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Plot: Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 28 Jun 2012
loved it and can't wait to see it again Friday! (by monkeypantz-406-743017)
I was lucky enough to score a couple of tickets to the special screening in Boston thrown by Gilt. As part of the special package they served cupcakes and champagne before the screening...but the real dessert was definitely Channing! I've seen a couple of his films before..wouldn't't have said I was a Channing fan or anything like that..but I like romantic comedies, and he seems to be the go to guy...but seeing him in this movie literally blew my panties off. This movie isn't just a stripper film...I can only describe Magic Mike as a TOTAL PARTY.. it's funny, <more>
shocking...and surprisingly heart felt..I really wanted Magic Mike to get the girl as if there was ever any doubt Yes, there's dancing, yes they're nearly naked..but I thought the relationship between Magic Mike and 'The Kid' was really great..all the guys are funny and of course hot but there's great chemistry between the whole group. For people who think this is just a film for the ladies and the gays, I think you're wrong...the two straight guys who were with our group really liked the film..and who cares if they pretended? to cover their eyes during the stripping scenes...they liked seeing guys party..it's definitely a male fantasy I think..to be up there and to make women scream for you to take your clothes off. I'd never seen Cody Horn in a film before..she's definitely got that 'next big star' quality. I could totally see Matthew Mcconoughay getting some sort of award nomination for his role as the strip club owner, 'Dallas'...but seriously..I've never seen Channing be this good...Brad Pitt should stay home with the kids, because he's definitely been replaced as the hottest man alive in my book..I'm going to start the campaign now for Channing to be People Magazine's sexiest man alive for 2012!
I really cannot say enough about this film. It is better than a ten, it is perfection. You would assume it was just about the stripping, but Soderbergh nailed the scene. I live in St Pete, where the movie was filmed, and I honestly felt it was just being filmed in all local bars. The people, the drugs, the filth, the hot guys, it's all there!! Channing Tatum is no joke, when he moves, all eyes are on him. The plot surrounding the two main characters was well developed, I honestly think this is one of Soderberghs best yet. Although the film was advertised as a male stripper film, it is so <more>
much more, it shows the filthy women. It shows the heavy drug use. It is just so much more than a film, it is cinema!
If you want a movie with a good plot, skip it. If you are looking for a fun time with a theater full of women laughing and blushing and having a great time, go see this one! IT was loads of fun and so sexy! This movie is about male strippers, nothing more, nothing less. Don't think you are going to get a thought provoking, surprising story line out of this one. You can pretty much guess what the entire movie is going to be about in the first 20 minutes. It is relatively funny. The bottom line is you go to see this movie for one reason and one reason only... to see some really fabulous men <more>
dancing their booties off half naked. The acting is good, of course, considering who plays in it. Ladies, get a group together and go have some fun; leave your brain at home and just let go!!!
