“I’m tripping with the Bradys….” Roy Martin (Tim Matheson) announces shortly before he passes out in the 1996 film, A Very Brady Sequel.
And indeed, Roy is! That’s what happens when Alice (Henriette Mantel) discovers a bunch of hallucinogenic mushrooms in your luggage and decides to use them for dinner. It not only leads to Roy suffering through a cartoon Hell with the Bradys but it also causes Alice to disappear inside of the refrigerator. The Bradys, however, don’t really seem to find any of it to be strange. Safely hidden away in their home, the Bradys aren’t aware of things like drugs and bad trips. They’re more concerned with potato sack races and Cindy’s lisp and Jan’s imaginary boyfriend, George Glass.
A Very Brady Sequel is, as the title suggests, a sequel to The Brady Bunch Movie. In this one, conman Roy Martin shows up at the Brady House and claims to be the first husband of Carol Brady (Shelley Long). “This is Carol’s first husband,” Mike (Gary Cole) explains, “He’s not dead like we thought.” Mike might have mixed feelings about Roy being alive but he’s still determined to be a gracious host. That’s the Brady way.
Roy wants to steal a priceless artifact that’s sitting in the Brady house. It’s kind of a silly plot but then again, it’s a silly movie. The important thing is that it eventually leads to the Bradys flying to Hawaii, where we discover that Carol’s husband was a professor and he disappeared during a three-hour tour and apparently, there’s no chance that he could have washed up on an island somewhere.
A Very Brady Sequel never quite gets the love that the first Brady Bunch movie does but I enjoy it. Admittedly, it doesn’t have quite the same innocence as the first film. The focus is much more on Roy and his attempts to swindle the Bradys and, as a result, A Very Brady Sequel can sometimes feel a bit more mean-spirited than the first Brady Bunch film, in which the focus was on the Bradys and their eternal (some would say infernal) optimism. A lot of the jokes that felt so natural in the first film feel a bit forced in the sequel. That seems to be the way that things usually go with comedy sequels, to be honest.
That said, there’s enough funny moments in A Very Brady Sequel that it’s a worthy continuation of the Brady story. For instance, how can you not smile at the Bradys dancing on the airplane while totally oblivious to how annoyed the rest of the passnegers are with them? How can you not enjoy Jan’s attempts to convince everyone that George Glass is real? The cast is still likable and Gary Cole still has a talent for delivering the most absurd dialogue in the most deadpan style imaginable.
Add to that, Hawaii looks as beautiful as ever! Seriously, if you’re ever going to get stuck with a bunch of weird, 70s sitcom characters, Hawaii is the place to do it!
A Very Brady Sequel was followed by The Brady Bunch In The White House, which I would recommend avoiding.