When Donovan asked me to go see Magic Mike I’ll admit I had my reservations. As much as I love nearly naked men as much as the next gay, I didn’t really think there could possibly be a movie with this much hip thrusting and sweaty men that I would want to be watching in public. Fortunately, what I expected to have me asking for my dollar bills back at the end of the night turned out to be a highly entertaining movie with a gratifying storyline, semi-solid cast, and throbbing beats that made me want to get out of my seat and take my clothes off… almost.
Channing Tatum stars in this film, which is loosely based on his experience as a stripper after dropping out of high school. In this version of the story, Alex Pettyfer (Beastly, I Am Number Four) stars as the young kid Adam, while Tatum portrays the 30-something male stripper and titular character Mike. The two meet while working on a contruction site and while hesitant at first, Mike takes the kid under his wings and introduces him to the highly profitable world of male stripping.
Shortly after being thrust on stage, and awkwardly removing his clothes to “Like a Virgin” while high on GHB, Adam is thrown into full rotation at Xquisite, the local male strip club. He begins taking lessons from Dallas , the club’s owner, emcee and former stripper who is played by Matthew McConaughey. Adam soon learns how to twist, pump, thrust and gyrate his way to that next dollar. He is soon deep in a world where the money, drugs, and women come quicker and faster than you did your first time *wink*.
One of my favorite scenes is when Dallas is showing Adam how to thrust his hips. They are basically up against a mirror dry humping which Alex Pettyfer bottoms for Matthew McConaughey. It’s unreal. Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez make up the rest of the hunky male ensemble and while their characters don’t add too much to the story line, seeing Manganiello pump his penis before going on stage is worth the price of admission in and of itself.
My only complaint after seeing this movie is the casting of Adam’s older and responsible sister played by Cody Horn who becomes Tatum’s love interest. She definitely had the right look, not your obviously gorgeous bimbo, but a stunning beauty nonetheless. My problem was with her acting. Her lines felt so forced and her laugh was god-awful. I’ve seen amateur drag queens give a more convincing performance.
Stale actress aside, I grew to love this movie (more than once) and by the time we walked out I was fully satisfied. and impressed that the movie delivered much more than expected. It wasn’t perfect but it was definitely entertaining. Tatum’s routine to Ginuwine’s “Pony” was absolutely flawless. I mean it. That one dance on repeat for 2 hours would have done it for me. This movie is definitely going to be a huge hit with gays, females and confident-hetero male audiences. Do I think it will win an Oscar? No. But really, does anyone expect that from a movie about male strippers?