Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Guy's Guide to Magic Mike

Knowing that I'd eventually have to see it anyway - and being fully aware that I've seen many, many more emasculating films than this - Meaghan and I went to see Magic Mike.

And gentlemen, let me assure you, if your girlfriend asks/voluntells you to see this, you won't be disappointed. I mean, it's directed by Steven Soderbergh, who's brought us such guy-friendly titles as Traffic and Ocean's Eleven.

The film itself isn't great, really. Despite a runtime of nearly two hours, there are actually more than a few parts that seem to have been cut, post-filming. Characters are introduced and depart in the blink of an eye, motives aren't especially clear, and any insight into the secret underground world of strippers that you were hoping to gain - other than the fact that they party and like women - is lacking. And near the end, you almost see way more of Matthew McConaughey than anyone would ever want to.1

Beyond that, though, Kevin Nash is in it (albeit extremely briefly), so the wrestling fans dragged to the movie can mark out to that.

There is also Channing Tatum, who's actually developing a rather decent acting range and seems destined to get more roles beyond the rain-soaked-kiss/COBRA-fighting genres (he is actually showing some decent comic timing, which he also put on display in 21 Jump Street).

Cody Horn is the main female protagonist, and even though Meaghan nearly ruined her for me by comparing her to Sara Sidle2, I could still spend a couple of hours watching her.

And then, about three minutes in, like a Shakespeare play trying to get control of the rabble in the audience before the real stuff gets going, Olivia Munn walks out of the shower topless.3 And the three guys in the theatre immediately stop rolling their eyes and realize that they may, indeed, be in for a good time.

Magic Mike isn't going to win any Oscars, but it's definitely worth seeing, if only for the brownie points and partial nudity.

1 - This is apparently a semi-accurate account of Channing Tatum's stripper past, but was there ever a movie designed specifically for McConaughey? "Matthew, we're going to need you to spend this entire movie without a shirt on. Can you handle this?" "Oh...my...God!"
2 - Who, among the pantheon of horrible CSI characters, stands on the podium along with Horatio Caine and Sheldon Hawkes for their unbridled suckitude
3 - Go ahead, ladies, give me crap. What did you go to see Magic Mike for? The sweeping Tampa scenery?

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