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The Brady Bunch Movie Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lots of humor about people doing bad things to the innocent Bradys who are so naïve and oblivious that nothing bad results. Greg and Marcia almost get carjacked, and the Dittmeyers scheme to sabotage the Bradys' attempt to keep their house. Middle child syndrome is taken to the next level when Jan hears menacing voices, runs away, and hitchhikes.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Peter faints repeatedly. Larry Dittmeyer is electrocuted and drops a toilet on his foot. Noreen punches Doug. Doug tries to sexually assault Marcia. Jan hears voices that tell her to kill people.

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    Sex: Lots of sexual innuendo, like Dina offering to "wrap" Mr. Brady's "package" and later telling Greg and Peter to come into her house to help her "make a sandwich." Carol and Mike kiss. Marcia and Doug kiss. Noreen has a crush on Marica. Holly kisses Peter.

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    Language: Some swearing, including "hell," "slut," "damn," and "ass."

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    Consumerism: Several products are mentioned or visible, including Scooby-Doo, Swiss Miss hot chocolate, Astroturf, Sears, U-Haul and various bands, including Pearl Jam and the Monkees.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Dina Dittmeyer is an alcoholic and constantly hungover or drunk. She drinks bloody Marys and is seen with lots of bottles of alcohol. A teenager drinks from a flask. Sam smokes a cigar.