A Very Brady Sequel

Hello again!  Thank you for joining me today to review “A Very Brady Sequel”!  The film came out the year following its predecessor.  The entire cast, except David Graf playing Sam, returned for the sequel.  The film took a fun poke at one of the most pondered questions from the original series.  What happened to Carol’s first husband?  I had always assumed the biological father to Marcia, Jan and Cindy had passed away.  Some surmised he and Carol divorced.  Well, “A Very Brady Sequel” has fun with the question and has hubby number one dawning the Brady doorstep.  Let’s begin reviewing “A Very Brady Sequel”!

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The story opens with an Indiana Jones-like adventure.  Two adventurers find themselves in Thailand unearthing a horse statue.  As they seek to leave with their prize, it is stated that the artifact recovered was mailed to the wife of one of the men.  Then we see one of the men cut the fuel line on the boat once it is out to sea.  This harrowing scene is then followed with a scene from an auction.  A horse like the one dug up in Thailand is on the auction block for a whopping $20 million dollars.  An auction attendee questions where the other might be as it is shown sitting in the Brady living room.    The opening  credits soon roll and “A Very Brady Sequel” is underway.

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The scenes at the Brady home begin like an episode of the series.  Jan and Marcia arrive home from the last day of school before summer break.  Jan is still a loser and Marcia still a pompous beauty.  Mike Brady scoffs at the idea of cable TV even being possible as he ends a phone call.  Upstairs, Peter shares with Carol he is not excited at the prospect of working alongside Mike at the architecture firm that summer or in even being an architect.  Regular viewers will recall this was a dilemma Greg faced in the original series.  It was interesting how it was changed up for the movie.

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We see Alice in the kitchen mixing up a batch of pink muck that will eventually be a meatloaf.  Alongside it is a huge tub of lard.  This gave me a chuckle as even the unhealthy ways of the 1970s are part of the Brady’s own little sphere.  Although, I have heard that lard does add a very scrumptious flavor to some foods.  I don’t remember my mom ever using it in the 1980s and I have never even noticed it for sale in a store.  Readers, if any of you can attest to what lard adds to a dish (aside from very unhealthy calories and fats), please share.  One will also notice a large quantity of salt in use in the scene.

Some plot points of old are inserted into the opening of the film.  Greg seeks to be a man and wears clothes almost identical (if not so) to those worn in the original episode.  The attic room is a bone of contention between Greg and Marcia.  The pair seek to settle occupancy via building a house of cards.  As they partake of the card building contest, a basketball comes sailing down from upstairs and misses Carol’s favorite vase.  It does result in grape juice being spilled on the valuable horse, making it necessary to be sent out for repairs.

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Soon, the fun new element (that in my opinion made this film better than the first) is introduced.  Carol’s first husband graces the Brady doorstep!  He explains away his change in appearance by regaling the kids with tales of adventure.  An elephant stepped on his head, making reconstructive surgery necessary.  Being tortured on a rack increased his height. Peter is especially enamored with Carol’s ex-husband.

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Tim Matheson

The assumed Roy Martin was played by Tim Matheson. While he has a very familiar face, I could not name another movie or show I’ve seen him in. A check of his acting resume shows he was in the film “Yours, Mine and Ours” which some attribute to being the inspiration of the original Brady Bunch series. Some also dispute this. Other acting credits include “Magnum Force”, “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.

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Jan’s woes continue as we see her preparing for bed.  Savvy viewers will notice the bowl of lemons on the bathroom counter among her other beauty treatments.   The next day, just before she seeks fatherly counsel from her assumed biological dad, Roy Martin is revealed to be a fraud.  Whoever this guy is, he is there to steal the valuable artifact horse.   He suggests Jan solve her love-life issues via a faux boyfriend.  This launches a humorous George Glass subplot.

