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Set in the world of male strippers, Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Channing Tatum in a story inspired by his real life. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer ... read more read more...called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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R, 1 hr. 50 min.

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Release Date: June 29, 2012

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DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012

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  • April 17, 2014
    At first, the movie was so slow that I thought it wasn't about what I expected it to be about. ...Then, it was. Good story, but not portrayed as effectively as Boogie Nights with Mark Whalberg. Watch Boogie Nights instead for better drama with the same story.
  • September 6, 2013
    Except the bravery concept of making this movie and having such a wonderful cast, 'Magic Mike' for me is just a decent entertainment movie that quickly be forgotten from your mind after you finished watching it.. Maybe while the strippers show the audiences their performances, we... read more'll be dazzled for awhile but there is no special move that will mark in the audiences minds.. One good thing is Matthew McConaughey's performance who we always underrated before because his movie always stereotypical which is comedy romance.. Overall, it was a decent watch..
  • September 1, 2013
    Classic Sodebergh dialog. The pacing is a bit odd, but so is reality, and I think that's basically the point. Despite Mathhew Moconaghey(sp.) having a large role in the film, I enjoyed it.
  • April 8, 2013
    It is all that could be expected by a film like this! Just like the subject matter - cheesy and questionable! lol
  • March 29, 2013
    After all the hype and the derision from my friends, I finally saw Steven Soderbergh's male stripper opus Magic Mike, and it does not pain me to say, as a red-blooded heterosexual male, that I found it mostly enjoyable. I understand the detractors, many of whom were let down by t... read morehe relentless, frothing hype generating the film's box-office success. The characters are fairly shallow, and almost all of the supporting players are one-dimensional; many of the male strippers only have their abs and a name to work with as far as characterization. There's also the general absurd nature of the world of male stripping, where women are whipped into a frenzy and men almost comically gyrate atop them, or in some instances, literally pick them in the air to swing their junk into. The last act also rushes all sorts of storylines: the rookie's fall from grace, Mike (Channing Tatum) coming to the realization to leave the business, a hastily thrown together romance. With all that said, I was always interested in just watching the ins and outs of this profession put on screen. And when the plot falters, there are always the impossible charms of Tatum to bring me back. Matthew McConaughey is also fascinating to watch as a mixture of showman, zen artist, and sexual being. I even found the dance/stripping sequences to be worthwhile as few insights into the various characters. While being less than magical, Magic Mike's shortcomings don't take away from what it has to offer. That may be the most unintended inuenduous statement I've ever written for a film review.

    Nate's Grade: B-
  • February 5, 2013
    One of the more highly anticipated and female friendly films that came out last summer, "Magic Mike" is overall a fluffy story about a male stripper going through the hardships of his profession while trying to escape it. The story is supposedly based on the former life of Channi... read moreng Tatum, who worked as a stripper before making it big. The film of course has the gratuitous male nudity, sexual humor, and mantastic specimens to ooze over, but it also tries to be more than it is by showing some of the realities of working as a male stripper. Only Soderbergh could possibly make this look and feel like a serious film, as he's worked in both contemporary indies and big budget studio projects. Though these are the same themes as we've seen for many female protagonists in past films, and we know the inevitable end to the story, it's still thrilling. Besides trying to branch out from stripping, finally following his dream of making custom furniture, and finding someone who doesn't mind his profession or lurid past, we also get a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of this world. Alex Pettyfer puts in a great performance as Adam, a going nowhere young man who has a lack of ambition but a taste for a life of drugs, women, and a propensity to move up in this world. He is taken into the life thanks to Mike, who tries to watch out for him. Lending to the glamour of this life are the amazing performances from the men involved in this. Seriously, there were some bulked up, dance crazy, manly men on that stage, and though many of them never spoke in the film, their presence was appreciated. Matthew McConaughey puts in the most serious and impressive performance of his career thus far as the strip club owner and emcee, trapping Mike into his pitiful role as underling while promising a chance to start over. The love story between Mike and his protégé's sister was obvious, and the ending was flippant, but we get to see Mike's resurrection towards morality, I suppose. You wonder where Adam falls into the mix at the end as well, but he is unlikable to the extent where he could die and I wouldn't care. Gratuitous and lively, it is a good, easy watch, without the moral entanglements for the viewer.
  • February 4, 2013
    Inspired by his own life story, Channing Tatum stars as the title character: an entrepreneur who works a series of various jobs by day, and lights up his nights as the star at a prosperous Tampa strip club.

    That this is directed by Steven Soderbergh is probably the best aspect o... read moref it. I mean honestly, who else could take a fluffy story about male strippers and turn it into something with a fair amount of meat on its bones? Sure, the broad strokes of this movie, namely Mike taking a young upstart under his wing, and Mike having dreams and ambitions beyond stripping are nothing new, but Soderbergh provides a highly entertaining, likable, and energetic variation on these themes.

    And yes, while the film does have a number of scenes that will make the ladies (and gay men) go wild, this isn't a sleazy romp like Showgirls. It's got actual plot and characters, and is about something. Plus, it is a very nice 'workplace' film as well.

