Upon seeing the first trailers for Magic Mike (2012), I had initially thought that Hollywood was so desperate for box office numbers they were willing to sell-out some of their most attractive leading male stars. I became particularly curious about the movie when some trailers started touting the stripper film as the Citizen Kane of all stripper films.
It is the Citizen Kane of all stripper movies. The story surrounds the life of two guys who work at a Tampa male revue called Xquisite. Channing Tatum plays Mike Lane, who has several jobs including stripping, as he struggles to get his custom furniture business up-and-running. Adam, played by Alex Pettyfer, is a young slacker who meets Mike on the job at a construction site, and later on, run into each other at a bar, where Mike takes him to his male revue. Upon meeting the manager, played by Matthew McConaughey, and other strippers, Adam gets to be known as The Kid and lands a job, as Mike takes him under his wing.
With Magic Mike's glowing trailers, it's easy to assume that movie is just a cheap trick Hollywood is trying to turn out. However, it really isn't. The story was based off Channing Tatum's real life experiences as a 19 year old stripper in Tampa. The cast gives glowing performances, and the script, though humorous and dramatic, does not play to the audience or the thrill of seeing the male cast members strip. Channing Tatum gives a strong performance as a young, hard working man who wants to make a better life for himself, however, stripping helps keeps his head above water, financially. Matthew McConaughey turns out a balanced good-guy-bad-guy persona, as the power yeilding manager. And, some strong leading stars make headway in the movie as well from Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn (who plays Alex's protective sister), Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello.
Though the story is captivating, there is also a lot of abs, bums, some shaved chests, and all-around nudity that can be captivating as well. Magic Mike scored an R rating with the MPAA, so this movie is not recommended for young audiences under 17. However, for more mature audiences, this movie is proving to be a major success. Magic Mike, for the 2012 film year, has already gained some of the highest critics ratings. On a Wednesday night local matinee, Magic Mike was rightfully sold-out.