"A Very Brady Sequel," directed by Arlene Sanford, continues the comic adventures of the recast Brady clan (headed by Shelley Long as Carol and Gary Cole as Mike). Like the preceding film, this is a campy but affectionate riff on the original "Brady Bunch" television series.
In "Sequel," a man claiming to be Roy Martin (Carol's first husband) enters the Brady's lives. It's a bizarre situation (unthinkable as a plot in the original series!), and Carol and the bunch must figure out how to deal with this challenge to their established family. Clever twists on plot points from the original series are interwoven as subplots in the film; Jan's imaginary boyfriend, for example, is a key running gag (which has a marvelous resolution, and well showcases Jennifer Elise Cox's comic appeal). Another key subplot involves an unexpected attraction between step-siblings Greg (Christopher Daniel Barnes) and Marcia (Christine Taylor); the filmmakers, I believe, keep this potentially kinky theme within the bounds of good taste.
"Sequel" continues the first film's running gag that the Bradys are stuck in a sort of 70s time warp, and are oblivious to 90s culture. Some of this "fish-out-of-water" humor is weak; the movie Bradys are at their best and funniest, I believe, when they are wholly in their own groovy element. The cast members seem really comfortable in their roles, and have a great chemistry together. As an ensemble they hit just the right balance between campiness and genuine familial affection.
Overall, "Sequel" gave me lots of smiles and chuckles, and the 70s-style costumes provided constant visual appeal. If you're a long-time Brady fan (like me!), don't miss it.