Though it came out in 1982, I watched the film Grease 2 for the first time just a few months ago.
I was with some friends, one of whom revealed that she was completely obsessed with Grease 2 as a child (something I wasn’t privy to when I decided that I liked her as a person). This surprised me; I loved the original Grease to pieces when I was a kid, but I didn’t even realize a “sequel” existed. Apparently, I was in the minority.
Wait, are you serious? You haven’t seen it? Oh my God, we’re watching it right now.
Since that day, I’ve developed an obsession with Grease 2 as powerful as my friend’s was when she was a little girl. Unfortunately, my obsession is fueled not by childhood nostalgia or innocent admiration, but by hatred. It’s the sort of hatred so weirdly powerful that it makes a person do crazy things, like look the movie up on IMDB and scour the page for credits to determine who’s to blame, or hate-watch it for a second time just a few weeks later to try to make sense of the anger it provokes. It’s the kind of hatred that starts to resemble love.
So: what IS IT with this movie? I’ve watched a lot of bad movies, but no other film has frustrated me quite like this one does. What I want to explain to you today is why Grease 2 is different than your standard so-bad-it’s-good fare. Why it’s worse.
The answer, predictably, involves Michelle Pfeiffer.
But then the turn happened. (Spoilers to follow. Stop reading now if you don’t want to know more!)
Disney’s latest animated feature Moana was recently released on DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Download, and wherever else you watch movies at home (and if you haven't seen it, get on that right away). Though this film was five years in the making, it’s impossible to ignore the current political and cultural climate as this film enters the pop culture zeitgeist. There have been several articles devoted to Moana as a feminist heroine who has a more realistic body and an adventure plot that doesn’t center around romance; however, when we live in a world where a man who has admitted to sexual assault is the President of the United States, Moana’s commentary on rape culture should not be ignored.
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