Movie Reviews

Magic Mike

Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 12:44PM by Jake Hogan
Magic MikeStarring:
Channing Tatum
Alex Pettyfer
Olivia Munn

Director:
Steven Soderbergh

MPAA Rating:
R

Release Date:
29 June 2012

Genre:
Comedy | Drama
Plot: A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Ladies, do you want to have a good time? Do you have nothing to do on a Saturday night? Is this girls’ night out? Having a bachelorette party? Or, are you just a bored housewife looking to get out and have a sexual fantasy to rev up your engine? Whatever your reason, there is only one solution: get your tickets to see the ultimate party movie of the summer. “Magic Mike”, the new Warner Brothers movie starring and produced by Channing Tatum (Step Up, 21 Jump Street) and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s 11). Get out your one dollar bills.

We open on Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Beastly) as Adam, a young man without much of a future. He lives with his beautiful sister Brooke, played by Cody Horn (TV’s Rescue Me, Flipped), who is stoic and mature. The best Adam can do is a job he found on Craigslist on a construction site. There he meets a guy named Mike, who shows him how to roof houses and gives him a ride home. Then later Adam is drug to a date his sister has with a boring banker, so he ditches her and goes out in search of a good time, where in front of a club he meets Mike again. The two go into the dance club and find barely 21 year-old girls to drink with, and then to everyone’s surprise Mike invites the girls to a male dance revue. He declares that he moonlights as a stripper, and the nice guy invites Adam to work at Club Xquisite. There he meets the backstage crew including Matthew Bomer (TV’s Glee, In Time), Kevin Nash (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Rock of Ages), Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias in his film debut, and the club ringleader Matthew McConaughey (The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe) as Dallas. When the men step out on stage, and the music starts, the clothes come off. Adam has a lot of respect for his new friend Mike, who has a great nightlife but struggles with finances during the day. However, he has his eye set on blonde Brooke, and Adam is getting in trouble with drug dealers. The party is getting out of hand and also getting in their real lives, with dangerous results on the way. But don’t worry, in the end there’s a happy ending.

Believe it or not, this is inspired by Tatum’s real life in Tampa, Florida. Then again, that sounds a little douche-baggy for a guy to tell his life’s story and play himself. Still, the most gorgeous man in the universe, with the most accomplished independent filmmaker in Hollywood, and the most profitable studio in the world making this on a mere $7 million budget (!), have created the quintessential girl’s fantasy movie that does not include vampires (haha). It’s really quite a remarkable little movie; very watchable even for straight men who get dragged to this by their girlfriends. Yes, I enjoyed this romp. It’s like “Midnight Cowboy” as a comedy. Mike has sex all the time, even sometimes with his bisexual girlfriend and another girl they pick up to share! By the end of the movie, I wanted to be a stripper too. Though perhaps the best surprise is how well Channing Tatum can act. Shocking I know, but this is a very personal role for him and he shows very good depth to his character, mostly being just a regular dude then switching gears to vulnerable. McConaughey is hilarious as the club MC, and also has the dirtiest dance of all.

“Magic Mike” works for being both mature and fun and just a wild ride, kind of like “Striptease” for women. The show is about to begin, and anything goes ;-)

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