Magic Mike

Magic Mike

Steven Soderbergh (2012)

105min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
There's a lot more than banana hammocks and vigorous thrusting to Steven Soderbergh's surprisingly sweet-natured tale of Florida male strippers, though there is more than enough of both to satisfy its obvious target audience of women and gay men. Adam (Alex Pettyfer) is a naive 19-year-old introduced to the steamy world of stripping by superstar Mike (Channing Tatum). But while Adam sees glamour, money, women and the very definition of a good time, 30-something Mike recognises the shallowness of this baby-oil drenched burlesque, and, aided by Adam's sister Brooke (a wonderfully understated Cody Horn), begins to reassess his life. Magic Mike is beautifully shot and skilfully acted, and Tatum, in a genuinely star-making role, reveals not only glutes smooth enough to make your average baby green with envy but also an almost irresistible screen charm. Dramatically, however, the film is a little underpowered: apart from a somewhat lackadaisical foray into a Boogie Nights-style drug deal gone awry, not much of any interest actually happens, and there's no sense of the real sleaze that might well accompany a career in disrobing. Like its pneumatic performers, Magic Mike is a movie that doesn't seem willing to go all the way.

Summary

A male stripper who is the star attraction in a nightclub teaches a talented young dancer the tricks of the trade, while also introducing him to his hedonistic world. The veteran performer falls for his protege's sister, but finds his wild lifestyle comes between them. Steven Soderbergh's comedy drama, with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Alex Pettyfer.

Cast & Crew

Magic Mike Channing Tatum
Dallas Matthew McConaughey
Joanna Olivia Munn
Adam Alex Pettyfer
Sal James Martin Kelly
Brooke Cody Horn
Paul Reid Carolin
Portia Micaela Johnson
Director Steven Soderbergh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Jul 2012
Drama Comedy