The law says you cannot touch, but I think I see a lotta lawbreakers up in this house tonight... (by moviewizguy)
Many people like to generalize things to make it easier to understand the world. When the trailer for MAGIC MIKE was revealed, it was labeled as just a "male stripper movie," like how BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN was just a "gay cowboy movie." This generic label, undermining and downgrading the film's actual quality, even overshadows the fact that Steven Soderbergh is the director, who rarely make films that lack substance. Yes, MAGIC MIKE has style, but it has substance as well. Here's the kicker: Those who want to see the film primarily for the stripping may be left <more>
disappointed, as they will likely fidget in their seats for these scenes to come. As one lady sitting next to me said once the credits rolled, "Worst movie ever." On the other hand, those who refuse to see the film because of its subject matter may be missing a great film.To state it simply, MAGIC MIKE is a BOOGIE NIGHTS-lite, which isn't a bad thing considering how utterly dark and depressing BOOGIE NIGHTS gets in its second half. The first half of MAGIC MIKE is light and breezy and quite funny. In fact, most of the jokes in here are funnier than most modern comedies try to achieve. We are introduced to this world that is fascinating because of how surprisingly mundane and economics-centered it is. The stripping sequences, filled with energy and sexiness, are mostly played for laughs. We get exposed to a lot of male asses, ripped abs, and pelvic thrusts, but it's all in good fun. Then, things slowly start to take a dark turn in the second half. It isn't hard to imagine people thinking, "Wait. Isn't this a stripping movie?" Characters start to make bad decisions and one thing leads to another and so on. You get the idea.The cast is terrific all around. Channing Tatum is very good as the lead role, playing comedy and drama effectively. However, I want to give a huge shout out to Alex Pettyfr and Cody Horn, both pulling off terrific performances in their substantial roles. Pettyfr, in particular, I never really liked in the films he starred in before, but he is just phenomenal in this film. Horn, on the other hand, seemed to come out from nowhere, but her rapport with Tatum is terrific. Let's also not forget about Matthew McConaughey. Even though he isn't in the film that much, he steals every single scene he's in. He's just that good.MAGIC MIKE will either surprise or disappoint you, depending on what your expectations are. Still, it's a film BOTH genders can enjoy, and it shouldn't be limited to "a movie for the ladies." MAGIC MIKE is funny and dramatic when it needs to be, but the main reason it succeeds is because of the cast. Overall, MAGIC MIKE is a very good film. Just don't expect a lot of stripping.
Way more magic involved than I had presumed (by Stay_away_from_the_Metropol)
It really, really boggles my mind just how the brains of so many of you people work. 90% of the reviews on here are exactly the same "the stripping was the ONLY good thing about the movie". I couldn't disagree more.I went into the movie with basically no expectations. In my opinion, Soderbergh is completely hit or miss. He has classics like Sex, Lies, and Videotape and stinkers like The Girlfriend Experience. This is the only movie of his aside from Sex, Lies, and Videotape that I have truly loved through and through.I don't know what people are talking about criticizing the <more>
acting. This is one of the best roles I have seen Tatum pull. Matthew McConaughy is perfect as the head slime ball. The lead who plays "The Kid" or Adam is a completely believable representation of every guy who is in his shoes in the world. And the sister Brooke, while coming off as a little obnoxious with her grim stares around the beginning of the movie, had a tough role to play but she did it with flying colors as well - by the end of the film she becomes a quite endearing figure.The soundtrack was good. The camera work and editing was innovative. There were some really cool montage-esque segments towards the middle of the movie that actually worked really well and were pretty stylish. The cinematography during the dance sequences are especially vibing and impressive as well.People complain there is no plot or ending - I think these people must be lacking depth or lacking a brain in general. From the very start, the movie flowed very well, a slow and smooth grind into the world that we will end up spending the rest of it's length existing in. The movie maintains an impressive realism through the majority of it's scenes - instead of trying to feel like a blockbuster feature, it feels like what it would feel like in reality. The focus of the plot changes slightly throughout the film, but stays open and interesting. And the ending, I don't think could have been more perfect - if you take nothing from it, well, you must be missing a lot of things in life.I dunno what else to say! This is absolutely one of my favorite Soderbergh movies and easily one of the best movies I have seen this year in 2012 so far. I recommend it to anyone with brains.
