The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002)

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I’m still trying to understand what I just watched. Why would anyone think it’s okay to create a made-for-television sequel to A Very Brady Sequel 6 years late with an almost entirely new cast? Shelley Long (Carol Brady) and Gary Cole (Mike Brady) were the only two members of the original cast that I noticed, and they were actually okay since they have all that Brady experience under their belts. However, their talent was definitely not enough to save this movie from becoming a flop. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996) were actually very funny, but The Brady Bunch in the White House was absolute garbage. It was painful for me to endure all 88 minutes of this joke of a movie, but I was committed to making it to the end for Swampflix.

After Bobby, the youngest Brady boy, comes across a lottery ticket in an abandoned building, he ends up actually winning the lottery. The problem is that the ticket didn’t actually belong to Bobby, and his father, Mike, refuses to allow him to claim the winnings. Of course, he gives one of his famous all-American dad speeches that make absolutely no sense and are more annoying than funny. It turns out that the ticket’s rightful owner is on death row, so Mike ends up donating the winnings to charity. This attracts much public attention, and the President of the United States invites the Brady family to the White House for a press conference. Shortly after the conference, a scandal occurs that causes the President to resign and Mike Brady becomes the new President. Guess who becomes Mike’s Vice President? Carol Brady! The Bradys basically take over the White House and, well, do a bunch of Brady stuff (perform synchronized musical numbers, wear tacky 70s fashion, etc.).

Here’s my theory on how this movie came about: someone with way too much money had way too much to drink and said, “Hey, what if the Brady Bunch took over the White House? That would be pretty neat! I should waste a bunch of my money on a crappy movie about it.” There’s no way that a sober person would ever invest their time and money on this. The plot was ridiculous, the acting was even worse, and I’m pretty sure it was filmed with a handheld camcorder. There is a slight possibility that I will watch this movie 10 years down the road just for kicks, but that’s just me being optimistic. I really hope that this is the last Brady movie that will ever be made.

Watch if you dare: The Brady Bunch in the White House is currently streaming on Netflix.

-Britnee Lombas

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