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Capone says see MAGIC MIKE for the dancing man-ass, but stay for the compelling, smart story!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

I've actually had people say right to my face that they have no interest in seeing Steven Soderbergh's MAGIC MIKE because they'd be uncomfortable watching a movie "about a bunch of dudes taking their clothes off." For those of you who think that way, you're actually part of the problem. I don't mean the problem of the current movie-going public; I mean the problem in the world. Without calling any of you insecure in you own masculinity, the bigger issue is that a lot of people don't hold good movie making in high regard any longer.

As a wise person once said there are no such things as boring stories, only boring storytellers, and Soderbergh is about as far from being a boring storyteller as one can get. He finds small, unseen corners in every story he tells that other filmmakers wouldn't dream of noticing. He shies away from no subject, because he knows that somewhere in every plot is a human story just waiting to rise to the surface. But none of this means anything if he doesn't also find value in making his movies fun. And above all other things—the eye-opening look at the sleazy, behind-the-curtain, drug-, alcohol-, and sex-fueled life of a male stripper—MAGIC MIKE is a whole lot of fun.

The world that Mike (Channing Tatum) exists in is actually seen through two sets of eyes. He sees this job (and one or two others he has at any one time) as a means to an end—he wants to design, build and sell custom furniture through his own company. But at one point late in the film, someone actually accuses him of liking the attention that stripping gets him, and he seems stunned, either by the accusation or the fact that it has taken him this long to realize it.

The other set of eyes viewing this existence belong to Adam (Alex Pettyfer, most often referred to as "The Kid" in the movie), who Mike meets on a construction site and decides to take under his wing and bring him into the stripping life. Adam resents all manner of authority, but he takes to Mike because he doesn't feel like a boss, even when he pushes The Kid on stage when another dancer is forced to drop out.

Mike meets The Kid's sister, Brooke (Cody Horn), and he sees a spark of independence in her that he recognizes. She's not the kind of woman he typically meets at the club (and usually beds shortly there after). She's trying to look out for her brother, who's a natural-born fuck up. At it's core, MAGIC MIKE is actually about the constantly shifting relationship between these three characters; everything else is there to make us laugh and dance, and there's no shame in that.

Working from a script by Reid Carolin, Soderbergh doesn't focus much on the other dancers that Mike works with. While most of them (played by the likes of Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Adam Rodriguez) doesn't get nearly as fleshed out off stage as they do on, there's enough backstage banter and behavior to give each secondary player something interesting to build on.

The real bolt of lightning in MAGIC MIKE comes in the form of Matthew McConaughey, who is absolutely shot out of a cannon as Dallas, the club owner and emcee. McConaughey goes from lovable mentor and business partner to Mike to threatening thug about as fast as velcro pants come flying off these guys. Between this film, BERNIE, and the upcoming KILLER JOE, McConaughey is having the best year of his acting career.

Although it came as no surprise to me, it was great to see Tatum really play to his strengths as both a dancer (his final routine on stage is jaw dropping before he takes a stitch of clothing off) and an actor who seems to get better with each role. He finds time to tap into his background as the star of romance films in his scenes with Horn, and he reminds us of his surprising gift for comedy as well.

It is actually possible to make a smart movie populated by not-smart characters. And while Mike and Brooke are certainly the smartest of the bunch, Soderbergh has chosen to show us a lifestyle where people tend to life recklessly and without regard for consequences. Mike manages to live mostly on the right side of the sleaze that surround him, but that doesn't mean he isn't occasionally caught up in other people's messes. It's fascinating watching him drift between worlds, never committing to one but never staying completely out of trouble either.

On the surface, MAGIC MIKE is a film about picking up women, making money, partying, and man ass. But dig a little deeper in that man ass, and you'll find a story about the benefits and perils of possessing ambition in an environment that appreciates it to a point. This is a step in an extremely entertaining and thought-provoking directions for everyone involved, and I'm particularly interested to see where Tatum goes next (after he puts that G.I. JOE sequel in his rearview).

