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The Brady Bunch Movie

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
4 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
January 1999
IMDB Name:
Brady Bunch Movie, The (1995)
Betty Thomas
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for racy innuendos.


Watching the cast of The Brady Bunch Movie is a little spooky. Shelley Long's performance is dead on. It was possible to forget that it wasn't Florence Henderson. Henriette Mantel's Alice is almost as close. She's got the strong physical resemblance, and good imitations of the expressions and inflections. The men don't fare quite as well. The hair is half the part, and that they definitely get right.

Subversive Influences

There are two primary sources of comedy in the movie: the Brady family failing to be influenced by the present, and seeing the Brady family with twenty years of change in the way. Michael McKean plays the quintessential slimeball, but he's completely unable to phase any of them. The physical punishments he endures fit in nicely with the cheesy television programming of the time. Watching Alanna Ubach as Marcia's best "friend" was hilarious. Contrasting the role with her part in Clockwatchers is even funnier.

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