THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

 GREASE 2 (1982)

This movie deserves a better fate than the at-first reviled sequel to the blockbuster Grease.  Most sequels, with the exception of The Godfather Part Two, don’t have much of a shot at reaching the heights of their predecessor.  I am not remotely saying that Grease 2 is anywhere near as good as the Godfather sequel, but this movie is not nearly as bad as it was initially received.  First of all, and there is some agreement on this, the opening “Back to School” number is as good of an opening number as any musical past or present.  Michelle Pfeiffer’s first lead role is here as Stephanie of the Pink Ladies – and she’s pretty good.  The music is NOT as bad as you may have heard (although “Let’s Bowl” isn’t exactly “Singing in the Rain”).  The plot is not complex – English exchange student Maxwell Caulfield is new to school (he’s Sandy’s cousin – that’s how he’s linked to the first movie).  He falls for Stephanie from afar but she’s dating Johnny of the T-Birds (Adrian Zmed).  He adopts a mystery biker persona that has Stephanie pining for his alter ego from afar.  Also back from the first film are old vets Eve Arden, Dody Goodman, Sid Caesar and Pink Lady Didi Conn.  Funny thing about Grease 2 – it has a pro-feminist viewpoint throughout the movie that is sustained and a bit unusual for this sort of film, but welcome.  Examples: Stephanie tells Johnny she dates who SHE wants to date, and unlike the first film, it’s the GUY who has to change for the GIRL!   I could go on and on but Grease 2 deserves a look again.  The film has a cult following and that cult insists that this is a decent film (me among them).  It’s on cable all the time, so catch it when you can.

TLA one-word review:  underrated