common sense

ON for kids age 12
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Campy, affectionate send-up of a classic TV show.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this send-up of the wholesome 1970s TV show isn't quite as wholesome -- there's swearing, sibling rivalry, and sexual innuendo. There are jokes about sex, condoms, and the alcoholic Mrs. Dittmeyer is constantly hitting on the Brady men. Doug talks about Marcia like she's an object and calls her a "slut" when she refuses to have sex with him on the first date. One teen drinks. Another steals cars. Several swear. A girl in Marcia's class has a crush on her.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about parodies. Why do you think a show like The Brady Bunch was an easy target? Kids who are behind on their reruns can have parents explain some of the in-jokes. Do you think life in the early '70s was as innocent and tame as the TV show made it out to be, or was the Brady attitude an escapist one even back then? What other movies or even Youtube clips have you seen parody mainstream entertainment?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This is enormous fun, one of the best TV adaptations to date, and guaranteed to provoke a nostalgic misty eye and mischevious grin in anybody who's ever owned a crimplene tank top.

- Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Wonder of wonders, Thomas and her colleagues have turned this mother lode of 1970s kitsch into a pretty tasty little comedy.

- David Lyman, Film.com, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: A gentle, passable spoof.

- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Looking back to the groovy seventies, this send-up to the cultural iconoclast that was "The Brady Bunch" casts all new members to the roles in the Brady clan, and even features cameos from past ones. The story follows the same antics as any episode, with the fate of the Brady household up for grabs from a nineties' land developer. Fighting the stigma of living in the past (literally) and just having a great time being together as a family, they find ways to save themselves, and deal with a myriad of personal problems. It's great to see some of the largest problems of the series revisited for those nostalgic for the glory days. The Bradys are also shown to be happier, friendlier, and creepier than the nineties culture permits, and so they're strange in the same way as the dynamic of "The Munsters," another classic sitcom. While 1995 serves as a contrasting backdrop to the Bradys, it doesn't overwhelm the story. The new cast is very on point, and the entire film feels as campy as its predecessor, making it one of the better adaptations in this trend.

- FrizzDrop, Saturday, April 5, 2014

2 stars

The Brady Bunch never aired in England so the 1995 film is my very first encounter with the much loved American 60's sitcom. It's no surprise then that any in-joke there might have been flew right over my head. Was it a good update of the original? You'd have to ask someone else. There were quite a few updated film versions of old US sitcoms being produced in the 90s, most were bad. I think the Addams Family was probably the best. The Brady Bunch did seem to keep the self-knowing part of itself on the subtle side and I thought the script was pretty funny for the most part. The story was fairly cliched though, especially in the updated US sitcom category. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/the-brady-bunch-dir-betty-thomas-1995.html

- SirPant, Saturday, May 10, 2014

5 stars

It was great seeing the Brady Bunch opening credits on a large theatre screen. The writers were genius by taking the naive Brady family of the 1970's and putting them in a 1995 setting, so they stuck out like a sore thumb. The comedy often coms from witnessing the lack of understanding between the Brady family and other people; often shown as confused expressions on those on those peoples' faces. I love how often the Brady's are oblivious to things of the 90's which we take for granted. This movie is also has many references to "The Brady Bunch" TV series. I shake with laughter each time I re-watch this minor masterpiece of comedy.

- YosemiteSamFan, Sunday, June 10, 2007