-- Steve Prokopy
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  • June 29, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    um, sarcastic headline???

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • June 29, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Agreed on the first paragraph.

    by Sardonic

    Let's face it, the vast, vast majority of American (and many other) males will not see this movie because they think it will "make them seem gay". And this includes men are otherwise intelligent, rational dudes. Even the men that WOULD watch this movie, would likely refuse to admit it to their male friends for the exact same reason. A similar thing happened with Brokeback Mountain, though I suspect in this case it will be much more pronounced. It's just the sad state of masculine identity in the modern era, and the insecurity that otherwise confidant men have about it. I actually have friends who claim that they can't tell the difference between an ugly guy and handsome one. Seriously. It's almost depressing.

  • June 29, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Who is Capone talking to in that headline?

    by Mennen

  • June 29, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Boogie Nights!

    by Kevin

  • June 29, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    that 1st paragraph is why a lot of dudes dont watch supernatural

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and those guys dont even go shirtless. just because guys are over 6 feet tall and can most likely bench press 50pounds over their body weight, should not stop you from enjoyin a show with a great mythology but the same guys who dont watch supernatural or this are the same ones who scream "boner" in regards to expendables, which is just a senior citizen version of magic mike

  • June 29, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    I'm not a homophobe or insecure in my masculinity

    by ThaWhiteShadow

    But I just have no interest in watching a movie about male strippers. Simple as that.

  • June 29, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    No, it means you're gay.

    by Sardonic

    Yes, you. Gay. Gay gay gay.

  • June 29, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Did somebody say "Man-Ass"? I'm in!

    by Xenodistortion

    Hey, it's just a movie about oiled up dudes with big dicks going through some life shit. Something us talkbackers can FINALLY come together & relate to each other with. We're all a bunch of Adonises, so let's get fucking real with each other guys. Sure, I love some 3D with my Tatum. But I've been known to eat my cake without frosting, so I'll take what I can get. Plus you got McConaughey. That's a straight up bonus. Hopefully he brings his A Game like in EdTV or Ghost Of Girlfriends Past. If this movie, or the Magic Mike reboot in 2013 doesn't beat Avengers at the box office I'm going to kill my family & dump a bucket of my AIDS infected blood onto a kindergarten class.

  • June 29, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    No, I just loathe Channing Tatum's screen presence.

    by Dingbatty

  • June 29, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    'But dig a little deeper in that man ass' Nice Capone.

    by adeceasedfan

    You're asking for trouble. Good stuff.

  • June 29, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    homophobia doesnt just come from straight men

    by deanmail

    theres more than a few women who if they even get a hint that a guy watched a movie like Magic Mike will suspect said guy is gay and treat him with disrespect...its the same reason guys "dumb down" around some women in case they come across as nerdy or elitist.

  • June 29, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Movies are fucking disposable these days...

    by blackmantis

    ...that's why the public holds them in such low regard. When you got 500 channels streaming into your home...When you can buy a DVD for the price of a Big Mac...when you can get an all you can eat online buffet of movies for 8 bucks a month...when you can download a torrent of just about anything for free...when the entertainment industry is devising new ways to force open our maw and jam an endless glut of movies and tv and porn and music and videos and opinion news and reality shows and crap and shit and bile down our fat, engorged gullets on a daily basis...things lose their value. We've all become like lazy Roman caesar's sitting on a throne waiting for the next thing to entertain our bored, entitles asses.

  • June 29, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns was a BORING story.

    by DrPain

  • June 29, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Capone stayed for the dancing swamp-ass! Nice!

    by BeanGrud

  • sort of like Harry loving Godzilla and Attack of the Clones.

  • June 29, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Say yes

    by dark

    Ive got a feeling i'm not the only one getting thirsty thinking about watching this movie. Pick a pack of pickled peckers, McConaughey & Tatum. I'll take my donuts cream filled thank you.

