I think it’s safe to assume that even those born after the 70s and 80s are a least familiar with the 1978 musical-movie Grease. John Travolta played “greaser” Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John played good girl Sandy Olsen. It’s unmistakable– songs like “Greased Lightning” and “Summer Nights” are a solid part of pop culture. It’s probably what inspired Disney’s High School Musical, but it’s at least a thousand times better. I remember sitting in my older cousin’s room when I was a kid and popping in the VHS tapes over and over again. Now I say tapes in plural form because it wasn’t just Grease that I watched over and over, but also it’s sequel: Grease 2, released in 1982 (but set in 1961, two years after the original cast graduated).
Grease 2 is my ultimate guilty pleasure movie and I will never ever tire of seeing it. Compared to the amazing success of Grease, Grease 2 pretty much bombed. Regardless, it is my personal love. Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield star opposite of each other as Stephanie Zinone and Michael Carrington. I mean, just look at them. Pfeiffer is perfection. Caulfield is British and yes, he comes with the accent. I’m sold!
The storyline is too cute (from IMDB): It’s 1961, two years after the original Grease gang graduated, and there’s a new crop of seniors and new members of the coolest cliques on campus: the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington is the new kid in school – but he’s been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds, and win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone? He’s surely going to try! — Gender roles were pretty much just switched around here (good boy instead of bad boy, and bad girl instead of good girl), but it somehow makes the situation so much more adorable. In the end, Michael becomes the “cool rider” of Stepahnie’s dreams, just like Sandy became a sexy girl with enormous hair for Danny in the original story. So, when you think about it, both movies have a terrible lesson to impart– change yourself for others and you will be accepted. Err, I guess we can’t show this one to little kids, huh? But really, who cares! The awesome music, dance numbers, cheesy lines, funny characters, and retro costumes are what keep me watching! American movies/TV in the 60s. Can’t beat it, you just can’t. I mean, The Wonder Years was set in the 60s too. Enough said.
I’ve always wanted a Pink Lady jacket– it’s shiny, it’s pink with that black piping detail, it has your name on the front written in a super cute retro font, plus it says Pink Ladies at the back. So cheesy that you just can’t help but love it. In the picture above they’re staring at Michael in his cool rider outfit. The scene before this is the bowling one, and it’s probably one of the longer and more intricate dance-song numbers. They’re dancing like mad in a bowling alley. Too fun! Watch! :)
See, don’t you just feel ten times happier after watching it? The fashion was just incredible, too. The final scene is incredibly cheesy, and the closing song is rather slow. In Grease, it was “We Go Together” which is super up-beat. Danny and Sandy even end up flying off into the sky in a car (yup, a car). For Grease 2, the song was “We’ll Be Together” which Michael and Stephanie slow danced to at their year ender party. That the ending could have been a little more uplifting is the only bad thing I can say about Grease 2, because hey, I am a mega cheesy person at heart.
This isn’t meant to be a review or a critique. I suppose I could critique it, but I would rather not rip it apart. We all need those movies that we can just watch without thinking, right? :) Continue to see one last video! :)