Magic Mike isn’t as bad as you are undoubtedly assuming it is – and not in that, ‘I’m going to go out for cocktails and then seeing it with my girlfriends and ogle Channing Tatum’s chest! Woo, ladeeeez!’ kind of way.
Mike (Channing Tatum) gets his kit off on weekends and shakes his booty with the goal of saving enough money to open his own furniture design business. He introduces his new friend Adam, aka The Kid, to the world of stripping and the film follows the two protagonists through emotional journeys and buttocks-heavy dance routines alike. The cast is rounded out by the seedy, sweaty and shiny ringleader Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello from True Blood) and a few other overly-muscled men in arse-less chaps.
The reason this film isn’t as bad as it could be – including necessary film devices such as plot and believable dialogue – is thanks to director Steven Soderbergh, the guy behind Contagion, Erin Brokovich, Ocean’s Eleven, etc. Under his deft direction (and commitment to doing more than merely showcase men in g-strings dancing to bad music), Tatum and McConaughey turn in subtle performances (which are over-the-top only where necessary).
I don’t even think Tatum is worthy of heartthrob status and I think McConaughey is just about the most repulsive person on the planet and I still enjoyed this film. That should tell you something.