3 Hated Sequels That Are Clearly Better Than the Original

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Grease 2

Pfeiffer digs that young Rex Manning smell
Why People Hate It: How could anyone follow up Grease? The film remains an iconic musical that is still popular today. Pretty much any attempt to outdo John Travolta belting out tunes about his "pussy wagon" or Olivia Newton-John in skintight black going full-on bad girl in the climax is doomed. Doooooooooomed. Some people call it the best musical ever.

Why They're Wrong: Some people are full of hoobastank. I hate to break it to you but Grease is not really a very good movie. First of all, absolutely nothing happens. Nothing. The film has less of a plot than a Poison music video. It makes Glee look like Twin Peaks. The whole thing is a couple of long, awkward dating scenarios broken up with dance numbers that launch at just the second someone watching realizes that everything about high school is boring as hell.

Grease 2, though? That is some compelling stuff. You've got a conflicted girl dreaming of a mythical perfect biker boyfriend who is eaten up inside by the possible hopelessness of her dream. Meanwhile, a mysterious mild-mannered foreign boy montages himself into her fantasy Cool Rider, all the while taking out street gangs and making sweet ramps jumps that no one else is capable of.

That's not even counting the amazing soundtrack that trumps anything from the original. "Cool Rider" alone is worth ten "Grease Lightnings." Then there are hilarious cast numbers like "Reproduction" that has an entire science class singing about boning in nature, or Peter Frechette absolutely owning every inch of the screen with his make-out anthem "Do It For Our Country."

The real reason Grease 2 is better than Grease is much more subtle. Danny and Sandy in the first film fulfill their destinies by basically changing most of their personalities in order to live up to the other person's ideals. Michael and Stephanie get together by learning to recognize the worth in themselves and each other after stripping away the layers of false high school bullshit. Seriously, if John Hughes name had been attached to this you'd still have the poster rolled up somewhere in your house.

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I thought I was the only one who loved and remembered Shock Treatment. "Night night, it's time for bye byes, it's been a great day thanks a heap. Now it's time for everyone to go to sleep..."

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

I'll vouch for Grease 2.  Adrian Zmed back at his best.  And the soundtrack is easily as memorable as the first, with "Hands of time" and "We'll be together" being 2 other standouts.  This is right up there with Xanadu as my guilty pleasure movies.


Trust me, it's worth watching a dozen times.

Stephanie Davis
Stephanie Davis

Yeah, but Grease 2 has "let's bowl". Rather catchy too.


Kudos, for nailing it on Gremlins 2. I've been saying that for 20 years. I can't rate the other 2, they're sequels of movies so bad I couldn't sit through them. I would add that Babe 2: Pig in the City is actually better than the first, though I'm not sure it rises to the level of "hated sequel".Was Halloween III hated? Seriously the best of the bunch.

Anyway enough yakking, Jef, theater one needs cleaning!

Lyndsey Stang
Lyndsey Stang

You forgot that Grease two is exactly the same at Grease 1 but worse songs. The only other difference is that the guy is the exchange student and not the girl. In both movies, someone is trying to fit in. Grease still wins.

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