Watch: Oops! 'Grease 2' X-Rated Gaffe Shows Runner's Flopping Privates

Monday May 24, 2021
Originally published on May 16, 2021

Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer in a promotional picture for 1982's "Grease 2"
Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer in a promotional picture for 1982's "Grease 2"  (Source:IMDB)

A gaffe from the 1982 cult classic "Grease 2" was found by an actor and YouTuber that captures the flopping private parts in a split-second moment that appeared to have been missed by the makers of the film.

Recently Turner Classic Movies celebrated "Grease 2," the 1982 sequel, as part of the network's Underground series, which may be why there has been renewed attention to the so-bad-it's-good musical. Directed by Patricia Birch, who had choreographed the original Broadway production and the first film, the film musical attempted to recycle the original plot with a sexual role reversal of the original film's two leads with straight-laced Michael Carrington (Matthew Caulfield) as the cousin to Sandy, the first film's female lead played by Olivia Newton John; and John Travolta's Danny Zuko represented by Michelle Pfeiffer (in her major screen debut) as Stephanie Zinone, the leader of the Pink Ladies.

The film was released on the same day as "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Rocky III," and "Poltergeist" and finished fifth its first weekend in grosses. Poorly reviewed, the film floundered at the box office.

Caulfield, who had been recruited after acclaimed theater performances in New York, says the film's failure made him box office poison. "Maxwell Caulfield has blamed the film for curtailing his career ('The party was over... it took me a long time to get over it,' he said in an interview for a documentary about Grease producer Allan Carr) but has attended screenings and cast Q&As in recent years. 'I can see its charm now,' he said," writes BBC.com. While Pfeiffer called it was the worst film in her entire career. "The actress is desperately embarrassed about her performance in the ill-fated 'Grease 2' and wants to erase all memory of it by making a new version of the original film," wrote Hollywood.com. "I hated that film ('Grease 2') with a vengeance and could not believe how bad it was. At the time, was young and didn't know better... I hear it's a cult movie now," she said.

That devoted, cult following has given the film a new life with fan sites, special screenings and a stage concert version that played a successful engagement in London in 2014 in a revised version called "Cool Rider."




But on May 8, actor and YouTuber Justin Root spotted a surprising gaffe in the film during a sequence set on a high school track in which an "actor can be seen jumping over hurdles on the left side of the screen in a tank and shorts with the 'malfunction' happening as he lands his second jump. It's a real quick occurrence, but if you're looking at the right time, you can see the runner's floppy balls fall out of his skimpy running shorts as he exits the shot," writes adult site The Sword.

The revealing moment occurs approximately 15 minutes in the film and happens very quickly, it is understandable that in the pre-digital days, the gaffe wasn't caught and edited out. But thanks to Root, the iconically bad film has another claim to fame.

Watch this clip about "Grease 2":




On Twitter, many expressed amazement that the gaffe was never caught: