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Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical film and sequel to Grease, which is based upon the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Grease 2 was produced by Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood, and directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch, who also choreographed the first film. It takes place two years after the original film at Rydell High School, with an almost entirely new cast, led by actors Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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It is 1961, two years after the original Grease gang became seniors and a new academic year is just beginning at Rydell High School (Back to School Again). The Pink Ladies are now led by the beautiful Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), who feels she has "outgrown" her relationship with the arrogant leader of the The T-Birds, Johnny Nogerelli (Adrian Zmed) during summer break. A new arrival comes in the form of clean-cut English student Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield) (a cousin of Sandy Olsen, Olivia Newton-John's character from Grease), who quickly becomes smitten with Stephanie.

At the local bowling alley, a game (Score Tonight) turns sour due to the animosity between Johnny and Stephanie. Stephanie retaliates by kissing the next man who walks in the door, which happens to be Michael. Bemused by this unexpected kiss, Michael attempts to ask her out but discovers that she has a very specific vision of her ideal man (Cool Rider). As he realizes that he will only win her affection if he turns himself into a cool rider, Michael buys a motorcycle.

Following an unusual biology lesson (Reproduction) given by Mr. Stuart (Tab Hunter), a gang of rival motorcyclists called the Cycle Lords surprise the T-Birds at the bowling alley. Before the fight starts, a lone anonymous biker appears, defeats the enemy gang, and disappears into the night (Who's That Guy?). Stephanie is instantly fascinated with the stranger. In a short comic scene, one of the T-Birds, Louis DiMucci (Peter Frechette), attempts to trick his sweetheart Sharon (Maureen Teefy) into losing her virginity to him by taking her to a fallout shelter and faking a nuclear attack (Let's Do It for Our Country).

Stephanie is surprised again by the Cool Rider and they enjoy a romantic twilight motorcycle ride. Just as Michael is about to reveal his identity, they are interrupted by the arrival of the whole gang; before Michael disappears again, he tells Stephanie that he will see her at the talent show, in which the Pink Ladies and T-Birds are performing. Johnny, enraged by Stephanie's new romance, threatens to fight the "Cool Rider" if he sees him with her again. The Pink Ladies exit haughtily, although this has little effect on the T-Birds' self-confidence (Prowlin').

At school, Stephanie's poor grades in English lead her to accept Michael's offer of help. She slowly begins to discover that she has similar feelings for him, and starts to reciprocate his crush. Johnny, upon seeing them together in a discussion, demands that Stephanie quit the Pink Ladies for his "rep" and subtly threatens that the T-Birds will beat up Michael if she refuses. Stephanie is visibly upset by this but refuses to quit the Pink Ladies. Although still head over heels for the Cool Rider, interactions with Michael reveal that she has become smitten with him as well, as Michael ponders over his continuing charade he puts out to Stephanie. (Charades).

At the talent show, Stephanie and the Cool Rider meet outside the school, but are ambushed by the T-Birds who pursue Michael with Stephanie and the Pink Ladies following in a car. They chase him to a construction site which conceals a deadly drop, and the biker's absence suggests that he has perished below, leaving Stephanie inconsolable. During the Pink Ladies' number at the talent show (A Girl For All Seasons), Stephanie enters a dreamlike fantasy world where she is reunited with her mystery biker ((Love Will) Turn Back The Hands Of Time). She is named winner of the contest and crowned the queen of the upcoming luau, with Johnny hailed as king.

The school year ends with the graduation luau (Rock-A-Hula Luau), during which the Cycle Lords suddenly reappear and begin to destroy the celebration. After the Cool Rider reappears and defeats the Cycle Lords, he finally reveals himself to be Michael. After his initial shock, Johnny offers him a T-Bird jacket and welcomes him into the gang, and Stephanie finally accepts that she can be with him. All of the couples pair off happily at graduation as the graduating class sings (We'll Be Together). The credits start rolling and just like in the earlier film, it's in the style of a yearbook.

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The T-Birds
The Pink Ladies
Returning from the original Grease
Supporting cast

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Grease 2 was intended to be the second film (and first sequel) in a proposed Grease franchise of four films and a television series (The third and fourth films were to take place in the sixties and during the counterculture era.), however, the projects were scrapped due to the underwhelming box office performance of Grease 2.[6] The sequel's working title, Son of Grease, was changed to the more straightforward current title by producers, much to the annoyance of leading man Maxwell Caulfield, who unsuccessfully tried to have it reinstated.[6]

Filming took place entirely on location in Hollywood, California,[7] working to a 58-day shooting schedule.[6] According to director Patricia Birch, the script was still incomplete when filming commenced.[6] Sequences that were filmed but cut during post-production include scenes in which Frenchy helps Michael become a motorcycle rider, and a sequence at the end of the film showing Michael and Stephanie flying off into the sky on a motorcycle.[6]

In the film, after Stephanie wins the contest, it goes on to show the stakeout in the final scene. Originally, there were a few minutes dedicated to a scene in which Michael (believed to be dead in his alter ego, by Stephanie) comes out on stage as Stephanie is exiting the stage, unbeknownst to her that he is the cool rider and he is alive. He attempts to ask her what's wrong and she storms past him and runs off crying, then it cuts to the stakeout. There was a scene in the film within the "Who's that Guy?" number in which Goose (Christopher McDonald) accidentally smashes Rhonda's nose at the Bowl-A-Rama door. None of these scenes have been shown on DVD since the film's release.

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The sequel took in just over $15 million.[8]. The film currently has a rating of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 17 critics' reviews.[9] Janet Maslin for the New York Times condemned the film as "dizzy and slight, with an even more negligible plot than its predecessor had. This time the story can't even masquerade as an excuse for stringing the songs together. Songs? What songs? The numbers in Grease 2 are so hopelessly insubstantial that the cast is forced to burst into melody about pastimes like bowling."[10] Variety, on the other hand, commended the staging of the musical numbers, writing that "Patricia Birch has come up with some unusual settings (a bowling alley, a bomb shelter) for some of the scenes, and employs some sharp montage to give most of the songs and dances a fair amount of punch."[11]

Michelle Pfeiffer received positive notice for her first major role. The New York Times review cited her performance as the "one improvement" on the original film: "Miss Pfeiffer is as gorgeous as any cover girl, and she has a sullen quality that's more fitting to a Grease character than Miss Newton-John's sunniness was."[10] Variety wrote that she was "all anyone could ask for in the looks department, and she fills Olivia Newton-John's shoes and tight pants very well."[11] She was nominated for a 1983 Young Artist Award in the category of Best Young Motion Picture Actress.

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Main article: Grease 2 (soundtrack)

  1. "Back To School Again" – Cast, The Four Tops
  2. "Score Tonight" – Cast
  3. "Brad" – Sorority girls
  4. "Cool Rider" – Stephanie
  5. "Reproduction" - Mr. Stuart, Cast
  6. "Who's That Guy?" – Michael, T-Birds, Pink Ladies, Cycle Lords, Cast
  7. "Do It For Our Country" – Louis, Sharon (Sharon's part is absent from the soundtrack)
  8. "Prowlin'" – Johnny, T-Birds
  9. "Charades" – Michael
  10. "Girl For All Seasons" – Sharon, Paulette, Rhonda, Stephanie
  11. "(Love Will) Turn Back The Hands Of Time" – Stephanie, Michael
  12. "Rock-A-Hula-Luau (Summer Is Coming)- Cast
  13. "We'll Be Together" – Michael, Stephanine, Johhny, Paulette, Cast
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