Iron Horse Entertainment (II), Extension 765, Nick Wechsler Productions,

Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, James Martin Kelly, Caitlin Gerard

Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) is a roofer by day, and an exotic male dancer at night at a club owned by Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). Mike has dreams of making furniture for a living, but the big money made at the strip club doesn’t seem to ever be enough to get his dreams off the ground. He meets a young guy, Adam (Alex Pettyfer) at the roofing job and introduces him to the adventures of the night club and he jumps in with both feet causing everyone a great deal of grief. When Dallas makes the big plan to move the business out of the seedy Tampa location, to Miami Beach, everyone is excited, but Mike needs to take a look at his life and determine if he wants to just keep dreaming away or get busy and really change his life.

This movie is definitely schizophrenic! It can’t decide what it is, so it’s a little bit of a lot of different things. So before you tune in, you need to decide what you’re looking for. It’s definitely a love story. Mike is chasing a med student who happens to be Adam’s sister. But it’s not a very good love story and is deeply lacking in that department. Secondly, it’s a buddy picture where Mike takes Adam under his wing to protect him and save him from his horrible mistakes. Not a bad buddy story, but Alex Pettyfer’s Adam character is the most annoying character in the film. He really seems disinterested in the whole thing, and not really into the role at all. He’s really wooden and not very interesting, so that takes a lot away from the buddy story. Then there old man Dallas who’s dedicated his life to running the strip club, and Mike who’s young, and just in it for the short haul to make some big bucks. Dallas is definitely a smart ass and is due to be taken down a few pegs. His role is the one Cher had in Burlesque. That may be the best side of the film however, as both Channing and Matthew can act, and they work pretty well together. Finally is the strip club part of the movie. The dancing isn’t bad, but it’s pretty tame for the most part, so if you’re looking for porn, this hardly deserves the R rating except maybe for the subject material. It’s not very risque, but it does put a lot of humor in the characters in the club, some customers, but mostly the disturbed dancers who work here.

All in all its sort of a mix mash that doesn’t totally work. It’s definitely not great cinema, and is highly forgettable. Perhaps for a girls night out for the girls who aren’t really naughty, but like to pretend they are. I can’t imagine why you’d want to go see this in a theater rather that actually going to a club and experiencing it first hand, unless it’s the crush thing on Channing Tatum perhaps. I didn’t enjoy this very much, and though I made it through the whole movie, I wasn’t highly impressed with it. It’s just an average movie.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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