences would appreciate (hint, modern audiences DON'T), but the writers actually did something creative without losing the essence of the original characters. They knew the charcters and how to fit the new style comedy. They have the surreal spark that actually makes doing something with an old premise worthwhile. And such a mix is a rare treat; that most tv-made-into-movies creators just cannot even begin to grasp.

The movies themselves are a handful of vignettes from original TV episodes; but warped with modern day society - including puns that would otherwise be deemed vulgar, come off surprisingly inoffensive because these characters are still in the 1970s and the rest of the world is in 1995 (or 1996).

Well, there are some differences - nobody expected the movie's writers to also incorporate the actual actors' behind-the-scenes moments into the movies as well; it has been said that the actors playing Marcia and Greg may have dated, so lo and behold the writers turn Movie Marcia and Movie Greg into doing it. This is somewhat perverse, but because we all know it's a self-referential homage, the end result is more hilarious than vulgar.

Of course, there are the DVDs themselves - the 5.1 Dolby sound is terrific, and the visual looks colorful and crisp, even if there are some periodic artifacting defects.
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When my brother told me to watch these movies, I thought, huh? You've got to be kidding. I grew up watching the series, but as an adult, I couldn't fathom watching it now. But these movies are great! All the actors have every mannerism of their character down pat, and the writing actually is pretty tongue in cheek regarding the series. You won't be disappointed!
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Shelley Long (as Carol), Gary Cole (as Mike) and Christine Taylor (as Marsha) were born to play these roles. The rest of the cast is great too (no-name Jan, Jennifer Cox, has some great lines and confused looks). Gary Cole nailed all of Mike Brady's mannerisms, voice inflections, and all around character to a flipping tee. Shelley Long was a great choice and she played the part of ever upbeat and quirky Carol beautifully. I couldn't have chosen two better actors to play Mike & Carol - these two performers knew their charactors like the back of their hands. For those of us who grew up in the late 1960's and 70's when the Brady's were on prime time TV - these movies are a great flashback. The Brady's are still stuck in their 70's time warp with all of America changing (1990's style) around them. The house interior and backyard scenes were just as I remembered them. While each of these movies are not deep or valuable as far as the material goes... the entertainment value in my book is still high. These 2 movies were just plain fun to watch and I found myself laughing out loud many times. The "Sequel" is equally good and just as funny. Cameos by most of the original cast and a few other stars including Michael McKean (Lavern & Shirley's "Lenny") and Davey Jones and The Monkees. DVD extras are minimal, but worth it on the low price alone.
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These movies are an instant classic. If you liked the original TV series, you'll love these spoofs. The acting is great and the characters are so believable. Fun for the whole family and very well done. Actually the Sequel is better than the first, but overall they both get 5 outta 5 stars. "Far out and Groooovy!"
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Wonderfully funny and often hilarious take on the iconic 70s family in a 90s world.
While this movie would be enjoyed by those on the outside, so to speak, to a regular watcher of the TV series, as so many of us kids of the 70's were, it is filled with great lines and references to episodes of the original series. I say laugh out loud funny, and I don't use that phrase lightly. Done campy but lovingly,
Sherwood Schwartz, the shows creator, had his hand in this production. The actors are "right on" with their portrayals. Especially Christine Taylor as the vain Marcia Marcia Marcia and Gary Cole as the advice dispensing Mike Brady. Both very well done and yes funny movies.
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I' a big fan of the original Brady Bunch series and watched them while growing up as well as watching re-runs again present day. The movie remakes were done well. The actors all looked very close to the original characters from physical appearances to the way they spoke and moved. The movies picked a bunch of the popular episodes and meshed them all in together into the movie on top of the main plots. They were a lot of fun to watch and are added to my collection of other Brady Bunch DVD's
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