Magic Mike: Rated “R” (110 Minutes)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Bound to be a hit with soccer moms and cougars all across the country, this film follows Mike (Tatum) and his fabulously man-scaped bod as he and his fellow Adonis-like co-workers struts their sweaty stuff across the stage of a low-budget all-male review much to the delight of the young chippies who swarm through its doors every night. Still, in spite of what the undulating figure that grinds up against the eager and otherwise repressed women that unleash their wild once they pass through the doors of the club Mike really would like us to believe that he is a man of many talents and loads of charm.
Truthfully, whatever else he is, Mike is a potentially honorable guy with loads of hustle, as he fills his days with whatever odd-job he can get to build up his capital worth. He spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture (which is his real desire). However, once the sun goes down he’s all magic as he coaxes the greenbacks out of the hands of women willing to pretend to do the nasty with him as he dry humps them on stage like a dog in heat. Mike has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years as hot headliner with his original style and over-the-top dance moves.
One day, while on a construction gig, he takes pity on a young guy Adam (Pettyfer), whom Mike takes under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of dancing, partying, picking up women, and making easy money. For his part, Adam is something of a screw-up well on his way to becoming a train wreck. Currently the 19-year-old is crashing on the couch of his older sister, Brooke (Horn) who is a serious-minded individual who is suspicious of both Mike and his chosen profession. At first Adam is just the prop wrangler ant the club, until a dancer becomes too drunk to go out on stage and Mike convinces Adam to fill in. well it’s not long before the club’s smarmy owner (McConaughey) realizes that this new kid has fans of his own, and decides to add him to the line-up. So as the summer wears on it opens up to Adam a brand new world of fun, friendship and good times. Only the lure of it proves to be too much for Adam, as well as wearing thing on Mike who starts to fall for the standoffish Brooke.
Yeah, this film is One Night in Heaven meets Showgirls. It is mindless and all about the hot himbos strutting across the stage for the pleasure of the women-folk. We can’t help but to wonder why, somehow this is okay, but when it was us guys watching Elizabeth Berkley delivering a wet and wild lap dance for Kyle MacLachlan we were pervs. Still, never mind that as this film is every bit as mindless as was that one, and here just to help us kick off summer and show us that not only are the gals every bit as wild and wooly as us guys, but — by the looks of things — even more so.
Guys, take our advice, allow your best gal to take her BFFs to see this one while you and your Bros check out Ted in the next theater. It will just work better for all of you.
Robert J. Sodaro has been writing professionally for over 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous publications, as well as on the web.