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About the Movie
Let's hear it for the boys! Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum (Step Up) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) star in this revealing drama set in the world of exotic male dancing. Tatum plays Magic Mike, a womanizing hustler with an entrepreneurial spirit who makes his living on the stage. When he takes on a protégé (Pettyfer) to instruct him in the fine art of hustling onstage and off, he finds himself falling for the newcomer's sister (Cody Horn) -- and questioning his life choices. Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Ocean's Eleven films) directs an all-star cast that also includes White Collar's Matt Bomer, True Blood's Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn and Matthew McConaughey as a former dancer and now owner of the club.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 202
- Fresh: 162
- Rotten: 40
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Soderbergh has created a spicy yet lucid, surgingly high-energy yet smartly modernistic musical.
Fresh: Tatum, whose talents have been the subject of debate, also makes Mike genuinely affecting, not to mention articulate within the bounds of a sketchy script.
Fresh: The dance numbers, choreographed by Allison Faulk, are inventive and athletic, but not really erotic; Soderbergh never lets you forget that, for these men, dancing is above all a job.
Rotten: After its overly drawn out introduction (featuring far too much stripping), the movie rushes in its final stages.
DON'T JUDGE THIS BOOK BY ITS COVER...
Don't be deceived. "Magic Mike" isn't what you think it is, especially if you've seen the previews. It's not a comedic romp about male strippers. It's a Steven Soderbergh flick, meaning it's not gonna be hilarious. Funny and smart, yes, but definitely not hilarious. And because of that, "Magic Mike" is able to rise above the potential clichés of its premise to become a subtle cautionary tale of sorts; a film that warns its viewers about the dangers of excess and why "having too much of a good thing" is never a good thing. Yes, there are a few genuinely humorous moments that can be found here and there, but at the end of the day, this is a drama through and through.
Loosely based on his real-life experiences as a male stripper, Channing Tatum stars as Mike, a roofer by day in Tampa, with a passion for making furniture, and the featured attraction by night in the all-male revue Xquisite. While on a roofing job, Mike meets Adam (Alex Pettyfer), a 19-year-old kid trying to find his place in the world. Mike soon agrees to take Adam "The Kid" under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. But as Mike starts falling for his new protégé's attractive sister Brooke (Cody Horn), who strongly disapproves of her brother's nightly career, he begins to consider whether the lifestyle he's living is really worth it.
As Mike, Tatum proves to be much more than a handsome face with chiseled abs. His performance is subtle, yet always commanding. Even when he doesn't say a single word, his facial expressions speak volumes. In particular, the scenes he shares with Horn are the sentimental highlights of the film. Matthew McConaughey is also a sight to behold. With his thick Southern drawl and charismatic persona, he's easily the most entertaining character in the entire cast. As for the male strippers' "performances", they'll simply blow you away, for better or for worse. They're a sharp contrast to the emotionally raw drama that lies beneath, but when those outrageous scenes are on screen, you can't help but be captivated.
In the end, I genuinely enjoyed "Magic Mike", even if it did suffer from some inconsistent pacing and awkwardly long-winded pauses. Soderbergh's directorial style is refreshingly sensitive, treating each of the characters with grace and humanity. McConaughey, in particular, delivers a knock-out performance, one of the best of his career. But it's Tatum who really shines, not just as the film's star dancer, but as a competent lead who can hold his own. Along with Reid Carolin's solid screenplay and Soderbergh's distinctly muted cinematography, "Magic Mike" stands as a tense, thoughtful piece of cinema that uneasily mixes humor and pathos for a truly moving and unpredictable experience. Yes, it's a slow movie, and as a result, not everyone will enjoy it, especially considering the story's somber tone. But if you wanna have your beefcake and eat it too, then by all means, give it a chance.
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One review I raid said "This movie actually has substance, but who cares?" .. more or less... And that is absolutely correct. 50% of this movie is what's on the screen, and the other 50% is who you watch it with. I saw it in the movie theatre and the audience was about 90% women, including grandma with her walker. Some of what few men were there had been dragged there by their wives, and a slightly larger group of men were there for the same reason all the women were. It was fantastic. There were laughs, and gasps, and giggles and there were truely entertaining moments. But on the whole the movie delivers on everything that it promises. Now if you're expecting great cinema, this is probably not going to be your movie. While all the men turn in great performances, and the story is interesting and well done, this is a far cry from "Boogie Nights" (though one might note a few similarities). Also, the actress who plays the love interest for Tatum, who has funny teeth and the acting capability of a boiled potato. But like I said, we didn't watch this movie to see the girl. In my opinion the only thing this movie needed to make it better was to be in 3-D :)
Originally going into Magic Mike I basically expected to see a guy version of "Showgirls", but boy was I wrong. Magic Mike is a surprisingly smart movie whith a great story, great directing, a hilarious sense of humor, & of course a bunch of hott sexy guys taking (mostly) all of it off. The only thing I had a problem with was the acting from Pettyfer & Horn which I'm sorry, but was absolutly terrible, but other than that this was all around a great movie! Definitely worth buying cuz you'll want to watch it over & over again!!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
- © 2012 The Estate of Redmond Barry LLC. All rights reserved.
- Magic Mike (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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