Grease 2. Man, what a bad movie. But for some reason, every time I’m flipping through the channels on TV and it’s on, I have to stop and watch at least some of it. Why it’s on TV all the time is a different issue. This movie is directed by the choreographer of the original Grease; I looked in the credits, and this is just a theory, but maybe the problem with Grease 2 is that it was not choreographed by the director of the first Grease. Whatever the reason though, boy does it stink, but it’s one of those bad smells you get used to after awhile. The main reason I like this movie so much is because it is very nostalgic for me, I saw it on HBO tons of times when I was a kid. You know, back when HBO would play a movie over and over again within a month (that was a joke, they still do that). I would have never been cool enough to be a Pink Lady, not even a Grease 2 Pink Lady. Grease 2 gave me a chance to get a glimpse into a world that doesn’t exist in the first place. The first Grease does that too, but it wasn’t on HBO twenty times a day when I was seven.
Grease 2 picks up where the first one left off, and all of the most endearing and beloved characters from Grease are back: Eugene, Frenchie, the Coach, and that teacher with the drug problem. Out of all the returnees, there is one that I think everyone can agree is the most touching: that fifty year old guy with the acne scars that for some reason still has a rivalry with high schoolers. With these oldie but goodies are the new sets of T-Birds and Pink Ladies, and Michelle Pfeiffer plays the lead Lady, Stephanie. She bites into this juicy role with the enthusiasm of someone making ends meet by being in a sub par sequel.
For the first five minutes, everything is okay, but then a newcomer arrives and shakes up the delicate balance that the Birds and the Ladies have worked so hard to achieve. That newcomer’s name is Michael, and he’s…..British. He also has glasses and wears sweater vests, which just add to his instant nerd status. You would think that since he is related to Sandy (from Grease), he would get a free ride, but you would be sorely mistaken. He does have a connection, Frenchie, who takes him under her pink wing to explain to him the rules of a world he could never know. You see, Michael sees Stephanie, played by Michelle Pfeiffer (in case you still don’t believe it), and falls for her instantly. But that match made in heaven is not to be, for as Frenchie tells us, Michael is far too homely to become a T-Bird, which is a prerequisite for being the boyfriend of a Pink Lady.
Luckily, there is a light in the distance: for somewhere in this legal mumbo jumbo, it states that above mentioned A (Michael) can become acquainted with, and pursue a romantic partnership with above mentioned B (Stephanie), if and only if the subject of the first party agrees to overhaul his/her personality in exchange for acceptance of his/her advances by the subject of the second party. This can be summed up by Stephanie herself: “I want a Cool Rider.” I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I will just say that Michael does indeed become a Cool Rider, and he and Stephanie end up happily together.
You may say: “This sounds exactly like the plot of the first Grease.” Well, let me just tell you smarty pants, it’s not. One, Sandy was Australian, Michael is BRITISH. Two, Sandy was a girl, Michael is a GUY. Grease 2 happens a couple of years AFTER the first Grease, and there are completely different songs in Grease 2. And, if you still have your doubts, may I remind you that Grease 2 was directed by the CHOREOGRAPHER of Grease, so therefore is a lot WORSE than the first one. So, it is very easy to see why this movie holds such a special place in my heart, and I highly recommend it if you have nothing else to do, and liked it a long time ago when you were a little kid with bad taste.
What guilty pleasures do you have?
24 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe I like Grease 2”
I was going to sympathize with you because there are plenty of god awful movies I love, but Grease 2? Yeah, there’s no excuse for that…
My only defense is that I’m self-aware.
I own the complete box set of all 5 (yes, there were 5) “Bring It On” movies. Don’t judge.
“This isn’t a democracy, Courtney; it’s a cheerocracy…and I’m overruling you.”
I could never, ever judge you when I just wrote extensively about Grease 2. This is a judge-free zone if there ever was one.
And I’ve seen the first Bring it On, and I liked it.
GAAAHHHH!!! The pain…
El Guapo, if it’s any consolation, Three Amigos is one of my favorite movies. No guilty pleasure – straight up love that movie.
*Consoled* Though even that is a pretty bad movie, saved only by some great lines.
I want a coo-oo-oo-ool rider, a coo-oo-oo-ool rider, and if he’s cool enough, he’ll burn me though and through!!
Gawd I LOVE this movie, but I haven’t see it in forever. What ever happened to the guy who played Michael Carrington anyway?
He was in Empire Records in the 1990s.
Don’t worry, if you just channel surf, I bet you’d find it on within the month. It was even a trending topic on Twitter this past week!
We obviously share the same taste in a lot of video materials. I liked Grease 2, as much as I liked the first Grease (although it pissed me off royally that once again, the girl changed for the guy)
I own almost all of the Buffy the Vampire Slayers seasons as well. Don’t care if they’re campy, I love them.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of my favorite shows, I also own all of them on DVD.
My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story, partly because I feel like Ralphie is the boy version of me as a child.
My favorite is Mixed Nuts, because I love the whack factor. But I do love Christmas Story, too, Ralphie is classic.
I can recite The Princess Bride verbatim…and do often. Also, I am a complete pisser if I miss an episode of Big Bang Theory.
Grease 2…honestly, if I catch it on tv I can’t help but watch it.
Oh, The Princess Bride is a classic! And, the book is also amazing.
Grease 2 on TV is like a car wreck. You pass by it and can’t help rubber necking.
Now I’ll be singing Cool Rider for the next three days. I did love that movie though. Seems we were the only two…unless you were being sarcastic and don’t really like the movie, in which case I was the only one.
I like it in the way I like my old blanky – I don’t need it anymore and have moved on to better things, but it’s still a comfort. At the time, I loooooved that move.
I have the same problem with Twister. Not a great movie, but if I flip past it, I CAN’T STOP WATCHING IT!
Philip Seymour Hoffman as the wacky character is hard to look away from.
We all have our guilty pleasures – I watch X-Files reruns. Actually, I watch them on Netflix, which means I am actively seeking them out and didn’t just happen upon an episode while flipping through channels.
What can I say? I love me some Fox Mulder.
I loved X-Files in it’s heyday, too! It just wasn’t the same once Mulder left.
The movie sucks, but you can’t argue with the greatness that is “Cool Rider”.
I have too many guilty pleasures to count..I like lots of shows on The CW:
3. Vampire Dairies
4. The Secret Circle
5. Gossip Girl
My friends and I used to meet in a designated spot in the hallways in high school between classes to discuss the previous night’s 90210. This was before cell phones and texting, of course.
There are only two kinds of people in this world. People who like Grease 2, and people who don’t. True fact. I don’t like to be friends with people who don’t at least appreciate the awesomely bad masterpiece that is Grease 2.
Yes, it’s a benevolent kind of horrible. People definitely gets points from me if they know the words to “Cool Rider.”