I have been anxious to see the film Magic Mike, ever since I saw the trailer for it months ago when it was in theaters. The film features a lot of… dare I say…smoking hot guys as male strippers. The lead role is played by Channing Tatum. I first saw him in She’s the Man. It was hard not to adore him after seeing him The Vow and Dear John. It’s impossible not to totally crush on him after seeing Magic Mike.
My 15 year old daughter is crazy for Channing Tatum. She really wants to see film but it’s rate R, and for good reason. There is nudity (bare male butt and women’s breasts) the first few minutes into the film. I am far from a prude, but I don’t think it’s something I want my 15 year old to see.
If you are uncomfortable with brief nudity and men in G-strips gyrating and thrusting their hips, then this might not be the film for you.
Magic Mike is NOT just about male strippers. There is a storyline within the film that doesn’t have to deal with the strip club.
Magic Mike takes viewers into a world most people never see… the world of male strippers.
Mike, aka “Magic Mike” (Tatum) is a man who wears many “hats”. By day he’s an entrepreneur who owns some small businesses and works as a roofer. By night he’s “Magic Mike”, a stripper at a local male strip club. Mike enjoys the perks of dancing, especially when it comes to money and tips, not to mention he gets a cut of the club’s profits. However he does want more out of life. He doesn’t want to be a 40+ year old stripper. He’s dream is to own his own furniture business where he can design and create custom furniture. In order to do that he needs to get a loan from the bank. Until that happens he’s stuck being a stripper.
One day at his roofing job Mike is paired up with a young man Adam. Adam is new to town and doesn’t have a job. He lives with his older sister, Brooke. Later that night Mike runs into Adam again, only to learn that he lost his job as a roofer because the boss accused him of stealing food. Feeling sorry for him Mike take Adam under his wing and tries to get him a job at the club where he works as a stripper, the Xquisite Strip Club which is owned by a stripper name Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Dallas is very “stuck on himself” (for lack of a better description) and plans on dominating the stripping world.
Initially Adam was going to help with the props for the dancers, that is until one of the dancers became ill. Adam was thrown on to the stage to dance by Dallas to fill the void the other stripper created. Both Dallas and Mike saw something in Adam and asked him to join them. By the end of the night Adam was transformed into “The Kid” and officially a male stripper.
Adam’s sister Brooke is not keen on the idea, but she will let Adam do what he wants to do as long as Mike watches over him. There is some chemistry between Mike and Brooke but it doesn’t really turn into much until the end.
Things seem to be going well for Adam, that is until he gets himself into some serious trouble selling and abusing drugs. Brooke blames Mike for this because he promised her he would take care of Adam.
Mike’s world seems to be crumbling down around him. He’s not able to get a loan for his furniture business, Dallas is taking control of the business and Mike is gradually being pushed out, Brooke is blaming him for what is wrong with Adam, and Adam is totally out of control and Mike blames himself.
Will Mike be able to save Adam before it’s too late? Will Brooke ever forgive him? Will Mike stick around and continue to strip at the Xquisite Strip Club? To find out you have to pick up a copy of Magic Mike. You can own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack or Digital Download on October 23, 2012 (http://bit.ly/MMPRWB).
I liked the film. I won’t lie and say seeing hot guys prancing around in G-strips wasn’t some serious “eye candy” (it was!) – but – I did like the underlying story too. Channing Tatum plays a very like able character. You find yourself rooting for him and wanting him to succeed in reaching his business goals, as well as getting the girl (Brooke played by Cody Horn). There is something really appealing about Channing, and it’s not just his good looks. He brings a certain warmth and vulnerability to his character. You DON’T just see him as a male stripper. You see him as man who is goal orientated, hardworking, like able and very down to Earth. You can see him running his own business making furniture and being a family man with a wife and kids, even a dog and a white picket fence. Stripping does not define who he is. It’s merely a job.
Alex Pettyfer plays the part of Adam/The Kid. In the beginning you feel sorry for him. He’s down on his luck and just trying to make something of his life. By the time time the movie comes to an end you almost don’t like him. He took the kindness that Mike showed him and transformed himself into the new king of the strip club.
I heard that there has been some talk about a Magic Mike 2. They way the movie ended does lend it’s self to a sequel. There are plenty of unanswered questions that a sequel could answer for us.
Some could say that Magic Mike is loosely based on Channing Tatum’s life. When he was 19 he was down on his luck and took a job as a male stripper, similar to Adam in the film. Some of the characters in the film (strippers) are similar to what Channing encountered during his brief stint as a stripper.
Channing Tatum can dance. Oh boy! Does he have some serious moves. :-)!!!
Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello also make for some mighty fine viewing.
There are a few bonus features including a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie as well as how the actors learned to dance. There are also some deleted scenes which feature dances that were not included in the film.
Look for Magic Mike, available on October 23, 2012. For more Magic Mike goodies visit http://magicmikemovie.warnerbros.com/dvd.
Here is the film’s trailer for your viewing pleasure. If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/QKcdBG, or at the link above.
I have a very special Magic Mike giveaway for TWO lucky readers. Each winner will recieved one (1) set of Magic Mike pin up cards autographed by Channing Tatum (yes, he really did autograph them!). Compliments of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The cards are printed on foil card stock and perforated, so they can be individually separated.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please leave a comment on this post and tell me why you really want to see this movie – OR – if you saw it already what did you like about the film. Also, let me know who would get the cards if you won (you or someone else)?
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*I was not compensated for this post. I received a free screener copy in order to do this review as well as a free set of cards. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.