Very Brady Sequel, A

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

The original Brady Bunch movie last year turned out to be surprisingly popular. This current comedy sequel also features the Brady family, made famous in a TV series in the early 1970s. The family consists of parents Mike and Carol, played by Gary Cole and Shelly Long, along with three boys from his first marriage (Christopher Barnes, Paul Sutura and Jesse Lee) and their three girls from hers (Christine Taylor, Jennifer Cox, Olivia Hack). Like the original, it derives its humor from portraying the traditional, cheerful Brady family naively unaware of the contemporary society around them. But it has a new plot twist, as a man named Roy (Tim Mathieson) shows up at the Brady's door insisting that he is Carol's long-lost former husband. The dutiful Bradys take him in as a welcome quest and the family blissfully continues its idyllic life. The children are fascinated with Roy's adventure stories, but eventually it becomes clear that he can't be trusted. The dialogue is so naive and corny that some viewers will be bored and inclined to leave, but others will think it's hilarious. Overall, it just might be as popular as the original BRADY movie.

That film had a great deal of sexually suggestive humor, and this sequel follows in the same vein, although it is not as offensive. It is filled with subtle, suggestive comments alluding to sex and genitals, to which the Bradys are completely oblivious. Also, oldest teens Greg and Marcia, in keeping with their naive attitudes, suddenly realize they are not blood relatives and become attracted to each other, leading to some mildly sexually suggestive incidents. In one scene, they watch the silhouettes of each other as each undresses behind a curtain. In a pool side scene, boys are seen ogling girls in brief bikinis. However, the film has no sex and only two mild crudities, two slang expressions for sex and one regular profanity. Like the original movie, this one makes fun of the traditional, wholesome lifestyle of the Bradys. This will irritate some viewers, but it's the sexually suggestive humor which is the film's most serious flaw.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times - Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Twice (slang expressions for sex)

Profanity: Several (5) times - Regular once (Christ's Sake), Exclamatory 4

Violence: Few times - Moderate (Man hit with stick; man struck with fist; children tied up)

Sex: None

Nudity: None; Near nudity - several times (girls in bikinis)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times - Moderate (unintended suggestive remarks about sex and genitals; boy and girl watch each other undress behind curtain; girls picks up mannequin by crotch)

Drugs: Man and woman unknowingly eat drugs in food and hallucinate

Other: Subtle satire on traditional values

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults

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