“Magic Mike” — The Real Deal or A Cheap Thrill

I will be very interested to see two things this weekend:  the box office results of “Magic Mike” and the ratio of women to men moviegoers seeing the film.

Ray and I went to see it Friday afternoon and while not scientific (I didn’t want to stare), we concluded that there was just one other man in our showing other than us.  So, with that being said, I bet that 80% of the “Magic Mike” audience will be women and gay men.  Good thing that “Ted”, a comedy movie about a naughty talking teddy bear opened this weekend for the men.

One thing that is certain is that “Magic Mike” will make a lot of money and it will be a box office smash since it only cost $7 million to make.

First off, let’s talk about the elephant in the room.  From the very first production strip number, “It’s Raining Men”, to that finale, the men of “Magic Mike” (Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Matthew McConaughey)  are visually stunning.  And, yes, there was another man in the group, Kevin Nash, that played Tarzan.

The movie focuses on Mike (Channing Tatum), a hard-working sexy man who works odd day jobs in Tampa, Florida, and dances at the club Xquisite  several nights a week as a stripper.   One day at a roofing job, his foremen assigns a new worker, a down on his luck kid named Adam (Alex Pettyfer) to work with him.  While out on the town that night, Adam sees Mike going into a bar and they hang out together and he finds out that Mike strips and makes good money.

Due to an unforeseen incident at the strip club, Adam, nicknamed “The Kid”, is forced out on the stage to strip to a male version of “Like a Virgin”.  Needless to say when the clothes come off, he gets a job with the troupe.  Choreography can be taught later, “The Kid” has sex appeal.

Okay, enough about the stripping part of the movie.  Is there anything else that would make you want to go see it?  You also get to know Mike outside of the club with his clothes on (mostly).  You learn that he works these odd jobs and strips because he has a bigger dream, a goal.  We learn how “The Kid” ended up on this dead-end road, and we get to meet his sister, Brooke.

I guess I failed to mention that there are two cute women in the movie, too.  There’s Brooke (Cody Horn) and Amber (Olivia Munn).  Both actresses hold their own with the boys and both pretty much keep their clothes on.

Toward the end of the movie, the Steven Soderbergh-directed flick does take a darker turn with drugs, drug overdoses, and violence.  And, the movie isn’t just about lust.  It’s also a love story for Mike.  Will he follow his dreams or drop his pants for fame, one night stands, and money.

While I can say that I’ve never seen a Channing Tatum movie until this one (the “War of the Worlds” uncredited “boy in church scene” doesn’t count), I will definitely be checking out “21 Jump Street”, “The Vow”, “Dear John” and more now.  Tatum exuded so much sex appeal.  How have I ignored him for so long?  (And, the movie is loosely based on Tatum when he actually was a 19-year-old stripper in Tampa!)

I can honestly say that while Ray was looking forward to seeing more of Matt Bomer,

I couldn’t wait to see Alex Pettyfer.  I loved him in “I Am Number Four” and “Beastly”.  And, even as rough trade in “Magic Mike”, he is definitely a hottie.

The two things that made me smile about the audience that I saw “Magic Mike” with Friday afternoon in Moline, Illinois, is that within the first few minutes of the movie when Tatum gets out of bed naked and walks to the bathroom, most of the women in the theater gasped out loud.  OMG, there’s Channing’s butt!

However, the part of the movie that cracked me up the most that horrified (“surprised” might be more accurate) and baffled some of the women seated by me were two scenes involving Joe Manganiello’s character “Big D*ck Richie”.  There was the “Boogie Nights”-like revelation and a certain fluffing apparatus that I’m sure some women are looking up on Google today!

My only question about the movie for those of you that have seen it is why was Mike dressed as Marilyn Monroe when he showed up at Brooke’s place on the Fourth of July?  Either a scene was cut from the movie or he was just at a wild party the night before????  Your thoughts?

“Magic Mike” is definitely a fun, hot movie that also has a heart.  It’s not all about sweaty dollar bills, cheap sex, and chiseled bodies — although there’s nothing wrong with that.  Who am I to judge?

GRADE:  A-

I know you’ve seen the trailer, but her it again just gratuitous reasons.  Enjoy!

Peeps

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jen J on June 30, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I thought the Marilyn Monroe thing seemed a bit disjointed too. It was weird.

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