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The attic subplot continues as Greg and Marcia are sharing the space.  This was the solution Mike came up with when the siblings were feuding over the space.  In the nonsensical and aloof version of the Bradys this movie gives us, this is funny writing.  Mike and Carol always did encourage their children to share and share alike.  However, suggesting two teenagers of the opposite sex share a space like this is just silly.  With the newfound knowledge that Greg and Marcia may no longer be stepbrother and stepsister, the pair look at one another in a new light and hormones rage.  This is one of those risque elements introduced into the wholesome show of old that I did not care for in either movie.

At the local pool, Jan tries to fuel the George Glass ruse.  In a husky voice, she makes a call to have herself paged by George.  The plot fails when Marcia fails to hear the page because of another pool goer’s loud music.    Jan soon encounters her guidance counselor, Ms. Cummings, from the first movie.  RuPaul reprises the role for this film.

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While Jan chats with Ms. Cummings, a funny scene plays out.  Ms. Cummings’ own three daughters walk up and appear to be trio quite similar to the Brady girls.  The oldest sister is a babe who enjoys combing her flowing locks.  The middle child suffers angst in the shadow of her sister and laments how it is always, “Moesha, Moesha, Moesha!”

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“Roy Martin” gives Peter a set of nunchaku (aka nunchuks).  Upon bringing them to Mike’s office, Peter conks Mr. Phillips in the head with them.  Mike chides Peter that drumsticks are not toys.  Peter corrects him that they are weapons.  Mike replies that weapons are not toys either.  For some reason this got a good laugh out of me.  Mr. Phillips was played by Steven Gilborn in both films.  If I had not checked, I would have sworn he played a role at some point on the original series.  He just has that look about him.  That was not the case though as IMDB lists his first acting role in 1983.  I will always remember him as Mr. Collins from The Wonder Years.  Steven Gilborn died in 2009.

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“Roy Martin” suffers a visit to an outdoor mall with the Brady kids.  It was chance to show the culture clash between the lives of the Bradys and an outsider and for them to perform song and dance.  It was a fun scene that ends with him wearing some very Brady like attire.

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An unexpected homage to another corner of the Brady universe is worked into “A Very Brady Sequel”.  Alice finds some mushrooms among “Roy Martin’s” things and surmises he would like them as part of his meal.  She includes them with some spaghetti, sending Roy on an drug fueled hallucination full of images of The Brady Kids cartoon.  Along with the cartoon versions of the kids, we see Ping and Pong the pandas and Marlon the magic bird.  When I first saw this in 1996, I was not familiar with the cartoon at all, so this bit completely escaped my memory.  Seeing the cartoon worked into this plot was a fun surprise.

In an added bit of humor, Alice also partook of the spaghetti and is seen exiting the scene via the Brady’s refrigerator.

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Peter, following Mr. Martin’s advice, tries to be tough on the job with Mike.  He chides some burly construction workers for loafing on the job.  They laugh at Peter’s failed attempt at taking charge and suggest he should become part of the cement being mixed that day.  This scene is a fine example of why I enjoyed the sequel more than the original.  This was just a funny bit with one of the Bradys that wasn’t trying to mimic some scene or plot from the original series.

Another touch of the old series comes about as Greg and Marcia attempt a date rivalry with Kathy Lawrence and Warren Mulaney.  This worked into romantic subplot involving Greg and Marcia.  The courting couples visit a coffee shop.  The only eye rolling moment for the film came when Jan enters the same establishment with a mannequin/doll that is supposed to be George Glass.  I realize this is a satire/comedy, but this was just dumb and unfunny for me.  The earlier scene where Jan tried to call 555-HUNK to create the ruse that she was speaking to George on the phone was quite funny.  Marcia snatches the phone and invites George to Mike and Carol’s anniversary party. Upon learning it will “cost extra”, Jan’s ruse is busted.  The George Glass subplot should have ended there, but continued onto this nonsense at the coffee shop.

