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My review of “Magic Mike” which hits theaters today


The day has finally come – Magic Mike is finally here!

If you find Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello sizzling hot and want to see them wearing next to nothing, you won’t be disappointed. It’s just a delicious buffet of pecs, abs and asses.

And they can dance too!

But I do wish they were in a better movie.

I loved the dancing, loved the near-naked men but in the end, I just didn’t care about any of the characters.

The only actor who is able to flesh out any kind of interesting character is McConaughey who shows a ruthlessness underneath the Texas charm as the owner of the male strip club where the film is set.

Pettyfer is also pretty good but his character ends up having no redeeming qualities.

And while you want to believe Tatum’s character really has brains to go along with the brawn, in the end he really isn’t that bright or interesting.

As for Tatum’s love interest, I’ve never seen Cody Horn in a movie and based on this film, I have no desire to see her in another one. The romance is not compelling and the chemistry non-existent.

The main problem here is the script. The Tatum character could/should have been so much more fleshed out – what makes this guy tick?

And it’s just criminal to not use Bomer and Manganiello more. Bomer is part of what really could have been an interesting scene when he and Pettyfer are both on Ecstacy and about to participate in a foursome. They tell each other they love each other but it’s not known if anything physical happens between the two in their drugged state because the scene ends abruptly.

So in the end, it’s a really pretty film to look, moves along quickly enough, but don’t expect to feel anything.

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6 Remarks

  1. June 29th, 2012 at 5:05 am
    RichB in PS says:

    if it’s just criminal to not use Bomer and Manganiello more…what about Adam Rodriguez [CSI] and Kevin Nash [??]?

  2. June 29th, 2012 at 7:34 am
    RichB in PS says:

    “Your ‘boyriend’ may be inadequate” – not mine!

  3. Yep, Graig. Totally agree with you about this movie. Totally BORING… I will give the DVD as stocking stuffers to straight people I don’t like.

  4. I was curious if there is a gay angle. Are there any gay characters? Im not surprised that the film is lacking. I was kind of expecting it, the way that it has been sold to the public. It should still do okay at the box office.

  5. June 29th, 2012 at 6:12 pm
    skypainter says:

    Hi Greg, Love your posts!
    All this stripper talk has me wondering about a TV show from the 80′s that featured the Chippendale Dancers. I think it was called the Shape of Things to Come? Do you remember if? Would love to see clips from that show!

  6. Didn’t expect much. Worse than I expected. Cliche. Predictable. Didn’t know what decade it wanted to be in. Bomer completely underused. Bored. Nothing at all gay or for the gays except a couple of butt shots. Few shots will like to see in slow mo of guys in speedos from side angles, but that’s it!

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