Question: What movie starred Elisabeth Shue as “Chris Parker,” a character that sang the blues?
Last Question: What 1982 movie sequel featured the cast singing the songs “Prowlin'”, “Do It For Our Country”, and “Cool Rider”?
Answer: Grease 2
Grease 2 starred Maxwell Caulfield and an unknown Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as T.J. Hooker‘s Adrian Zmed. This sequel takes place in 1961, 2 years after the original Grease took place. This movie was not very successful, as it only made $15 million on a $13.2 million budget. There are several reasons for this, such as that it came out around the same time as the smash hits E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Tootsie. There were also other musicals that came out that year, such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Annie.
It didn’t help that much of the main cast did not come back for this movie, with the exception of Didi Conn (Frenchy).
Due to the failure of Grease 2, Maxwell Caulfield’s career was damaged. He said, “Before Grease 2 came out, I was being hailed as the next Richard Gere or John Travolta. However, when Grease 2 flopped, nobody would touch me. It felt like a bucket of cold water had been thrown in my face. It took me 10 years to get over Grease 2”.
On the other hand, Michelle Pfeiffer’s career took off after this movie. Her next movie was Scarface, and she went on to star in many more movies.
Here is the plot of the movie that I got from Wikipedia:
It is 1961, two years after the original Grease gang were Rydell High seniors in the first movie 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), who quickly becomes smitten with Stephanie.
At the local bowling alley, a game 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, during which the Cycle Lords suddenly appear and begin to destroy the celebration.
Rock-A-Hula Luau (Summer Is Coming)
After the Cool Rider appears 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