A Very Brady Sequel

Starring: Shelley Long, Gary Cole and Tim Matheson
Paramount Home Entertainment
RRP: 15.99
Certificate: 12
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Mike is planning a surprise wedding anniversary party for Carol - until Carol's long-lost first husband, Roy, shows up to shake the family tree. But all is not as it seems and it's not soon before Carol and Roy are on the way to Hawaii with the rest of the Bradys in pursuit. Can Mike win back his wife? Or will the Brady Bunch be separated for good?...

A Very Brady Sequel manages to improve on the first movie - just. The Brady family seem to gel better in this follow up, the story seems polished and overall things just seem a lot more comfortable.

Tim Matheson is suitably sleazy enough as Carol's apparently long-lost husband. Although, and I doubt this will spoil anything for those who have not seen the movie, it is blindingly obvious from the moment he arrives at the Brady household that he isn't totally on the level.

There is a fantastically funny subplot which sees Jan desperate to have a boyfriend, or at the very least appear to have one. The creation of her imaginary admirer, George Glass, provides many chuckles throughout the movie - especially when she turns up at a bar with George, who is a dummy that is coming unstitched. Yes, I know it sounds stupid, but it is rather amusing - Or maybe I just ate some of Roy's mushroom.

The opening sequence gives a nod to the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which is a nice touch. In fact, for the first five minutes I was concerned that I was watching the wrong movie.

As with the first movie's release on DVD, the biggest complaint is that there are no extras at all on this release.

An entertaining family movie that will keep the old and young family members entertained.

Pete Boomer

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