Magic Mike

 (8,120)6.11 h 50 min2012X-RayR
The hot headliner at an all-male revue, Mike (Channing Tatum) takes a protégé to teach him the fine arts of dancing and picking up women.
Steven Soderbergh
Channing TatumAlex PettyferMatthew McConaughey
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Cody HornOlivia MunnMatt BomerRiley KeoughJoe ManganielloKevin NashAdam RodriguezGabriel Iglesias
Nick WechslerGregory JacobsChanning TatumReid Carolin
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Miss_NocturnaReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
... the low ratings claiming this movie has such a bad or lack of story are missing the entire point ...
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I’m afraid the low ratings claiming this movie has such a bad or lack of story are missing the entire point in the first place. 😂 It’s almost like a male watching an “adult film” for the great acting.

Women (and gay males) don’t really get a lot of films with a desired centerpiece like this. Most movies have a focal point of females when it comes to sexuality and intimate scenes. This is a very nice change. It also gives women like myself a taste of what we cannot access (meaning - people like myself who have zero strip clubs in existence near us) and able to watch in the comfort of our own home.

If you’re watching for a great, rich plotline this movie is not for you. But if you’re watching for a good time and some good eye all means, I highly recommend!
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T. LayneReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Channing and Other Various Hot Men in Fictional Stripclub - Um, Yeah, Five Stars
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Channing Tatum and friends dancing in next to nothing. Cool music. The romance storyline isn't believable-- no chemistry-- but who cares. This movie is great fun to watch with girlfriends or if you're feeling down-- trust me, you'll cheer right up! It has an R rating for a reason, so if you're offended by blatant sexuality and sex simulated at a strip club, this isn't your film. But for the rest of us-- SO much fun.
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2L82PrayReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cody Horn Ruined This Movie
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I saw this movie year and years ago, and after watching a stand-up routine by Fluffy on Youtube, decided, well, if I'd watch it twice, I might as well buy it. I'm sorry I did. Cody Horn ruined this movie for me.

I don't remember it being this bad, but truth is, the lead female/ love interest drug this movie down to the depths of some kind of judgmental hell I can barely describe. Every scene she's in is a "bummer". The energy and vibe of the movie lag every time she appears on the screen. There's no chemistry between her and Tatum, at all. I can't help but think that this movie would have been 10,000 x better if they'd cast an attractive, (she is not! sorry) actress who had chemistry with Channing Tatum. Someone with Charm and energy that wasn't a sucking black hole. That's when I looked her up (no idea before now) and found out she pretty much got the part because of her "daddy" who was a major exec for the studio at the time. No wonder I've never heard of, or seen, her again!

I feel like I wasted my money. I'm so sorry I bought this. I guess if Gabriel Iglesias had been more than a bit player in the movie, I might have enjoyed it more. But with Horn in every major scene, it was a chore to finish. I wonder if Amazon would give me my money back?
Casey MayReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
No smoke and mirrors with Magic Mike; what you see is what you get.
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Another word for "magic", according to is "magnetism". "Magnetism" would be an apropos adjective to describe the opening night viewing of Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike", which attracted plenty of people to the theater, particularly young women. If you've seen the trailers, you know that this is a movie about hot men who strip. While that's fine and dandy for the lot of us, you're probably curious as to whether or not this film might be a meal in disguise or just what it appears to be: a plate of candy.

First off, I'm just going to say right out of the gate that if you're a fan of Matthew McConaughey, then you should see this movie, especially if you want to see him nearly naked. I assumed he was featured so prominently in the trailer as a device that studios so often use to entice us. They make you believe that an A-list actor has more screen time than he/she truly does, and you end up spending your hard-earned dollars on a ticket to see said actor who's in the film for one or two scenes, tops. That is not the case here.

Unsurprisingly, the plot is typical. Mike is a roofer by day and "Magic Mike" by night. He dances at a local strip club so that he can save up for the bigger and better. His most cherished dream is that of owning a customized furniture business. It's basically Flashdance for men.

Adam (Alex Pettyfer) is brought on to Mike's day-job as a roofer who doesn't know much of anything. He's supposed to be 19 years old, but he looks like he's 27. Mike takes him under his wing and soon Adam is seduced by the nightlife. He is inundated with girls, drugs and money and comes to realize that there is an ugly side to all of that wealth - pretty standard stuff really.

I'm not sure if it was how Adam was meant to be played or if it was Pettyfer's style, but Adam seemed dead behind the eyes. Even at his most animated, he did not enthrall me. He seemed rather immobile in a film where it's necessary to move. That is to say that I couldn't tell if the character was nonchalant, or if Pettyfer was just a boring actor.

The dialogue in this film is very casual, which is to say that it's obviously not Oscar-worthy. Conversation is less brainy here in an attempt to appeal to the younger crowd (i.e. the teenage girls who flock in droves to the film, then challenge each other to ask every girl in the lobby if they're there to see "Magic Mike".) One quality I found endearing about this film was that there was an equal comedy to flesh ratio. And when the flesh did hit the screen, you felt like you were right there in the strip club, music booming in your ears and dancers gyrating on your face.