  • June 29, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    and guys don't be that jealous or insecure. please grow up.

    by julia

  • June 29, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Soderbergh is overrated! Hope he has a happy retirement.

    by Saen

    Ill give you the first Oceans movie and Traffic as being good, but the other ones were mediocre at best to just terrible like the Oceans sequels. I'll never understand what people see in his direction. Just look at his IMDB, how many of those directing credits were really any good at all.

  • June 29, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    I'll let my wife watch it and reap the benefits.

    by blackmantis

    As Tom Jones once said in a concert, "Let me pump up the can ride the bike."

  • It doesnt make a man gay to view a movie that has naked men in it. It makes him gay if he enjoys that and only that. However, you can be completely secure in your masculinity, completely straight, and still not enjoy seeing a sweaty dude's naked ass bobbing up and down on screen. It just isnt a pleasant sight. I know plenty of WOMEN who would rather not look at that, and they like men. The male body is simply not as pretty a picture as the female body. Unless you happen to be into bulky, hairy, sweaty man action. Does it make you insecure in yourself as a vegan if you don't enjoy watching cows get smashed in the head with hammers and ground up? No. So stop making it sound like anytime a guy doesnt enjoy looking at a naked guy dancing it means he must be secretely gay or insecure. It CAN just be that it is not an enjoyable thing to look at, regardless of sexuality. Men are not sexy. They just aren't. Women dont choose us (most of the time) because of our awesome pecs or hairy man gut. Ask most women what they loved most about their man's body they'll give you something like "his eyes" or "his smile" - ever notice that men love to watch women masturbate but women almost never want to watch a guy wanking himself? There's a reason for that. It's just not a nice sight. Again, I know plenty of straight women who would rather watch a female stripper than a male. There are always exceptions, but you get my drift. ANYWAY, that all aside, I simply, most of all, dont like Channing Tatum. I don't think he has any talent as an actor, I think he's hired because he's what you might term a pretty boy more than any other reason, and frankly he just has that gigantic douche look about him. You know, when you look at a guy and he just looks like a tool. I dont like him, I dont like his acting, and I wont pay to see a movie with him bouncing his sack in our faces for 2 hours.

  • I respectfully disagree. I appreciate the fact that he tackles a variety of genres and subject matter. I just have a hard time connecting with his style. The exceptions are The Limey and Out of Sight.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    saen, uh what?

    by MainMan2001

    Soderbergh is utterly amazing?! Sex, Lies and Videotape basically launched the independent movie movement, The Limey, Out of Sight, ALl the ocean movies(I hated 2 at first until I watched it a bunch of times and realized it is shocking subversive and very much like A hard Day's Night), and everything else. His a great, experimental filmmaker that works in all genres. Great man.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Hmmm I guess I'm the only one who say Moonrise Kingdom

    by MST3KPIMP

  • June 29, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    "saw" that is but now I'll say it.

    by MST3KPIMP

  • June 29, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    wcolbert, the times they are a-changin

    by P

    Many women, younger and older, have taken a cue from men and are objectifying men. Young women. Cougers. All ages. That's what we are talking about here, isn't it? Objectification. I would argue that certain things you claim about what women find attractive are social norms, not biological ones. A few women I work with took off early today to see this. They were all sorts of worked up. Personally, I think it's great. Free to be you and me and all that. They get worked up. Men get worked up. We all fuck like rabbits and sometimes make babies. Makes the world go round. Always has. Only difference is, more women are free to enjoy it on their own terms.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    "But dig a little deeper in that man-ass..."

    by SlickyVonBoner

    Ok. I LOLed at that one. The only reason I won't see this with my girlfriend is 'cause the entire time she will tell me how hot Channing Taintum is. Like I would sit there at a Jessica Biel or Kate Beckinsale movie and do the same to her. Chicks and their double-standards.

  • June 29, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Olivia Munn's Nekkid Titties

    by Darth Philbin

    In the first five minutes. Unfortunately right after Tatum's giant square ass fills up the screen.

