Grease 2 (1982)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Rock Musical, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Perry Seibert

Without John Travolta or Olivia Newton-John, the makers of Grease 2 apparently believed name recognition alone would give them a hit movie. They threw together a handful of songs that had none of the charm of the tunes from the original film, and hired a cast of average performers (with two or three small exceptions) to sing them. The performers are game, but the material is so bad their efforts are thwarted at pretty much every turn. The Fabulous Baker Boys proved that Michelle Pfeiffer could sing and act. She might have been able to display those talents seven years earlier had the makers of Grease 2 come up with material worthy of her. Actors just breaking into the movie business will often appear in films that follow them like punch lines for the rest of their career. Grease 2 is that film for Pfeiffer. Although she would grow into one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of her generation, Pfeiffer will probably never quite live down singing about how she wanted to be with a "Cool Rider". On the plus side, this stands, alongside Bachelor Party as one of the highpoints of Adrian Zmed's film career.