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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Magic Mike....not that Magical.

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. 



The club owner, McConaughey is shown above teaching the "kid" dance moves in front of a mirror.  Of course the kid is seduced by the money, the women, the drugs, and the seamy life-style.

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!


Photos from Yahoo Movies

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14 comments:

Vicki Valenta said...

Thanks for the honest review. I've been wondering about this movie. I think it would be fun to go see it with a group of girlfriends. However, I don't think my husband wants to take me to see it.

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for the review, but count me out!

Linda Kish said...

I'm not planning on seeing it for the storyline. I just want to see some eye candy.

Christine Macdonald said...

I may see it when it comes to cable, but because I've slept with so many back in my stripping days in the 90s.

Do tickets come with a complimentary bottle of neutrogena body oil?

Brian Miller said...

the only reason i will see it is because i was a body double in it...


ok, just kidding...haha

Abby said...

I was never under the impression it was a comedy, and I'm pretty sure most women aren't expecting much of a storyline ;)

With that said, I never go to movies. However, I might rent this when it hits DVD...

Brenda said...

I figured I'd watch it just to see Joe Manganiello. He's hunka bunka in my book. :)

Kimberly said...

All I'm saying is that no matter how old Mathew is, I'd still hit it.

SherilinR said...

i kind of like movies that show a lifestyle, that most people don't know much about, in a more realistic way. they aren't generally amusing, but maybe taking the glamour out of it will make young people less likely to try it.
listen to me sounding all old!

Terri Sonoda said...

While I really like Matthew M, I think I'll pass on the film. I thought it would be a comedy, too.

Sue said...

Thanks. I will definitely take a pass on this one.

=)

Al Penwasser said...

I'd go see it, but I'm afraid I'd make Matthew and Tatum look like punks by comparison.
Yeah, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Pat said...

I'd be afraid to go see this and get all hot and bothered. With the heat index around 115 degrees, who needs to get hotter?

And BTW, who cares if there's a plot or not? Snort!

ethelmaepotter! said...

I just plain didn't like it. Channing Tatum is gorgeous, but I already saw his backside in The Vow, thank you very much. Fred was the one who wanted to see this; I raised one eyebrow and enjoyed the popcorn. The theater was packed, women and the row of middle aged men in front of us whooping and hollering along with the audience at the strip club. I'm sorry, but orgies, drugs, and hearing the F word dropped in every sentence does nothing for me. And why do these women (and men in their equivalent clubs) throw their hard-earned cash at these strippers? They've already paid good money to see the show (and I use that word loosely,) and now they're just throwing more away.

And what was the deal with that big cave-man-looking guy??!!

Maybe I've just gotten old and cantankerous, but the next time I want magic, I'll head straight for Disney.