They've Got the Magic Flick (by stephrenee-385-451528)
Girrrllll I seriously considered that being my entire review, because that accurately sums up my reaction to this beautiful example of cinematic genius. There may be a legal battle brewing between Channing Tatum and his former stripper buddies over the idea, but I do not care whose idea it was. All that matters is that this idea was executed. A strip club experience without the cover charge, expensive drinks, or some stranger's genitals being anywhere near your face? Yes, please! Believe it or not, the film has a plot and I feel obligated to share it. Mike Tatum is a jack of all <more>
trades and is trying to start his own small business. I guess he is too old to be paying his college tuition. Anyway, his credit is bad, but his body is hot, so naturally he strips with the Xquisite Male Dance Revue to rake in extra cash. While doing a roofing job, Mike meets Adam Alex Pettyfer, whose characters are always easy to hate , a guy who can't seem to do anything right and later takes him out on the town. To return the favor, Adam helps to convince some sorority girls to attend that night's show at Xquisite and agrees to help out backstage. Of course, a situation arises that forces Adam to go onstage and though he cannot strip or dance at all, his performance is a huge hit and he joins the Revue.Everyone has different goals and dreams in this film. Adam wants to live it up as much as possible, which upsets his sister Brooke Cody Horn . Mike wants to leave the stage behind one day and settle down with a woman he can talk to, which definitely is not his promiscuous bed buddy Joanna Olivia Munn . The club owner Dallas Matthew McConaughey wants to make it to the big time in Miami and say "All right, all right, all right" as frequently as possible. And the audience wants to see attractive men shake it like a salt shaker. I will not say how the characters fared, but the audience definitely gets their wish.If you forgot that Channing Tatum got his start in the dance film Step Up, then MM or should I say, mmm-mmm-mmm will be a delightful reminder. He is way more agile and acrobatic than you would expect such a muscular man to be, and his dancing is sure to be as memorable as Christina Aguilera's singing was in Burlesque. The other strippers are very talented and entertaining, but are also great comic relief. This goes especially for "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello with his risqué stripper alias and McConaughey. Some may say that Dallas is just another example of McConaughey portraying himself in a movie, but I don't see the big problem with that. Here he is more tanned, more toned, more vain, and seemingly more stoned than his public persona, and I think that all of those traits were perfect for the drawling egomaniac of a character that is Dallas.You may not believe me, but the strippers' bodies are not the only visually appealing aspects of this movie. Between Steven Soderbergh's artful direction and the unbelievable dance moves, several scenes play like an extended, gritty music video. I appreciated how a character's self-destruction appeared in slow motion with a backdrop of darkened neon colors, and that their self-destructive behavior was even addressed. Soderbergh and the rest of the crew could have easily made this movie an endless display of flesh, but they recognized that most of the cast can truly act. Magic Mike briefly touches on the fact that strippers not only provide an illusion for their customers, but are often living in one all of the time. And then it gets right back to the skimpy costumes and gyrating. Oh, what fun! Magic Mike is definitely not award-worthy, but it is the best kind of sensory overload from start to finish. Go with a bunch of friends, feel free to applaud throughout the film, and resist the urge to tip the ticket taker on your way out.Article courtesy of The Rogers Revue
This might come as a shock to some, but this is not really a movie about male strippers. Yes, two of the principal characters are male strippers, but—as Channing Tatum's character Magic Mike himself says at a crucial point in the film, "That's what I do—it's not who I am." Amid the bountiful buttcheeks and brawny pecs on display, there is a real story here about ambition, and goals, and loyalty, and commitment, and self-actualization. Yes, I used the term "self-actualization" in a review of "Magic Mike"; I told you you might be shocked.At any <more>
rate, plenty of folks like the pathetic woman who was sitting behind me in the theater, the one who clapped like a poorly trained seal, guffawed, and cackled any time the least bit of male skin appeared on screen will go see this movie because of all the hype about the hot male bodies in various states of undress—and they will certainly enjoy the film on that very basic level. But let's be honest here, folks—this is a Stephen Soderbergh film—and Soderbergh does not use sex and titillation gratuitously. The plot is compelling, the film is well written and masterfully directed, and Channing Tatum proves that he is much, much more than a hot body and a pretty face. For his sake, here's hoping that "Magic Mike" can propel him along a career path similar to those of other handsome actors who managed to overcome "Movie Star" looks to prove that they were genuine actors. Like Brad Pitt.
