Friday, April 6, 2012

Bad Movies/Good Party Themes: Grease 2 Fort Party *updated*

The first Friday of the month is upon us, it’s party theme time.

I am fast approaching the glorious day when I shall graduate and hence forth be known as “Master” across the land. While this is exciting, it also means I’m in a bit of a work crunch. Now, I don’t know about all of you, but sometimes when I am in such situations, I find the best way to replenish the old brain box is to take part in something that requires the firing of absolutely no neurons.

Enter, Grease 2.

Now, for all of you who have not already been privy to this cinematic masterpiece, you’re missing out. Big time.

This sequel stars Maxwell Caulfield (Rex Manning!) and Michelle Pfeiffer. Some of my movie-viewing buddies were pondering what Michelle Pfeiffer’s reaction is when someone in an interview ultimately asks, So….Grease 2?? In my mind her answer to that is always an enthusiastic, Damn straight! ‘Cause who wouldn’t be proud of being part of this classic?

Anyway, Caulfield plays Michael Carrington, Australian Sandy Olsen’s British cousin (quite the international family). Michelle Pfeiffer is Stephanie Zinone, the newest leader of the Pink Ladies.

This movie has everything. Some old favorites – Frenchy’s back in high school, apparently majoring in chemistry (not the most unbelievable plot point, by any means). “Crater-Face,” Eugene (the years have made him somehow more clumsy), and certain faculty members have also stuck around. And some new – I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks the original T-Birds would kick the stuffing out of the more recent crop.

Ah, and the music. Dear, sweet heavens, the melodic tunes that accompany this profound plot. There really are no words to adequately describe these songs. I think I’ll have to make one up to do them justice: Awesotasticexcellence. Yeah. That’s what I’m going with. All that stuff that was just barely subtext in the score of the original movie? Straight up text here. Really makes it easy on the viewer. No time wasted on the whole searching-for-meaning thing.

In its nod to the historical time period, there are also a number of scenes involving bomb raid sirens and bomb shelters. Hence the remainder of our theme. We, too, built quite the shelter. I’d be surprised if it could have withstood the pelting of a Nerf gun.

But we did get up to seven people in there, so be impressed.

All in all, this was one of the greatest nights of all time. And I’m sure if you choose to attempt this with your chosen group, it will be a life-changing event.

Or at least a fun way to waste a few hours.

Crackerjack dialogue to look forward to:
- “Howdy fellas, let’s bowl some balls.”
- “I catch you with that punk one more time, and he’s a dead man! You know what I’m saying? D-E-D!”
- “We’re going to die and I’m wearing my mother’s underwear!”

Tagline: “Grease is still the word!”

For a Grease 2 Fort Party of your very own, here’s what you need:

- Grease 2 (1982)
- Boxes, plastic bins, sheets, chairs (really, anything that can be used in the construction of a fort – we found Swiffers in keeping the roof up)
- Snacks: pizza, popcorn, salt water taffy, cookies, root beer float cupcakes (freaking delicious)
- A volunteer to be “dance captain” (get those people out of the seats and bopping along with the cast!)
- A volunteer to be “song leader” (helpful if this person just so happens to know all the songs already due to some tragic twist of fate, but this is not necessary. It can just be someone who is willing to sing along loudly regardless of whether or not they know the words. Come on…every group has at least one.)
- A group photographer to capture images of what is likely to best the best. fort. EVER.
- Group of indiscriminate musical fans and/or Rex Manning groupies and/or living room fort connoisseurs and/or mentally exhausted individuals.

See you next week!


  1. I am slightly disappointed you did not mention the wonderful new take on political propaganda "Do It For Our Country"...

    1. That is a horrible oversight on my part. You are absolutely correct and "wonderful" is the only way to describe that gem. =)