Two of my friends and I went to see the movie Magic Mike, with Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum. From the previews with McConaughey announcing "laws" of the strip club ("You can't touch this!) and going on to add "I see a lotta law-breakers in here," I had the impression the movie was a comedy and was looking forward to an afternoon of laughing and taking in some awesome eye candy. (don't judge me, I'm old; have to get my thrills where I can while avoiding arrest!)
The eye candy was plentiful; no complaints there! The laughs were lacking, however. I can't say it was a bad movie. It probably presented a realistic view of the life if an exotic dancer (which is of course just a euphemism for stripper!)
Matt McConaughey portrayed the owner/manager of a Male Revue (another euphemism: strip club). Channing Tatum is the headliner and 7% partner, who works at several jobs with the goal of saving enough money and eventually starting his own business making custom furniture. He meets a 19-year-old college drop out who's struggling financially and brings him into the club as a prop man so he can earn enough money to repair his broken down truck.
It was really a dark look at life of these would-be Chippendales. The acting was convincing, the dance moves impressive, and all the rippling male muscle mesmerizing, I have to admit. I do think if I hadn't gone into it expecting a comedy, I wouldn't have left feeling cheated.
ChanningTatum is definitely hot, and at 42, Matthew McConaughey reminds us he's not even close to being over-the-hill! In spite of that, I'm not sure I'd recommend this film. You're on your own, with this one!
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