  • June 29, 2012, 9:16 p.m. CST

    How can it be realistic?

    by DougMcKenzie

    I saw the trailers... it's all women in the audience. Half-decent, well dressed, respectable women. Not the 50% gay guys, and 50% 300 pound trailer trash types that any male stripper will tell you is their audience. My GF doesn't even think Tatum is that hot. She said his ear's are comically oversized, that he should hide those with a better haircut, and that his body (especially his chest and arms) is meh.

  • Now he can marry John Travolta and they can give each other massage!

  • June 29, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Mobgirl is going to watch stripper movie tonight with her gal friends

    by ajit maholtra

    The slime from their phuddis will cover the movie seats. Yuck.

  • June 29, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    yeah, leth go thee the ssstrippahs

    by cozy

  • June 30, 2012, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Go hang out in the theatre lobby and pick up chicks.

    by positivelySlime

  • Really Capone, that's overstating a case. As is the bizarre notion that Soderbergh has never made a boring movie.

  • June 30, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST


    by Chris Crocker

    Go fuck yourself. You sound like a twat in your opening paragraph.

  • June 30, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    woah wait a second

    by JamesT

    Wasn't this supposed to be delayed 6 months?

  • June 30, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    One problem in this world is the demonizing of peoples freedom of choice

    by alienindisguise

    Saying that someone's part of a problem because they choose to not want to see this shit is fucking retarded. Everyone's such a tree hugging pussy in today's society that they expect everyone to agree with the latest agendas that the idiotic media is pushing on them and the sad part is just how many people go along with it. The mentality of "accept everything because nothing's wrong" is going to fuck over everyone in the end.

  • Sometimes a motherfucker comes home TIRED and wants to get those pants off quick, y'know? And maybe I WANT my fucking shoes and socks on when I'm not wearing pants...what of it? Fuck these baseless cliches. Capone, I AM DISAPPOINT.

  • June 30, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by Lestat3

    Just because YOU don't see the appeal doesn't mean there isn't an appeal. Statements like "Men are not sexy. They just aren't" are just stupid. They aren't sexy TO YOU. Obviously, as a gay male I find (certain men) like some of the ones in Magic Mike to be sexy. But the idea that even women don't find men sexy is delusional. I went to a midnight screening of Magic was 95% women (and some gay dudes like me) In all my years going to midnight screenings of movies, I've never seen an audience get more excited than seeing Channing Tatum's naked ass. Women were practically cumming in their seats. All over some naked, cut, dudes. Saying "The male body is simply not as pretty a picture as the female body" is just your preference, not some rule. Look, I'm as queer as a three dollar bill, and I'll readily admit when a women is sexy. I can understand what sexy is in females even if it doesn't turn me on personally. Saying the male body isn't sexy when they are people with bodies like the Magic Mike guys is beyond self important...your basically saying that only your taste counts. You are right in a sense though, ask most women what they loved most about their man's body they'll give you something like "his eyes" or "his smile". But they're just covering as to not look slutty. Just go to a screening of this movie, you'll see just how much women like it when a guy is hot. Oh, and ask most men in public what they love about their wives, its not like they'll be honest and say "their tits and asses" -- they'll say "their smile and their eyes" just as much. Its a lie when either sex does it.

  • June 30, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    I'm crying because my cock is hard...

    by performingmonkey

    and so is yours. :D

  • June 30, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    This movie makes women FROTHY!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    After seeing the movie with the wives of two of my buds, I could've had a downright dirty threesome last night. Women have never treated me like an object before. It was tempting, we went a little too far. Not sure how much longer my buds will remain friends. If their wives talk about this... I hope my cock is smaller than thier husbands's or I'll probably get killed.

  • June 30, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Where the fuck have you been????? Good to see you back in the swing of things.. Oh, and I'm happily married, straight as an arrow, not homophobic at all, and this movie looks like a cash-in to the all female demographic, nothing more. What straight dude could possibly have interest in seeing that. If a straight guy is excited to see this film, then his sexuality is extremely questionable. And don't give me this shit about seeing it for the performances, anyone who goes to see this is strictly for the man ass only, period. And I'm already sick of hearing about this film

  • There are likely plenty of women and proud gay guys out there who just aren't interested in seeing Magic Mike. Stop insulting your readers Capone.