Roy Martin fails to obtain the prized horse at a charity auction as he is outbid by Zsa Zsa Gabor. This was her final film role. He steals the horse for himself and goes on the run.  kidnappedAs part of his villainous ways, he kidnaps Carol and ties up all the Brady kids and Alice.  The camera pans along each character’s mug as they all think to themselves how the predicament is his or her own fault.  All of them except Marcia, who blames Jan.  An added touch of humor is played out as even Cindy’s doll is tied up.  Mike arrives home to find his family tied up and Roy Martin exposed as a con-man.  He lets the family know they are pursuing Roy and Carol to Hawaii.

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Mike learns of Roy Martin’s not being Roy Martin by paying a visit to the LAPD.  There we get a fun cameo by Richard Belzer.  He was recognizable to me via his role on Law and Order: SVU, but at the time would have been recognized as John Munch from Homicide: Life On The Street.  The precinct is abuzz with activity dealing with grisly murders and street crime.  Mike Brady enters demanding an instant background check on a no-gooder at his home.

En route to Hawaii, the Brady kids attempt a song and dance number, much to the chagrin of the other passengers.  A stewardess soon shuts this down via an announcement on the plane’s public address system.  The kids silently dance back to badlucktheir seats.  In Hawaii, Roy rents a jeep to travel about the island in.  Savvy viewers will notice the car rental agent’s name tag reads Mr. Hanalei.  With Carol in tow, Mr. Martin races to meet his buyer of the horse artifact.  He soon finds his jeep disabled as the taboo idol punctures a tire.  The pair proceed on foot to meet the buyer as the Bradys and Alice give chase.

Things come to a head at the home of Dr. Whitehead.  The character’s name is a fun nod to the professor who the boys encountered in Hawaii in the original series. For the film, Dr. Whitehead was played by John Hillerman.  This was a nice attribute to the series Magnum P.I. that was set in Hawaii where Hillerman played Jonathan Quayle Higgins.  My favorite line of the movie is delivered as we learn that Dr. Whitehead’s own son, Gilligan, was aboard the same boat that the real Roy Martin was lost at sea on.  What a fantastic tie-in to Sherwood Schwartz other infamous sitcom.  Mike saves the day as he knocks Carol’s captor into a fountain.

Back at the Brady home, the still married couple celebrate their anniversary with a second wedding.  Carol is wearing a dress very similar to the one seen in the pilot cameo2episode.  Mike has on a tuxedo more fitting a bad nightclub performer.  While in Hawaii, Jan met a genuine George Glass and he is at the anniversary celebration.  A surprising reference to the Bradys of old is seen as there is a quick shot of Cousin Oliver.  He is seen chasing Tiger after he runs across the table.  The film ends on a strange note as Jeannie, from I Dream of Jeannie appears in the Brady driveway claiming to be Mike’s wife.  This was a bit of a headscratcher for me.  I Dream of Jeannie and The Brady Bunch have nothing in common aside from being classic sitcoms.  I adore Barbara Eden, but she just seems out of place here.

As stated before, I enjoyed “A Very Brady Sequel” much more than “The Brady Bunch Movie”. Unlike the original, the second installment did not feel like the writers were trying to cram as many original episode plots and jokes into a single film.  While some of that continued, it was a bit more subtle than in the original film.  At least one critic agreed with me as Gene Siskel stated this movie was “A genuine movie rarity – a sequel better than the original.”  Please share with us your own thoughts and opinions of “A Very Brady Sequel”!

In a few weeks we will be reviewing “The Bradys”.  I’ve never watched a single episode of the series, but from what has been shared online and by others, the show was a total miss.  Maybe that won’t be the case!  See you soon.

 

 

Author: bradybunchreviewed

I am a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch. I love it for it's wholesomeness, it's absurdity and how it serves as a time capsule for a time that really never existed, but so many of us wish it did. The show was off the air by the time I was born, but I enjoyed it daily at 4:35 PM for years on Atlanta's Superstation 17, TBS. Through the years I've enjoyed the Brady Bunch spinoffs (however short lived), revivals in pop culture, books, reunions, movies and spoofs. Now, I am excited to be revisiting the show after nearly a decade's hiatus from viewing. I am a parent now, so there may be some new perspectives never before experienced. I hope my fellow fans, lovers and haters alike of the Brady Bunch will join me on this blogging adventure and share your own thoughts and observations.

