The Brady Bunch never reached the top 30 during its original network run, but earned a large following in syndication. In 1995, this fame led to the release of The Brady Bunch Movie, the first of three Affectionate Parody-films of the original sitcom. The Bradys have become a bunch of Disco Dans, engaging in 1970s fads and activities despite moving to the 1990s. This movie follows their efforts to raise $20,000 in order to save their home (and, by extension, their neighborhood) from a Corrupt Corporate Executive who wants to convert the area into a shopping mall.A Very Brady Sequel followed The Brady Bunch Movie in 1996. A man identifying himself as Carol's first husband, Roy Martin, returns from a several-decade absence, and causes friction among the Brady household. Unbeknownst to the Brady Bunch, their visitor is actually a smuggler named Trevor Thomas (Tim Matheson of Animal House and Burn Notice), seeking to steal their horse statue for Dr. Whiteman, a rich man living in Hawaii, and uses the Bradys' cluelessness to carry out his plan, as well as openly insult them throughout the film.Paramount Television and Fox hoped to continue the success of the two theatrical movies with a 2002 Made-for-TV Movie titled The Brady Bunch in the White House. In it, Mike Brady becomes President of the United States.
Flanderization: The theatrical films exaggerated the characters' personalities a bit such as Jan's jealousy towards Marcia and Cindy's tattling, but true to the show. They were the characters from the later seasons stuck in the 1990s. The TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House made them unloveable parodies, such as Marcia crying when she got captain of the cheerleading squad and the vote wasn't unanimous.
Call Back: Quite a few scenes and subplots reference iconic Brady Bunch episodes.
Cover Song: During the school dance scene, Greg performs "Till There Was You," which was performed by the original Greg in Season 2's "Where There's Smoke" (Barry Williams' first vocal solo in the original series).
Dance Party Ending: The ending of the movie shows the Bradys dancing around in their squaresnote which have actually become rectangles to accommodate widescreen theaters, while also engaging in miscellaneous gags (eg, Marcia simultaneously appearing in her spot and Jan's, Carol inviting Mike to go kinky with her and some vegetable oil).
Dawson Casting: Christine Taylor (Marcia), Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan), and Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg) were all in their twenties when cast. Interestingly, Cox is actually older than Taylor in real life.
Deconstruction: Played off how warped the Bradys looked in comparison to real life (specifically, the idealized early-Seventies Bradys against the grungy mid-Nineties Los Angeles) for all its worth.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: After Jan runs away from home, Cindy becomes confused over whether or not she should "tattle" on her. When she asks her parents if she can tattle when something urgent is happening, they tell her to wait until the morning, so she blurts out, "But Jan could be dead by then!"
Follow the Leader: Although the Dragnet movie did it first, it was the success of this film that inspired other big screen remakes to lampoon their source material rather than play it straight. Films such as Starsky & Hutch, I Spy, The Green Hornet, and 21 Jump Street, to name a few.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In an interesting way. At the end of movie, Grandma (Florence Henderson) cures Jan of her inner voice by shaking her and shouting, "Jan! Cut the crap!" In the original theatrical version, however, she yelled, "Jan! Cut that shit out!" (Maybe that was too much for the video-watching audience.)
Remake Cameo: Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams, (in deleted scenes) Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick and Susan Olsen. Also, Davy Jones revisits his original episode appearence, and by extension, fellow Monkees Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz.
Mike: "Put on your Sunday best, kids; we're going to Sears!"
Shout Out: The vegetable oil Mike and Carol use in the Dance Party Ending serves as a nod to Florence Henderson's "Wessonality" commercials.
Small Name, Big Ego: Greg, who thinks he's a real ladies man, an all-star athlete and the next big rock star ... except that any self-respecting girl wants nothing to do with him except to tell him he's a geeky loser. Contrasted with the original Greg, who was truly one of the Big Men on Campus.
Additionally the movie Greg fully embraces "Johnny Bravo" – in the high school dance scene, where he is quickly booed offstage less than two bars into his song "Til There Was You" – whereas the TV Greg rejected the concept as a manufactured marketing gimmick that would also have eliminated his creative input. (Ironically, Barry Williams did later record an album of songs under the "Johnny Bravo" umbrella.)
Dr. Whiteman offers Trevor a macadamia nut, in reference to when actor John Hillerman was the spokesperson for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts. In addition, it's not the first time Hillerman has been seen hanging around a Hawaiian mansion.
Advertising Campaigns: Dr Whiteman's macadamia nuts and Carol's Aquanet references commercial campaigns featuring John Hillerman and Florence Henderson.
Almost Kiss: Flirty Stepsiblings Greg and Marcia lean forward for a kiss while in the attic together, but the other kids storm in. Greg tries to cover up his and Marcia's act by saying they were making shadow puppets.
In Hawaii, Jan just happens to meet a boy with the same name as her imaginary boyfriend, and he miraculously falls in love with her back.
Also, Carol just happens to stumble upon Dr. Whiteman while running away from Trevor, and he just happens to have a sonnote Gilligan who disappeared on the exact same boat ride that took Roy Martin away from Carol.
Cover Song: The new cast performs three songs from the original series: the theme song, "It's Time to Change" and "Good Time Music".
Have a Gay Old Time: Twice. First, when Carol's kidnapper rents a jeep, Carol wishes she could "be gay again", and comments that she would be if Marcia, Cindy, Jan and Alice were around. Later, the rental man asks Mike whether he knows his wife wants to be gay, so Mike exclaims that's what the entire Brady Bunch wants to be.
Intoxication Ensues: After Alice makes and samples some spaghetti sauce with some hallucinogenic mushrooms she found in Trevor's bag, she becomes so high, she stuffs herself in the refrigerator, just to see if closing the door really does turn off the light.
When she first sees the glass, it has some orange juice in it, so she claims to have a boyfriend named, "George Tropicana." She changes the last name after Carol asks, "Is he Cuban?"
Logo Joke: The Paramount mountain fades into one of the mountains on the island where Roy and Trevor found the horse.
Makeover Montage: Hairstylist Sergio (David Spade) and his coworkers try to give Carol a new hairdo. Her hair proves too stiff for the team to restyle, so she still looks exactly the same at the end of the montage.
Missing Trailer Scene: The original trailer featured two gags involving the Brady Bunch squares: one in which the clan breaks the fourth wall to exclaim, "We're back!", and one in which Trevor walks into Mike's square.
Shout Out: An auctioneer alludes to Marcia's and Jan's original actresses, and also to one of the most iconic Brady episodes, as she thanks Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Plumb for donating their mom's favorite vase.
Signs at the construction site are marked REED DESIGN, in honor of the original man named Brady.
That Reminds Me of a Song: While Mike, Alice, and the Brady Kids fly a plane to Hawaii, Cindy asks if anyone knows how to feel better about Carol's kidnapping. Greg then pulls a guitar out of Hammerspace, and all the Brady Kids start dancing in the aisles, performing "Good Time Music."
Throw the Dog a Bone: Jan acquiring a much longed-for boyfriend who's as awkward and dorky as she is. Plus, Marcia stops playing the bitchy older sister and is genuinely happy for her.
The Unfavorite: Jan, to the extent where Marcia asks someone to kidnap her.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Peter's voice is squeaky again, after changing at the end of the last film (Although to be fair, nothing other than the title, and Jan ditching her glasses in favor of contact lenses, says that this movie takes place after the first one).