Grease 2 (1982)

A sequel that is delightful for its camp and commitment to the Grease Magic, even if it falls short of cinematic excellence.

Regan Humphrey

In this sequel to the 1978 classic, Grease 2 takes us back to Rydell High. It is 1961, two years after Sandy and Danny fly off into the sky, and the T-Birds and Pink Ladies are up to their usual antics—smoking, biking, rule-breaking, and the almighty dating code. Both crews are shaken up by the arrival of Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield), Sandy’s cousin from England, whose upstanding and earnest approach do him no favors in your typical American high school. Soon, Michael finds himself in love with one Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), the leader of the Pink Ladies, which leaves him with a choice to make. In order to win Stephanie and become eligible to date her, he’ll have to transform from bookworm to biker as fast as he can.

REF SCORE: 51%

Soundtrack: 80%
Story: 100%
Writing: 100%
Daring: 80%
Diversity: 50%
Racism: PRESENT — 10%
Gender Bias: PERVASIVE — 60%
————————–COMBATTED — 70%
Homophobia: ABSENT — 0%

SUMMARY
Charming performances, laughable stunts, and underrated writing and music make this a camp sequel for the ages. Come for the irresistibility of young Michelle Pfeiffer in her first-ever leading role, stay for the excellent outfits and the ever-hilarious spectacle of adults pretending to be teenagers.

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