Magic Mike Reviews
June 28, 2012 by staff
Magic Mike Reviews, “Magic Mike” is a stripper and also kind of a liar. Ads for the new Channing Tatum movie would have us believe it’s a male take on “Flashdance,” with glitzy stripper routines punctuated by romantic comedy scenes of people sunbathing and laughing. In reality, it’s more like a less campy male version of “Valley of the Dolls,” with stripper routines punctuated by betrayal, ugly violence and puking.
Tatum, a former exotic dancer himself, plays Mike. Early in the film, he recruits volatile Adam (Alex Pettyfer) to join him onstage at Xquisite, a Tampa, Fla., club where the improbable clientele is entirely female, hot and younger than 27.
Xquisite is presided over by head stripper Matthew McConaughey, whose flashy icky-but-he-knows-it performance is his most appealing in years. We see parts of several routines at Xquisite performed by the 0-percent-body-fat cast, but “Magic Mike” is more interested in the seamy, six-pack underbelly of stripping — drugs, narcissism, failed relationships — than in the stuff that happens onstage.
Once you get past the idea that “Magic Mike” is not the breezy, bawdy comedy of its marketing campaign, there’s lots to like. Director Steven Soderbergh seems to be channeling the hazy, mid-1970s Robert Altman, with improvised-sounding dialogue, an interest in the texture of this subculture rather than plot and a general lack of agenda.
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