Magic Mike (2012)

magic mikeMagic Mike (2012)

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn

one-star

So you know that movie Showgirls? Well, what if they did that movie… but they were MALE strippers? WOULD THAT BLOW YOUR MIND, BABY?! No? Good. Because that’s really all this is, the same tired stripper story yet again, only with the gender reversed. If that’s all it takes for a film to be remarkable, then we really aren’t anywhere near any sort of gender equality, are we.

Channing Tatum is a stripper who recruits a guy he meets at the construction site (because of course he’s a construction worker by day) to dance with him to make some extra money. Mostly Tatum is just interested in dating the guy’s sister, but a hitch in the plan comes in the form of the new guy falling in with the bad stripping crowd, doing ecstasy and… uh… well I guess that’s all he really does, but drugs are evil. Also there are dance numbers.

There is, appropriately, a lot of beefcake in this movie, and easily half of it is just dance numbers (they keep the nudity PG-13, of course, so no dangling wieners anywhere if you were afraid). Channing Tatum apparently used to be an actual stripper (which explains a lot about his acting ability) and he really goes crazy in this movie, managing to out-shirtless even the shirtless master himself, Matthew McConeughey. If you like watching buff semi-naked guys jumping around, you’ll probably get a better show out of this movie than out of an actual male strip club, assuming the same difference between female strippers in movies and actual female strippers. Otherwise, there’s no real reason to watch.

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