  • June 30, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Dkev00

    How about I don't want to see it because it looks fucking retarded. Went to the movies last night and there was a line of middle aged chicks waiting to see it. Not one guy was on the line ...NOT ONE. So don't try to spin this crapfest. Just admit, you drew the short straw and had to review this POS. Better you then me.

  • June 30, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I plan on seeing it...

    by SA_Rhyno

    with my wife of 20 plus year and my 17 year old daughter. If that makes me gay in your eyes, you're a myopic moron who defines what is wrong with the world today and the best part of you ran down your mother's crack. Male stripper movie? I give you "The Full Monte".

  • June 30, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I'm straight, and extremely interested in seeing this.

    by Holodigm

    Already said it in the other review, but my date's already promised head during the movie. I don't get how other guys aren't catching on to this.

  • June 30, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Monte = Monty

    by SA_Rhyno

  • June 30, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST


    by ajit maholtra

    Can I come watch stripper movie with you, your wife, and your 17 year old daughter?

  • June 30, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Not gay, but, all the same, want to see c

    by BurnHollywood

  • June 30, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    hanning Tatum's cock wind up in another dude's mouth.

    by BurnHollywood

    This, for me, is romance.

  • June 30, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Won't see because Soderbergh has sucked for 10 years

    by ennio

    If he were at the top of his game, I'd definitely see this, but I'm tired of being disappointed with his uninspired films over the last decade.

  • June 30, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    "But dig a little deeper in that man ass..."


    Pun intended? Anyway, I really don't have a problem with movies like this. With all the prefunctory female nude scenes and bombastic films that cater to male audiences, it's only fair to have movies like Magic Mike, and at least the movie doesn't sound completely brain dead. I probably wouldn't go see it in theaters, but I might eventually check it out on cable if it's on. And plus, it's not like the Twilight garbage that deliberately sells shirtless, rippled men to 12 year old girls.

  • June 30, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Brokeback memories

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I recall teased my cranky elderly dad mercilessly because he wouldn't go see Brokeback Mountain with his wife. I was like "what's wrong dad, afraid you'll like it?" and he was like, "no, I'm just not interested in the subject." I was like "I heard it's a real sad movie. I bet you're afraid you'll cry, right there in the theater. You're afraid of sobbing loudly at the tragedy of it all." "No, I'm not afraid of crying, I'm just not going to see a movie I'm not interested in." hilarious! other news, xenodistortion's comment made me Laugh Out Loud

  • June 30, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Live and let live.

    by mastermold

    Straight guys and lesbians had Showgirls to oogle at years ago. Straight women and gay men now have Magic Mike to oogle. Neither films needs to have much plot to their target audience to see them.

  • June 30, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I'm gay and totally secure in my masculinity...

    by gamerawangi

    In fact, I have many straight friends. But I'm not going to see this. Yeah, it may be a good movie, but not for me. I mean, if I wanted to see a bunch of buck naked guys, I'd rent some porn.

  • June 30, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Capone loved BENJAMIN BUTTON

    by YackBacker

    I don't trust his taste in moving pictures.

  • June 30, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I kind of get your point...

    by Mojo-Wan

    But yes, the fact that it's about dancing naked men is as much of a tipping point to keep me away as dancing naked women were tipping points toward seeing "Showgirls" as a younger man. Not sure I'm trying to prove anything... but I saw 300 in theaters, with a gay friend I might add, and this movie can't be any gayer than that one.

  • June 30, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST


    by SA_Rhyno

    ...what I said in my earlier comment applies to you as well. Straight down your mothers taint.

  • June 30, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Sa_rhyno, chee chee chee, you are filthy

    by ajit maholtra

    No wonder you are taking your wife and teenage daughter to stripper movie. You are a dirt.