Matt Bomer from television's White Collar was a sexy stage presence, and the convincing argument for my attendance, but he was given barely any lines. His presence was more akin to window dressing than any real substance. I was surprised to see comedian Gabriel Iglesias ("I'm not fat, I'm fluffy!") in this film, particularly since he did not have a humorous role. He no longer appears to be as "fluffy" as he once was, which was nice to see.

Olivia Munn was enjoyable enough for the bit part that she played, although in one scene I couldn't tear my eyes away from her shoulder. Let's just say that make-up did not cover up her acne scars. Some scenes that were shot outdoors were obviously not re-shot, as light was continuously reflecting off of the camera lens. This took me out of the movie and made me realize I was watching one. Although, due to the overcrowded theater and my seat at the front of said congregation, I was better able to notice the details that appeal to the inner cattiness that we all possess but hesitate to admit.

"Magic Mike" seemed to cater more to the Tatum and McConaughey fans yet, despite my aversion to Tatum simply because he looks like someone I know and don't like, I found myself eagerly anticipating his next scene. It wasn't because he was sexy, although many in the crowd would disagree, but boy, that man can move. It has been said in numerous interviews that "Magic Mike" is based loosely on Tatum's past life as a stripper. That is easy to believe when he can dance like he does, making it look so easy. It's as if there is not one muscle in his body that hasn't been elasticized for maximum efficiency.

I was surprised at the number of scenes in this film that involved naked breasts. The studio did know its demographic here, right? They must have slipped those in to placate the poor straight males in the audience who might have found themselves somehow dragged to this film despite multiple protests. We see Munn's breasts within the first five minutes of the film. This would be less surprising in a film that would draw more than ten men to each viewing.

However, despite the boobies, it was refreshing to see a film that finally appealed to a woman's sexuality without including the meat head entertainment that films like Fast and Furious bring to the table. Here, there was all of the beef and barely any brawn. It was nice to, for once, be recognized as a demographic all our own. "Magic Mike" celebrates a woman's desire to just go out and have a good time. Not every film has to be A Beautiful Mind.
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Molly McCrackenReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Came in expecting to have a fun B movie time and it turned out to be the worst movie I’ve ever seen
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I think this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I thought it was going to be about male sex workers. And that I’d learn something about the world of male sex work, but I didn’t. I thought if nothing else, it’ll be hot. It wasn’t. In fact the first dance routine is supposed to be synchronized. I was watching thinking, “Hey it’s not super great. They’re kind of all over the place. So maybe that’s the plot. They work somewhere else or they get better.” No it’s not that. There is no plot, but many times where you think they could start a plot. But those moments are abandoned. And it’s not funny bad either. And there’s no reason for anyone to start any relationship that is started. The script is like, “hope you think they’re hot enough to be distracted by the lack of character building or relationship building that’s here. You fill in the deleted scenes where this scene makes sense.”
Jay LaneReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Woo Hoo!
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Woo hoo!!!! A professional stripper named Mike takes a newbie under his well-developed wing to teach him the ropes about being a man: how to pick up women, how to party hard and how to make easy money. The problem is, the newbie is 19, irresponsible and immature.

Director Steven Soderbergh got the idea for this story while talking with Channing Tatum during the filming of "Haywire." He discovered that Mr. C. had been a male stripper when he was 19 and was trying to write a script about his experiences. Soderbergh was very interested, so scriptwriter Reid Carolin was called in to do the honors.

Our theater was packed with young women who squealed and hooted through the first two-thirds of this movie. They LOVED the stripping, the production numbers, the choreography, the costumes and the actors! Had it been possible, they too, would have stuffed money into those thongs the men wore.

We saw a LOT of:
* Channing Tatum ("21 Jump Street") is our hero, this guy really CAN dance. Tatum broke into Hollywood's B-list by gyrating in a few teenie-bopper flicks, e.g., "Step Up," with simple dance steps and no acting. He moved into action films like "G. I. Joe" based on his (noteworthy) physique, plus a couple of two-hankie chick flicks like "The Vow." Now an A-lister, Channing does reasonably good work with funny dialogue, gymnastics, great steps and respectable stripping.
* Matthew McConaunghey ("The Lincoln Lawyer") is the Adonis ...oops... business guy, who runs the show. Yes girls, he does strip! But he also has a business to run and a payroll to meet.
* Alex Pettyfer ("Beastly") is our loose cannon, easily led down the primrose his sister's alarm.
* Cody Horn ("Occupant") is the frustrated sister trying to raise a 19 year old; she knows how erratic he is and has no idea how she can get his life under control...maybe Mike can help.
* Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Reid Carolin (usually on the production or writing end of things), Joe Manganiello ("True Blood") and Adam Rodriguez ("CSI Miami") round out the on-stage cast.

