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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: 198
- Fresh: 159
- Rotten: 39
- 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.
I guess you have to be incredibly shallow or just plain senseless to enjoy this movie. The ONLY good in this film is the few scenes where Channing is dancing. The rest of the movies is full of cliche story lines and the worst dialogue in cinema history. I'm sorry, Channing, I know you wrote the screen play and its loosely based on your life but, leave the writing to people who know what they're doing. Aside from that, Channing is gorgeous.
This Is probably one of the best movies made for women Channing Tatum Is at his best! And pretty sure at least 90% of people left this movie with the biggest smile on their faces!!!!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
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