Die Brady Family (1995)

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Die Brady Family: Directed by Betty Thomas. With Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christine Taylor, Christopher Daniel Barnes. The original 70s TV family is now placed in the 1990s, where they’re even more square and out of place than ever.

“The 1970u0026#39;s family The Bradyu0026#39;s find themselves in the 1990u0026#39;s but still with the same virtues we all know. However their next door neighbour is trying to get all the land around the area acquired to build a mall. He has been hiding their mail and causing them to build up $20K in unpaid taxes. The kids set about trying to raise the money to save the family home.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eReading the reviews shows me that people just donu0026#39;t get this film. I think this is a great example of what should happen when you remake a cheesy TV show from all our childhoodu0026#39;s. The whole film is one big self-mocking joke about the values of the Bradyu0026#39;s. The plot is not really important but it is a good summing up of the daft plots they had back then, however here it is just a device for the jokes.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe joke here is that we have a slightly modern spin on the family. We see them being all cheesy and full of morals even when surrounded by the dog eat dog world of LA in the nineties, but they are still the same. I find this funny and the moral lessons etc are all delivered tongue in cheek. The best bit of self mocking is the modern expansion of the characters – this thing is full of innuendoes and nice touches – like Jan hearing voices etcu003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe cast are all spot on. Long and Cole talk it straight but let their looks and glances tell a different story (Long is excellent), while the kids are all very very good. Iu0026#39;d never seen the show till after this so I didnu0026#39;t see any cameos or anything but really this isnu0026#39;t important.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is great – you donu0026#39;t need to have seen the show. Itu0026#39;s wonderfully self mocking and very very funny. Those who criticise it for not being serious or for being a joke just are getting it at all. Great fun!”


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