Brady Bunch Movie, The
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L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Here’s a story of a lovely lady …
Duration: 90 min
|Director: Betty Thomas
Writer: Sherwood Schwartz, Laurice Elehwany
Starring: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christine Taylor, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Jennifer Elise Cox, Paul Sutera, Olivia Hack, Jesse Lee Soffer, Henriette Mantel, Alanna Ubach
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If you grew up in the 1970s, chances are that you were a big fan of The Brady Bunch on television. The show featured a blended family, with mom Carol and her three daughters moving in with Mike Brady and his three sons. Rounding out the group is Alice, the housekeeper.
The Brady Bunch Movie takes all nine characters from the 1970s (bellbottoms, macramé and all) and transports them into the 1990s, when the film was made. They are all seemingly unaware that their values, clothes and “far out” language are out of place, and the classic Brady characters dropped into a different world is good for many a laugh.
The plot finds them $20,000 behind on their property taxes, and Mike (Gary Cole) has a hard time selling his 1970s architectural designs to get an advance from his boss. The kids all try to help, and Jan (Jennifer Elise Cox) suggests they enter a Search for the Stars contest to win the money. They all ignore the suggestion until Marcia (Christine Taylor) brings it up again, fueling Jan’s “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” rant that her sister gets all the attention.
In a subplot, Marcia’s best friend Noreen (Alanna Ubach) is in love with her, but Marcia is clueless, even when Noreen “accidentally” touches her leg during a sleepover. Noreen finally kisses her during the ending credits!
Watch this movie is you know that you will appreciate the tv show references – like Marsha getting hit in the nose with a football, Cindy (Olivia Hack) as a tattletail, and more. Florence Henderson, the original Carol, makes an appearance as the grandmother, and Ann B. Davis, the original Alice, drops in as a truck driver who picks up Jan when she runs away. (AB)