Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Despite coming out as a movie all about male strippers, “Magic Mike” has more plot to it than audiences would think. Judging from the trailer, the movie appears to be all about Mike (Tatum) and his dream of breaking out of the stripping business to having his own custom made furniture store. Instead, you get less strip scenes but enough of almost-nude moments to not be a disappointment.
The movie focuses on three central characters. Dallas (McConaughey) owns a small strip joint in Tampa, Florida where he partakes in a few of his own strip nights. Dallas dreamed of taking the business to Miami where the money would come in larger quantities and he would split the profits with Mike who’s been his partner for years. When Mike brings in Adam (Pettyfer), a 19-year-old needing money, and he joins the pack and helps Dallas pull in more money, Mike’s partnership gets downgraded.
Adam doesn’t know what to do with his life but after bumping into Mike, he gets sucked into the world of stripping and selling drugs on the side. What brings this movie into perspective is Adam’s protective older sister, Brooke (Horn), who disapproves of the party lifestyle and only wants the best for Adam. She finally gives him the boot from her apartment when she can’t stand seeing how his life has gone downhill.
What “Magic Mike” manages to do is get audiences to care about the characters, which is why by the end of the movie it’s no surprise that there could potentially be a “Magic Mike 2”. The movie manages to pack in good amounts of comedy and drama, similar to the fashion of “Bridesmaids” and “Horrible Bosses”. Before I first saw this movie, my expectations were it would be a disappointment. Instead, it proved to be worth the watch and was a personal reminder not to judge movies on their premise.