Jeri Jacquin, Movie Maven
Jenise Jacquin, Film Brat

Opening in theatres this Friday from director Steven Soderbergh and Warner Bro. Pictures comes a film about what it takes to become MAGIC MIKE.

This film tells the story of Mike (Channing Tatum), a construction worker who is saving his money to open a furniture story of his own. After being turned down by the bank he has to step up his game to make the money he needs. Mike, by night, is a male stripper!

Mike makes friends with Adam “The Kid” (Alex Pettyfer), a young man looking for work while staying with his sister Brooke (Cody Horn). He introduces Adam to club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), an outrageous man who has dreams of opening a club in Miami.

Along with the crew of dancers – Paul (Reid Carolin), Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), the guys drive the girls wild and teach Adam the ropes of the job. But sometimes things get twisted as Adam takes things to far and Mike falls for his sister.

Choices have to be made and Mike’s life is about to change!

FINAL WORD from Movie Maven:  Tatum has exploded in the last two years. If you wonder where his moves come from perhaps you  might want to check out a little video called “She Bangs” and then rent two little films called STEP UP (2006) or STEP UP 2: THE STREETS (2008). It is not only Tatum’s good looks that set him apart but also his diversity from romantic leading man  to comedy and everything inbetween.

Pettyfer as Adam doesn’t take long to not only start taking his clothes off but set about making women holler. This isn’t a huge role nor does it have much substance – yes, I just said that – but it is what it is. Horn as Brooke, unfortunately, seems flat and lifeless. She has wit and snappy one liners but there isn’t much behind it.

McConaughey is funny but more importantly a little ridiculous as one would have to be in this line of work. He uses that southern twang to its fullest and the ladies still love it. Carolin as Paul has a small role but it’s nonetheless fun. Manganiello is also another recognizeable face as Alcide the wolf in HBO’s hit series TRUE BLOOD.

FINAL WORD from FILM BRAT: Everyone likes a little ass! The film started off fast and exciting with all the screaming ladies just like a real strip club – except no dollar bills were being thrown at the screen.

Tatum proves that once again he is an amazing dancer. His performance is A+ stripper quality. Matthew is ripped and tanned as usual and it seemed easy for him to play an obnoxious and sleazy strip club owner.

Horn as Brooke – I didn’t feel any love interest here. She always seemed to have an ugly look on her face billed with judgement and no fun what so ever. The other three strippers didn’t have much to say but that’s quite alright – all they needed to do was look good and they accomplished that.

The film isn’t all about Tatum and the boys doing awesome dancing – they had the nerve to add a storyline so I guess you’ll actually have to pay attention.

Other cast include: Denise Vasi as Ruby, Micaela Johnson as Portia, George A. Sack Jr. as George, James Martin Kelly as Sal, and Olivia Munn as Joanna.

TUBS OF POPCORN: We give MAGIC MIKE three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Seriously, this is the best worst movie and we loved almost every minute of it. Let’s face it, this is SHOWGIRLS (1995) for gals!

Director Soderbergh does seem to hang on to a few stereotypes, whether factual or not, about male strippers. This film is obviously a guilty pleasure and there is nothing wrong with that as far as I’m concerned. It’s also a great night out with the girls!

It is fun, silly, fun; a little big of screaming and hollering is in order absolutely. The story is all over the place and doesn’t focus in until the end when it’s a little late. The energy is high for the film from the beginning but tends to wane off as what the gals came for falls second or even third fiddle to the characters problems.

In the end – it’s all an illusion!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.

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