‘Magic Mike’ Movie Review

Tricia Peterson / Washburn Review

If an intriguing story line and exciting plot points are what you have in mind for the next movie you want to see, Magic Mike is not for you.

Don’t get me wrong, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, (In Time) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood) are all nice to look at, it’s just that the movie itself just wasn’t that great. Hunky men, stripping and grinding are always a good time, but they could have at least given us a good story in the process.

The movie begins with Dallas, played by Matthew McConaughey (from too many movies to name them all) explaining the “non” rules of the stripper game. Then, it cuts to Mike (Tatum), roofing. He is training his new hire from Craig’s List, Adam, (Pettyfer) who doesn’t know a thing about roofing. Then, after the workday, Adam goes home, where he lives with his sister, Brooke, played by Cody Horn, on her couch while he works random jobs.

Out that night with Brooke and her boyfriend, Adam leaves and starts walking on the street, and just so happens to come across Mike. Mike gets Adam into the club and they proceed to recruit girls to come to a male strip club called Xquisite, which Dallas owns. Everything that happens after that is expected and the most exciting thing is the male stripping.

There are many stripping scenes throughout the movie, but the only real good dancer of all the men was Magic Mike himself. The other men were hot, but all they really did was hump women and each other. Even Adam didn’t do any real dancing, – there was this one scene where Dallas is teaching him to dance but we never get to see him actually dance.

The weak plot continues with Mike striving to begin his own custom furniture business, and Adam continuing to mooch off of his sister and live a party life. Like I said earlier everything is pretty predictable, so I am not going to go into it, I will let you go see for yourself if you want to.

If you are like me and enjoy a few laughs and some hot guys to look at, you will make it through the movie. There were funny parts and a couple exciting scenes that didn’t include half naked men, but for the most part it was pretty slow.  The ending left me happy for it to be over and wondering what the point was other than sexy men stripping.  If you can’t afford a real male stripper Magic Mike  is a good substitute, at least.