A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof  |   Release Date - Aug 23, 1996 (USA)  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Karl Williams

This sequel to a hit comedy spoof of the vacuous '70s television series has even more sly, naughty fun with its basic time warp concept than its predecessor, probably because the first film's box-office success unshackled the filmmakers from adherence to their source material's superficially family friendly tone. By fully embracing the satirical possibilities of the Bradys' anachronistic foolishness, director Arlene Sanford provides some welcome zingers that take aim at everything from teen sexuality to that other show created by ham-and-cheese server Sherwood Schwartz, Gilligan's Island. Gary Cole and Shelley Long are as gifted at mimicking their iconic roles as previously, while Christine Taylor again steps nimbly to center stage as the self-involved Marcia. The appearance of RuPaul as a high school guidance counselor is a stupid, one-note throwaway bit that proves this follow-up isn't without its share of deserved stinkers among its more effective gags. Overall, however, A Very Brady Sequel (1996) is a laudable second act that's funny enough to earn a subsequent chapter in the franchise.