36 thoughts on “A Very Brady Sequel”

  1. In a comment I wrote about The Brady Bunch Movie, I said that some of The Bradys in this movie weren’t as insane, in this case, I thought Peter, Jan, Bobby, and Cindy were the only normal thinking Bradys. However, in this movie, while I do appreciate that all of the characters got equal screen time, the mindset of The Bradys were pretty much inverted mostly. Mike, Carol, Greg, and Marcia’s struggles were relateable in this movie and they pretty much thought normally while the others were insane. Jan’s depression was hammed up, Peter acted like an 8 year old when he is 15-17 years of age (Why a maturing Teenager would be gullible enough to take weapons from a stranger is beyond me). Bobby didn’t exactly change, but Cindy’s adorable factor was hammed up even more, up to the point where her character became artificial.

    Nonetheless, I found this movie funnier, and really enjoyed it more than the first movie.

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  2. This movie was a bit better and I thought it was funny with the kids singing ‘Good Time Music’ on the plane and we all know planes are not THAT big.

    I do have one question, how did Mr. Whitehead know about the line being cut when he wasn’t there. Or was there just an assumption as there were two guys in that boat?

    I thought it was a funny nod to Gilligan’s Island though but I do agree about the ending, it was totally out of place.

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    1. Tim Matheson was known as Tim Matthieson in his child acting career, when he appeared on shows like LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and MY THREE SONS, and through his appearance on “Yours, Mine and Ours”. He shortened/simplified his last name to Matheson sometime before he appeared on the last season of BONANZA in 1972. I didn’t really appreciate or notice him much as an actor until he appeared in this movie. I especially loved his dream sequence (“I’m tripping with the Bradys!”).

      I now know from this review that I accidentally attributed scenes from this movie that I enjoyed (the pool, George Glass) to the original movie when I wrote a post about it after its review here. I should probably take time at some point to watch them both again, as I got them in a DVD set, along with “The Brady Bunch in the White House” and “Growing Up Brady” in a DVD set awhile back. I probably also thought that Alice put lard in her meatloaf in the earlier film. The idea of putting lard in meatloaf is pretty disgusting, especially since the ground beef used to make it has enough of its own fat content. I think lard is used more in baking, especially in pie crusts and fried fruit pies, but I’m sure it’s used less now than in the past.

      I also noticed the mix-up with names (The Professor was Roy Hinkley, not Roy Martin.) when I first saw this film. I’m sure most of the movie-watchers had forgotten the Professor’s full name, since it was only mentioned once in the GI series, so they likely didn’t catch the error here. Renaming him Roy Martin did tie him into Carol’s original married name, so it worked on that level. I also mis-remembered the last gag of this film with Jeannie’s appearance. I thought it was Mike who fainted, and I remember laughing about it heartily when I first saw it, since I think Carol fainted at finding out about Roy, and it would’ve made a funny symmetrical joke. Now that I know Carol fainted again, it’s not as funny to me. It was nice to see Barbara Eden as Jeannie again, in any case.

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  3. Mike – are you skipping reviewing the 3rd movie until you can get a viewing copy?
    In the meantime, here is the opening of “THE BRADY BUNCH IN THE WHITE HOUSE”, via YouTube:

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  4. You can see the Sherwood influence in the slapstick antics mixed with the lack of coherency, Robert Reed would have demanded, in these two parody movies.

    I dare say that, had there been a 6th season (Carol having fraternal twins, both a boy and girl; Cousin Oliver remaining, Greg off to college and Reed replaced), we’d be looking at a whole different series, with much more broad, slapstick humor and wacky Brady-esque antics that, might not have felt as genuine as the first 5 seasons.

    That aside, I very much enjoyed this sequel.

    The early shot of Carol entering the kitchen showed the dining room wall where the China cabinet and small table are up against, rarely shown in the series.