Surprisingly, I went to see this movie on my own free will not dragged by my girlfriend, not with family, or even friends for good laughs . I was not there to see the stripping, but there to see if this movie had any sort of a plot. Here's the main focus of the plot: Mike is an ordinary man by day and stripper by night. Although it may not seem like it, Mike has a dream of owning his own business with stripping as his only means of funding that dream. He then mentors a younger co-worker Adam in the life and style of stripping good and bad . As the movie progresses, Mike becomes aware <more>
of Adam's sudden change of personality, behavior and the movie shows the darker sides of his night job. From then on, Mike wonders about whether he needs to leave this lifestyle or continue to do what he does best.Seems like a generic plot but it does have a nice flow to it. Tatum really brings out his character. There are some good laughs and definitely not as explicit as some would've thought. We don't know much of the supporting cast, outside of Adam, Brooke, Dallas and Tobias. Matt McConaughey's character is very good and yet very underutilized throughout the movie. That is one of the cons I have for the movie. I also think the casting for Brooke was very odd as Cody Horn doesn't seem comfortable in this role, nor is she any good for this role.Overall, it was a good movie. I know some of you will judge me for watching this and that's okay. I'm an avid movie goer and I felt this was an enjoyable movie to watch even if it's targeted to females 13-50
Trailer is misleading, great movie though (by rooprect)
The upbeat trailer with quippy banter, cute gags and promises of washboard abs & tight tushies is very misleading. And the IMDb plot summary makes me want to hurl: "A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money." "Magic Mike" is a great movie but for different reasons and for a different audience than the trailer may attract. It's not a fun & wild romp nor is it a quirky romcom with a lot of chuckles. It's a complex drama that focuses on success vs. the illusion of success. It could've been set on Wall <more>
Street. It could've been set in a law firm. It could've been set in any one of the paragons of success that we envision when we hear that word. Instead it's set in a male nudie bar with tons of hormone-raging women waving, hurling and stuffing $1 bills into mens' thong underwear.Soderbergh crafts a powerful but almost self-defeating film that I doubt will be a huge popularity winner due to its unconventional story. Sidenote: why is it that filmmakers can make critically-acclaimed masterpieces about female strippers/prostitutes, like "Leaving Las Vegas", but if the g-string is on the other gender it's just goofy fun? Due to its deceptive marketing, "Magic Mike" is passed off as crowd-pleasing entertainment, but it's really a very sobering look at life with more introspective moments than laughs.Channing Tatum plays Mike, a guy with the bod of a Greek god, probably not very educated but with a very smart, creative ambition: to build artistic furniture. Somehow, instead, he ends up thrusting his pelvis on stage for screaming ladies. Enter Adam Alex Pettyfer , a 19-year-old kid who, like many 19-year-olds, doesn't have a clue. Mike takes Adam under his wing and introduces him to the night life, all the while promising Adam's sister Brooke Cody Horn that he'll take care of Adam.If you can see where this is going, then great. That's the point. "Magic Mike" does something that few films have the guts to do. It sets up a predictable situation and then takes us through exactly that. No wacky, contrived plot twists necessary. Instead it focuses on how different people react and change when confronted with a predictable set of events.Another thing this film does, better than any other I've seen in recent memory, is that it gives us REAL dialogue. I'm talking about the scenes between Mike & Brooke. It's every bit as real as something you'd experience in real life, right down to the stammering, the awkward fidgeting, the "flubbed lines". I put that in quotations because I'm not sure if the script was written that way, or if Tatum actually flubbed a few lines and Soderbergh left them in. My point is that the dialogue & chemistry between those two is so believable you'd think they didn't have a camera on them."Magic Mike" is not for everyone. It can't be accurately summed up with some exuberant catchphrase like "Laugh out loud funny!" or "A tragic masterpiece!" or "Nail biting suspense!" Also I would say that this is a very uncomfortable date movie, a very uncomfortable bro movie, and it's probably too heavy for a fun, gal's night out movie. If you do see it, it's probably best watched alone so you can really soak in the personal story it's telling. On an individual level I think we can all relate to the idea of being sidetracked by the pursuit of a dream, rather than the dream itself, regardless of if we're guys wearing buttless cowboy pants in front of 200 squealing, undersexed women.