The Brady Bunch is without a doubt classic television. It was the gateway between the surgery sweet predictable domestic/families comedies that came before it and the programs that came after it that was closer to real life.
After several decades of reruns, the television show was brought to the big screen. In 1995, The Brady Bunch Movie premiered. A satirical take on the television series, the movie places the sugary sweet 1960’s/1970’s Brady Bunch characters into a mid 1990’s cynical world. Mike (Gary Cole) and Carol (Shelley Long) need to raise $20,000 within a week. If they don’t, they will loose their house to their scheming neighbor Larry Dittmeyer (Michael McKean). As usual, it is up the Brady kids to save the day.
This movie is dated, but in a good way. For fans of the original series, the in jokes and wink, wink, nudge, nudge nuances are built in. For those looking to skewer The Brady Bunch in a satirical way, that is also built into the script.
A year later, the sequel premiered.
A Very Brady Sequel (1996) answered the question that The Brady Bunch never seemed answer: What happened to Mike and Carol’s previous spouses? Roy Martin (Tim Matheson) arrives on the doorsteps of the Brady’s house claiming to be Carol’s first husband. Roy is easily embraced by the family, but he may have more in mind than reuniting with his supposed ex-wife and daughters.
Riding on the satirical wave from the first film, this film dives even further in the Brady lore. While it is not as good as the first film, it still holds up as a decent entertainment.
I recommend them both.