    Marcia’s lips look both overly glossy and inflated!

    When the kids get bound to the stairs, Marcia gets tied 1/2 spread eagle.

    Cameos: a young David Ramsey (“Diggle” on ARROW) is one of the pool life guards that Greg talks to before spotting Marcia in a bikini;
    David Spade as Carol’s new hairstylist; at the auction, a vase was donated by “Mrs. McCormick and Ms. Plumb”; Zsa Zsa Gabor prefers sausage to Rosie O’Donnell’s chili suggestion; and
    MIKE – who is “Mr. Hanalei” in Brady lore?

    LOL moments: Mike Brady to counter clerk (regarding Carol), “Well, of course she does. We ALL want to be gay – don’t we kids?” works on so many levels, especially having Mike say it.
    And – the return of Tiger & Cousin Oliver!😄

    Too bad that horse wasn’t saved and used for the HGTV renovation; they went thru quite an ordeal to replicate it.

    Now…can someone explain the ending to me? No, not Jeannie appearing – I really liked her inclusion so much that I thought Sherwood had a hand in producing that series too – I mean the alternate universe where Gilligan and the Professor were archaeologists in Indonesian waters and it was Pr. Roy Martin, not Roy Hinckley? Why was Gilligan’s Dad’s last name different than Gilligan’s?
    Was the SS Minnow carrying the other horse that got lost at sea?
    I’m totally confused; please help!

    I recall seeing a YouTube video that froze the opening of the Minnow leaving port and, you could count EIGHT figures on the boat, which may have been where they got the idea to have one sabotage and jump ship.

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    1. If Series 6 did happen, the show would’ve apparently gone into a much darker direction now that most of the kids were older from what I’ve read. According to Barry Williams’ book, he was rooting for the show to go into that particular direction. Bobby was supposed to get a girlfriend (even though he already got one in the previous season), there was supposed to be an episode dealing with drug abuse, along with one where Mike apparently punches Greg after they get into an argument. However, there would still be a few lighthearted moments here and there. There was supposed to be more musical episodes to promote the Brady children’s singing career, and there would be an episode where Cindy would get a horse. Plus, Cousin Oliver also existed and since Greg is now out of the picture, Peter would be buffed up to the oldest Brady child.

      Unfortunately, the show was cancelled the very moment Robert Reed announced his departure. Which is a shame too, I think that now that the show would probably have been more coherent, Robert would’ve finally got what he wanted from the series

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      1. Oliver was going to be back in season 6 as well. I know Reed was most likely gone season 6 but I have to admit, i wonder what his reaction would have been to hitting his on son even if this was on TV. I did read that on Barry’s book and that was interesting.

        Vincent, about the alternate universe you are asking…. only I can think of is SS and LS just wanted to bring up Gilligan’s Island in the movie and just didn’t care that it didn’t make sense. That’s all I got.

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      2. The plot ideas for Greg to punch Mike and for Cindy to own a horse weren’t seriously considered by Sherwood Schwartz or any other producers on the series. From what I read in Barry’s book & later books, they were plot ideas promoted by Barry & Susan respectively when they were exercising power they thought they were getting from their new manager, some Mr. Schotz (sp?). Personally I’d have hated for the series to take that turn in its plots, and I’m glad it was cancelled when it was.

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      3. I agree. In my opinion, The Bradys was always known for its camp charm, but the show had increasingly departed from reality during Series 5, which was what made Robert quit the series. To cave in to the demands of the cast and take a full 180 degree turn in tone would be quite jarring.

        But nonetheless, at least we’d have gotten some more character development. I mean, I already mentioned Mike Lookinland wanting Bobby and Milicent’s relationship to be more developed.

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    2. Hi Vincent! Mr . Hanalei was the man in the Hawaii episodes who told the kids that the Tabu was cursed and had to be returned to the cave.

      As for questioning the Gilligan tie in, I agree it was likely just lazy writing that was thrown in for a quick gag. However, I love speculating about beloved characters and their pasts, so here goes.