By the final credits, there were some disappointed audience members, in fact one woman said, "Why'd they have to go and put in a story, too!" However, Your's Truly was not overly disappointed; instead I was interested in the steady growth of Channing Tatum's profile in Hollywood, as an actor, a personality and a guy who can do comic lines...and there were MANY comic lines. Yeah, the story is flimsy, but all that eye candy made it easy to forgive ("A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down...").

Kudos to the folks who spent the extra money to give us great final credits: the actor's name and a shot of the character. This is SO helpful and something we really appreciate! I got an extra copy from Amazon for a gift.
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DEWEY M.Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
"You take your clothes off like a 12 year old in a locker room"
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Director Stephen Soderbergh and star Channing Tatum establish an extremely relaxed atmosphere in "Magic Mike." The screenplay by Reid Carolin is loosely "inspired" by Tatum's own early days as a "male dancer/stripper." Soderbergh shoots every scene, except those inside Club Xquisite, through a double straw filter. It looks as though the camera lens has a huge ray of sunshine attached to it. It all looks so unreal. And, if the outside world of super-sunny Florida is unreal, then so is Club Xquisite. The best thing about "Magic Mike" is how it makes the life and work of male strippers "unsexy." Sex isn't sexy if it's a business, and we see how every move, bump, grind, and gyration that sends the female customers (where are the gay men in this movie? Because, trust me, gay men are the real target audience for, and are watching, this movie) into sexual frenzy is a calculated business. Captivating performances by Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer keep things interesting.
McConaughey is Dallas, the ultimately self-centered owner and mentor at Xquisite, and "Magic Mike" Lane (Tatum) is the star attraction in the stable of male hotties. Tatum has a natural confidence and charisma. At age 30, he is smart enough to know that he can't keep bumping, grinding, and gyrating forever. He works odd jobs and hopes to one day design his own line of custom furniture. He befriends Adam (Pettyfer), literally, the new "Kid" at Xquisite. He is also attracted to Adam's sister (Cody Horn). Worried about how Adam will handle the stripper lifestyle, she asks Mike to take care of him. Mike promises to do so, but that doesn't turn out too well.
Adam becomes a stripping sensation faster than Natalie Wood in "Gypsy" (1962). Adam, it turns out, is a natural born stripper; despite the fact that Dallas initially tells him, "You take your clothes off like a 12 year old n a locker room." Adam quickly dives into easy money, booze, drugs, and cheap sex; just as Mike grows sick of the lifestyle. In the end, Mike has had enough and (drug-addicted) Adam is all set to take his place as #1 Stud at Xquisite. So, does "Magic Mike" aim to be the "A Star Is Born" of male stripper movies? Such a question will likely never bother the average viewer, who will likely view "Magic Mike" as agreeable cinema eye candy and nothing more. "Magic Mike" may not know where it is going (maybe it has nowhere to go?); but I still appreciated the fact that Soderbergh's and Tatum's interest in the characters is obviously more than just skin deep.
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Andrew EllingtonReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely no magic here...
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I love that people tried to pretend that this movie was good. Seriously, how can you even attempt to do that? I understand that the director inspired confidence in this film because, well, he's Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh and people seem to think he's some kind of `do no wrong' genius of film. I personally think he's a tad hit or miss, with films like `sex lies and videotape' and `Che' being major hits that then the mediocrity of those `Ocean' films being complete misses. When this film first got announced it was labeled as some `drama heavy/dark' movie about male strippers and was supposed to be `more than that' despite being marketed as a flesh for all `chick flick'.

It's just that; a flesh for all chick flick.

LOL at the idea of this being dark. Why, because Adam gets in over his head with a drug dealer? Or was it because he gets in a fight with some college guys for slipping some girl ecstasy? Or maybe it was because in some singular scene Dallas tries to act all tough and `controlling'. Seriously, the darkest thing about this movie is the murky color lenses Soderbergh decided to shoot the whole film through.

And still, it is kind of fun; right?

I mean, the film is really stupid if we're to be honest. Even the dance moves were somewhat uninspired, and the progression of character is so underdeveloped. Watching Mike mull over his squashed dreams of having a legit job and not dry humping screaming bachelorettes is kind of hilarious and then his abandonment after going all `gangster' with some `new routine' is just so melodramatic and yet a total non-event. The acting is completely one-note. McConaughey's awards draw with this performance was so bizarre. Like, how was this praised for anything? All he did was smirk at the camera for the 1,000th time and act all McConaughey. He charms in his branded southern way and that's about it folks. Tatum is good looking yet vacant (which is weird since I usually find him undeniably charismatic) and Pettyfer is trapped in a ridiculous character. Olivia Munn can walk around half clothed all she wants, but next time it would be nice if she were given something interesting to do. I hope I never seen Cody Horn again.

And still, it is kind of fun; right?

I don't know, maybe, maybe not. I enjoyed myself to an extent because it felt like a nicely crafted time waster that didn't feel like a complete waste of time. Like, it was semi-interesting in all of its absurdity and it was pretty to look at (and I don't mean because of the flesh) and it moved with grace (the editing was flawlessly progressive). Like, I hated this in concept and yet kind of liked it in construction, if that makes any sense.

Brainless fun, or something like that.
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