Grease 2

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Rizzo says "no" to this hacky sequel.
  • PG
  • 1982
  • 115 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Michael does the other boys' homework; he changes himself for others; Johnny plays Paulette against Stephanie and disrespects Paulette in the process.

Violence

Michael risks his life to look cool to Stephanie in some daring jumps.

Sex

Moose tries to trick Sharon into having sex; a lot of sexual innuendo (songs like "Let's Score Tonight," about bowling, and "Reproduction," about science class).

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The cool kids smoke a lot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens in this movie smoke, drink, and talk about sex constantly. One character tries to trick another into having sex. The movie is full of sexual innuendo and objectification of women. Michael tries to become what Stephanie wants, and risks his life with death-defying motorcycle jumps to do it. On the other hand, Stephanie is a strong female role model. She doesn't give in to peer pressure and is in the process of figuring out who she is.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byDanica G. June 13, 2018

Bad role models

This movie may be child appropriate depending on what you let your kids watch. This is a very good movie
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written by[email protected] March 9, 2018

to me better than the first one.

not a lot of people like this one however I do. its not bad.
Teen, 13 years old Written byNetball4life January 27, 2020

Amazing

I think this is a wonderful movie and in my opinion the 60s is a hell of a lot better then the 50s,Motorcycles and leather jackets are a million times more inte... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDrapple87 August 28, 2019

Reproduction song is a big NO

Movie is much more mature in some ways. They reference incest in a very crude way and also have a whole musical number about sex. A student and the principal ha... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's 1961 at Rydell High School, and we're reacquainted with the Pink Ladies and T-Birds of Grease. But things are different. Head of the Pink Ladies, Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), is done with the head of the T-Birds, Johnny Nogerelli (Adrian Zmed). She's looking for someone who is, as she sings, "cool enough that he'll burn me through and through." Enter Michael (Maxwell Caulfield), Sandy's cousin from England. Michael wears suits to school, does the T-Bird's homework for them, and pines after Stephanie. When Michael saves enough money from writing other kids' papers, he buys a motorcycle and tries to become the man of Stephanie's dreams. He's mysterious, he has an awesome bike, and he has the shiniest leather pants of anyone at Rydell. He woos Stephanie, but won't disclose who he is. When his true identity is revealed, will Stephanie love him or leave him? Will he die in one of his dangerous jumps? Will Johnny finally get over Stephanie and treat Paulette right?

Is it any good?

As a follow-up to the classic, Grease 2 pales in comparison to the original. It speaks loudly to the power of the original Grease that its choreographer was given the reins to direct GREASE 2; Patricia Birch's work is prominent in the too-long dance numbers to the ridiculous number of songs. However, as a stand-alone fantasy about getting the girl of your dreams, it's no Pretty in Pink, but it does have its fun moments.

We've seen it all before: The pining, the hoping your crush will like you for who you are, the hope you'll be accepted by the cool kids -- it's all there. But here, actors way older than the teens they're playing, rehashing the tired story in a rather uncool way. Sadly, to make up for being less cool than the original, Grease 2 is raunchier. And the main theme of this one isn't a forbidden-love story, as the first was. Grease 2's message is the geeky kid emerging as a cool kid, and getting the respect of the guys and the love of one special girl. Here, it's important to talk to both boys and girls about how they let their special talents and inner cool show -- without trying to change themselves completely for someone else.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Michael feels like he needs to change for Stephanie. Here's a good opportunity to talk to teens about maintaining a sense of self in the face of the desire to fit in and get the girl or guy of their dreams. Does Michael learn his lesson? How does Stephanie's sense of self differ from Michael's? Would Stephanie change who she is for a boy? Does that make her more or less attractive?

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