  • June 30, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by gamerawangi

    My reaction exactly to "300". So, yeah, that's what gets me about some of the talkbacks here. The 300: "Seeing a bunch of (almost) naked guys is awesome! Er, so long as they're killing other guys.." Magic Mike: "Uh, no WAY! I wouldn't be caught dead watching movie with naked guys!". Never did see "The 300". Mainly because (and I might get a lot of flack for this) I think Frank Miller's work has all been downhill since "Dark Knight".

  • June 30, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Diet Boogie Nights.

    by MCVamp

  • June 30, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Ajit, it's clear that sa_rhyno read the comment from 'stereotypical evil archer'

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    and then decided he was taking his wife and teenage daughter to see it, for sure...

  • Heheheheheheheheheheheheheh.

  • July 1, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Take a date!

    by Glenn

    I did. She wanted to see the men, I wanted to see Soderbergh's work (wish he'd quit with the artificial egg-yolk-yellowing of his movies, blech). I won't say whether I liked the movie or not, but it got the lady so turned on that she for-went (past tense of forgo?) her self-imposed sanction against sex until the 5th date. And I'm a very average looking short guy with nary a muscle -- and she didn't care. Go. Get laid. Leave your homophobia at the door and TAKE A GIRL, YOU NERDS! Smarten up.

  • July 1, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Munn goes topless?

    by gotilk

    I wonder if they are spectacular or if she copped out and got a boob job like so many of her peers. I hope not. So what if they sag a bit? That's lovely... it's maturity. I find it quite sexy, actually. I mean, I don't want to see them at her knees, but be real! I'm still pissed about Jennifer Morrison's boob job. What a waste. Makes "Once Upon a Time" almost un-watchable for me. But then that face of her's. So damned cute. Can't resist.

  • July 1, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    So funny watching adults playing the old

    by gotilk

    "who's gay" game from back in grade school. Homophobia makes me want to suck a dick. But he has to have nice tits, too. It's not like I'm gay or something.

  • July 1, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I don't know if the movie sucks, or just this review

    by cat_herder

    I don't know if it's the review or the movie itself, but after reading this it sounds like Soderbergh took a script with nothing new to say and went to a meeting saying "It's smart! It's transgressive! It's ART!" It sounds like, at best, it may be Prometheus in a strip club.

  • July 1, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    sa_rhyno is taking 2 dates lol

    by ajit maholtra

  • What kind of 17 year old girl goes to stripper movie with Mom and Dad? daddylonghead and I arent the only ones who see this right? Its weird.

  • July 1, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    This movie proves women are the inferior sex

    by Mel

    they're all watching this POS. We didnt watch Showgirls, so it proves women are stupid.

  • July 1, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    "he wants to design, build and sell custom furniture through his own company."

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    I can't believe the main character's raison d'etre is a giant Chippendale joke lol For those that don't know, Chippendales are a famous group of male strippers and also (unrelated) the name of a very long-standing furniture company.

  • July 1, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Saw it, it's good

    by DrPhilHartman

    Why? 1. my wife and I are without the kids for a few days, so a movie per night is a must. 2. I like Soderbergh and I think McConaughey is cool. 3. TED wasn't showing at the right time. 4. My wife sits through lots of movies with scantily clad women for me (essentially all movies). 5. I am sick of cliche CGI superhero crap. It's a pretty good movie. Parts of it are hilarious. At one point there is something stripper-industry related in the foreground of a shot, and when you recognize it you think, "surely not", but sure enough! Here's a hint: it's Big Dick Richie's secret...that he shares with Austin Powers. The stripper dancing and the female reactions (on and off screen) are mostly funny and entertaining, even if you are a straight guy. Of course, there is much more to the movie than all that. The exploration of how stripping affects the characters was interesting. It is much better in that regard than other stripper movies (Striptease, Showgirls of course). Tatum was good in this kind of role and I'm curious if he can do anything else. Finally, for all you macho horny homophobic kids out there, it has some great tits in it. But to see them, you have to have the balls to go see it in the theatre. I dare you.