      Dr. Whitehead was Willy Gilligan’s stepfather. He married Gilligan’s mom after Gilligan’s dad, Charles, passed away. He greatly respected Charles Gilligan and wanted his stepson to keep the name.
      The skipper, being the great captain he was and with the Professor’s know how, managed to get the boat back to Hawaii, even though disabled. The boat was then repaired. As compensation to the professor for his help getting back to Hawaii, the Skipper offered just a three hour tour to some beautiful spots nearby. Still fearing Trevor’s nefarious ways, he traveled under the assumed name of Roy Hinkley. It is surmised the boat’s previous damage resulted in the ill fated cruise being lost at sea.

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      1. Mike – this is EXACTLY why I keep returning to this blog! I also enjoy speculating about these characters and explaining away inconsistencies and, this one had me stumped.
        Whitehead is the stepfather: simple yet brilliant!

        A boat trip from Indonesia to Hawaii is nearly 6,000 miles; apparently, there are a LOT of uncharted islands for the tiny Minnow to refuel and restock at, on that voyage home.

        Where did the name, “Charles” come from?

        So if the Pr.’s assistant tried to kill them as part of his plan to get the statue [sent back to the Pr.’s wife (Carol Martin)]:
        1) why’d it take him years to attempt contacting her?;
        2) was the appearance of the other horse statue at the opening auction scene, ever explained (i.e. where that one came from)?
        3) I’m thinking the real Pr. Martin (nee Hinckley), once rescued in 1978, saw his wife and daughters on their own 1976 variety show, all smiles with their new Dad and brothers, and became so disheartened, that he threw himself back into his work and never spoke of them (this would explain his seeming aloofness to Ginger’s advances, i.e. – he was married with three girls of his own). Perhaps there were even plans to divorce when he was “lost at sea”, and so set the stage for the unclear martial status of one Carol Martin. With the Minnow lost in ’64 and her remarriage in ’69, maybe he was declared dead a bit early/divorce was pushed through quickly.

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      2. I just pulled the name Charles out of the air.
        1.) As for Trevor’s delay in contacting Carol: He was obviously some kind of crook so he could not just purchase a plane ticket and fly to California. He probably had to navigate the criminal underworld to make it back there and that would take some time. He also had to allow for a length of time to make his story of facial reconstruction and being stretched on a rack plausible. Upon returning to California, he would have to search out a few people named “Carol Martin” to find the right one. He would not have known she was now Carol Brady until he happened upon the right Carol Martin whose family/friends shared she had remarried. The internet was not the finder of all things quickly back in 1997.
        2.) The other horse might have been around for centuries and just passed from one collector to another.
        3.) Your third point sounds plausible to me. He and Carol might have had an unhappy union and he sought those assignments that took him away for extended periods. Upon his return, he saw her and his daughters happy and just let it continue as such.

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  5. Aside from a gag episode in The Brady Bunch Book, by Edelstein & Lovece, the thought of Greg and Marcia being attracted to one another never even occurred to me. Like Barry Williams wrote in his own book, two step-siblings having the hots for one another is different than two actors who are pretending to be related. That, along with Roy/Trevor being unkind to the Brady’s in their own home, have me leaning more towards liking the first film better.

    Honestly, I remember my mom and grandmom using Crisco, but not lard, which I mostly related to pre-70’s cooking, as well as pre-70’s shows.

    Having seen The Brady Kids first run, I enjoyed the animated sequences. The scene with Carol at the hair dressers seemed like a waste of time, in more ways than one.

    Along with Det. Munch, Richard Belzer played Inspector Henderson on Lois and Clark. I liked how the shots of him in the film were done in handheld fashion, in comparison to Mike at the police station being filmed steadily.

    I laughed at, not with, the Gilligan connection. Not only were the names different than Willy Gilligan and Prof. Roy Hinkley, but characters from Gilligan’s Island were mentioned in the first film. While Ginger would be considered a public figure, Mary Ann and Gilligan wouldn’t be.

