The Brady Bunch Movie is a 1995 satirical comedy contrasting the lives of Carol, a lovely lady, Mike, a busy fellow and their six combined children in the world of modern day LA. Still wearing the clothes of the 70s, in the same house, with the same morals and the dilemmas of what makes one popular and hair shiny(?!), The Brady Bunch Movie is a really successful parody of contemporary western life (well, the mid 1990s) with saccharine-coated adventures (and some familiar plot lines) lifted straight from the paisley 1970s’ sitcom, with its unrealistic stereotypes and too-perfect characters.
Along with this new take, comes some new interpretations. Surrounded by crack, real estate rorts (befuddling for inept architect Mike, who can’t seem to design anything but Brady-style houses in a global, commercial market), the breakdown of wholesome images with a cynical society mocks the childhood nostalgia of TV memories held by the 1990s’ viewers and post 1990s’ audiences.
In this re-imagining of the perfect Brady world, Jan has gone psychotic, Marcia is a narcissist, Greg is lameo and Bobby breaking into manhood (perhaps they always were and it’s just taken the ’90s to point it out), all at the arresting speed of a Brady Bunch outing at the local Sears Super Mall.
It is delightful and groovy, featuring cameos from ’70s favourites The Monkees (with a special guest spot for dreamy Davy Jones and his special “Girl’) and most of the original cast members in various encounters with their alter egos throughout the spoof.
Successful and entertaining, The Brady Bunch Movie is well worth seeing, and we at the Sound of Movies hope you enjoy its whimsy and riotous take, on the Bradys approaching puberty in the 1990s.
We hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Sound of Movies – The Brady Bunch. This episode of The Sound of Movies was broadcast from the Gippsland FM studios on Saturday February 13th 2016 at 12pm.
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