  • July 2, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Condescending review

    by funkylovemonkey

    I don't want to see this movie because I can't stand Channing Tatum, and don't really like Matthew McConaughey who was cool until he did one too many romantic comedies. I'm not worried that the movie will turn me gay and I'm not homophobic. I just think I'll be bored watching a movie about a bunch of male strippers. Honestly I think I would be bored watching a movie with a bunch of female strippers... isn't that what porns for? But I guess I'm part of the problem. I don't know what the problem is. Not liking every movie that Capone does?

  • July 2, 2012, 5 a.m. CST


    by DrPhilHartman

    Anyone not interested shouldn't see it of course. I have no interest in pushing the movie. But, since you posed one question I'll answer it. No, that's not what porn is for! :). It is a movie about the lives of strippers. Since it is a world I know nothing about, I found it interesting. That said, I could have predicted most of what it covered, and although it's not porn obviously the studio and soderbergh knew they were going to cash in on ladies wanted to see tatum et all nakedish. Kind of like omen going to strip clubs. So meta!

  • July 2, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    The word "homophobia".

    by v3d

    In Latin "homo" means human being and "phobia" is fear(of). So "homophobia" means, fear of human beings. And that's not how it's being used. A Homo Hablas is not a gay caveman. The word "homophobia" is common usage now and the accepted term for a fear or hatred of gays, but it's a classic example dumbing down the language.

  • July 2, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    This movie was not bad.


    But still, it's like if MTV made a Boogie Nights. Women are ruining cinema.

  • July 2, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Olivia Munn topless

    by ass clown

    Im close, but not quite sold still

  • July 2, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    I call Bullshit, Capone.

    by Robb

    On Golden Pond was allegedly an AWESOME movie. I know it had great actors and a top notch writing/directing team. But guess what? Nothing went boom, shit didn't get wrecked, and a bunch of people sat around and talked about their feelings. Meh. Magic Mike: A movie made for women. Go put on your petticoat and enjoy the hell out of it. But don't expect those of us with testosterone to get all weepy eyed at two dudes discovering themselves or whatever. 300 might have been gay. Whatever. It was also badass. It was high action, had a lot of dudes killing each other, and didn't slow down for one second. Magic Mike? Sounds like a bad TV microphone from a 70's TV commercial. So go wax your legs and quit whining that we aren't as pussified as you are. I'm going home to clean a gun in your honor, honey.

  • July 2, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by Eli_Cash

    *theres more than a few women who if they even get a hint that a guy watched a movie like Magic Mike will suspect said guy is gay and treat him with disrespect...its the same reason guys "dumb down" around some women in case they come across as nerdy or elitist.* Tru dat. It's a shame. I want to watch this. I like Tatum and love Soderbergh. But I'll probly have to wait for the DVD. Now if I had a girlfriend that wanted to go see it, I'd probably be in the clear.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    v3d *sigh*

    by Wile-E

    While the word "homo" exists in Latin and actually does mean "man", as you correctly pointed out, in this case it does not come from Latin but from Greek. In Greek, the prefix "homo" means "same", in contrast to "hetero". which means "different". Also, while the word "phobia" indeed means "fear", it is again of Greek and not of Latin origin. That being said. I agree with Capone's remarks. I bet if you gave the guys swords in their hands, guys would run into the theater to see these muscular dudes beat the shit out of each other. But as soon as they start dancing, it is suddenly gay.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    thawhiteshadow ... what a movie about a couple of fake transvestites?

    by FleshMachine

    what a movie about a couple of fake transvestites? does that interest you? guess you dont like some like it hot. my point is that a good movie can be made about ANYTHING...i have no interest in needlepoint..but a needlepoint movie could be great. so to say i have no interest in seeing a movie about "blank"...shows you likely have a clear prejudice against "blank". in this case naked men.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    "what about a movie.."

    by FleshMachine

    that is

  • weird.

  • yep