    No wonder the movie Mike could afford to be so restrained. When the time came, he backed up his “you’ve got some explaining to do” with a wallop that taught Trevor a lesson about mistreating his family. Caveat Emptor! Speaking of which, the horse was rightfully purchased and owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor.

    The original Tiger was really hit by a car. The scene with Oliver chasing him still could have worked even without the sound effects.

    I loved the appearance of Jeannie at the end. Sherwood Schwartz meets Sidney Sheldon! Barbara Eden starred in the Harper Valley PTA series that Sherwood produced, so there was a slight connection. I’m almost positive that Mr. Schwartz also has a cameo during the final scene. Just before the bouquet toss, there’s a smiling gentleman wearing glasses on the left side of the screen that looks very much like him.

    My favorite funniest scene was when Alice tells Bobby, after being handed down Peter’s detective kit, to find her girlish figure, with Carol & Mike responding in unison, “Oh, Alice!” Now, that’s the Brady Bunch that I love!

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  6. You can find blocks of lard that are sold in a cardboard box, usually in the ethnic or Hispanic sections of grocery stores, since it’s still used in Mexican dishes. It IS very flavorful, and adds an authentic taste to many foods, but it’s SOOO unhealthy. Just like most things, it’s ok in moderation or as a special treat once in a while, but not a steady diet of it. Crisco shortening is a good substitute for it though, if you’re not big into copious amounts of animal fat.

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    1. Pure, natural fats are NOT unhealthy. They’re actually free of carbs and chemicals. Calorie-dense, yes. But that usually means they make you feel full faster, and won’t be hungry an hour later.

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  7. I enjoyed this movie although not quite as much as the first one.

    A couple quick thoughts:

    1. Am I the only person who found the whole “Greg and Marcia attracted to each other”subplot creepy? I know they’re not related by blood but they still live together as brother and sister. For me the whole thing had a huge yuck factor!

    2. I know some people might accuse me of heresy for saying this but I prefer the film’s version of “Time To Change” over the original. In fact I LOVE this version. So much that I ordered the soundtrack on Amazon and like a 5 year old child I’m listening to it 3 or 4 times in a row every day.

    3. I also love the “Good Time Music” performance on the airplane. I don’t know if there’s ever been a moment in the series or movies where I wanted to be a Brady more. I’ve been known to sing along loudly to songs on the radio in stores much to the embarassment of my friends so this scene was right up my alley.

    What was the deal with all the people on the plane being annoyed by it though? What a bunch of sticks-in-the mud. At least at the end the nun joins in with the tambourine.

    4. For me the biggest laugh comes in Hawaii when they’re getting off/on the plane. One of the adults asks where Marcia is and Cindy replies: “She’s over there getting lei’d by those Hawaiian boys.” While overall I wasn’t a fan of the sexual innuendos and double entendres in the films this one cracked me up.

    5. It was nice to see the George Glass storyline work out for Jan in the end without her being embarrassed. If anyone is looking for a funny parody of the Brady’s George Glass character I strongly recommend The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episode with the Hansel & Gretel segment.

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    1. Paul,
      The 1st time I saw this movie, the sexual tension between the older siblings seemed, as I think it was put, “yucky” to me.

      After reading many times over how Barry and Maureen were crazy about each other and, barely could keep their hands off one another in real life, I’m more accepting that the screenwriters were simply playing off of actual occurrences, on the original set.

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      1. Wow! While I knew about the romantic chemistry between Barry and Maureen it never occurred to me that the writers of the film were probably referencing that by having Greg and Marcia attracted to each other. Not sure how I missed that one as it’s pretty obvious. LOL!

        Vincent, you just helped me see this in a whole new light.

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    1. Thanks to the commenters and our reviewer, I understand why the movies are written the way they were. Grant it, I still don’t like the movies. 😎

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  8. That whole gag about the Meatloaf was hilarious. I don’t even remember the Brady’s eating that much meatloaf during the course of the series.

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