    The film is quite well cast. Tatum plays the mentor role to Alex Pettyfer's protege, which is basically a fictionalized version of Tatum himself (to a degree). CT is charismatic, charming, and quite convincing. Pettyfer is good as Alex, and brings a good amount of naivete as the upstart who struggles to handle success. Then we've got Matthew McConaughey delivering a terrific performance in a role he was seemingly born for: that of Dallas, the narcissistic, smarmy owner of Club Xquisite- and Mike's boss. He's great here, and this is another notch in his belt of great performances that prove he really is a talent. Cody Horn is also good as Brooke- Alex's sister and potential love interest for Mike, one who isn't thrilled about her brother's new career choice, and urges Mike to keep an eye on him. Olivia Munn is also okay as Mike's on-again off-again lover Joanna. We also get appearances from Joe Manganiello and Kevin Nash as fellow strippers Big Dick Richie and Tarzan, respectively. They have a couple of good moments, but I think they could have been given a little more.

    The film has Soderbergh's trademark style, energy, and vision all over it, with some strong cinematography, great choreographed sequences, and some sharp editing. Bottom line: it's a fun and breezy affair, but not without a touch of heart and depth.

    Give this a look, it's quite good.
  • November 29, 2012
    I like Steven Soderbergh's deconstructed style of film making but I don't think it'll ever lead to anything greater than mediocre/good. Magic Mike is a good drama, not the good comedy it was advertised as but I still enjoyed it, it was just nothing special. It's a shame really as... read more it was a unique un-Hollywood story that could and should of had more impact.
  • November 8, 2012
    Work all day. Work it all night.

    Good movie! First let's get the nude issue out of the way. There is only one full frontal in the movie it's off to the side, is partially blocked and is probably faked. It's also very funny. There's mostly butt shots only but all are from Tatum,... read more Pettyfer and Adam Rodriguez. This movie is not about the nudity. The movie moves slow (although I was never bored) and main events happen off screen or are never explained! Still the movie works. For one thing all the acting is good. I was surprised at how good Tatum was. I never thought he could act till this. He captures his character perfectly. Pettyfer was equally good as Adam. Even Matthew McConaughey was good as the group's owner named Dallas. The strip acts themselves are incredible. All the guys are in good shape and Tatum shows some moves that are jaw-dropping! However they're not shot in an exploited fashion. They're done in a matter of fact way that actually makes them seem quite funny. This movie shows us nothing new but it was well-made and entertaining. This is not just for women and gay men, I think everyone would enjoy it.

    Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
  • October 28, 2012
    "Lets not pretend that most went to see this movie in the theatre or rented it for the story-line. I know I didn't LOL. But the story did end up being more interesting then what was going down on the stage. Well, until Channing or Bomer or Manganiello took the stage. I can't help... read more myself LOL.
    Anyways. I wasn't too impressed. I thought for a stripper flick you might want to get some people who can actually dance and not just look good with their shirt/pants off. I mean that wrestler dude, Kevin Nash, had no business being on that stage. I cringed everytime I saw him. The only ones who could actually dance were the ones I mentioned earlier.
    Now about the story. It was interesting enough. To see how a kid who had a bright future with college ball strayed and went a whole new direction with his life. Then to see the opposite of it for another wanting more then some dollar bills in his G-string at the end of the night. I enjoyed the movie. Not something I would probably see again though. Well....maybe.. lol."

Critic Reviews

Richard Brody
July 2, 2012
Richard Brody, New Yorker

Soderbergh has created a spicy yet lucid, surgingly high-energy yet smartly modernistic musical. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
June 30, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Tatum, whose talents have been the subject of debate, also makes Mike genuinely affecting, not to mention articulate within the bounds of a sketchy script. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
June 29, 2012
Eric D. Snider,

Does a better job of mixing Chippendales-style guilty pleasures with reality-based cautionary tales than you might expect. Full Review

Ben Sachs
June 29, 2012
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

The dance numbers, choreographed by Allison Faulk, are inventive and athletic, but not really erotic; Soderbergh never lets you forget that, for these men, dancing is above all a job. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
June 29, 2012
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Magic Mike has a conventional structure, yet a teasing question percolates beneath: If selling yourself is as much fun as this movie makes it look, what could be wrong with it? Full Review

Stephen Whitty
June 29, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

If you're looking for a romance with 100 percent prime beefcake? Get your singles out and ready, ladies. "Magic Mike" is in the house. Full Review

James Adams
June 29, 2012
James Adams, Globe and Mail

Soderbergh's direction - he's also the cinematographer - is largely loose-limbed, the film enlivened with bravura moments, including a decidedly spacey, eye-twisting orgy scene near the end. Full Review

Tom Long
June 29, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

What Soderbergh and producer/star Tatum are shooting for here is a portrait of a subculture, and that portrait crackles with energy. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
June 29, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

It's one of the year's best surprises, and so is its frequently underrated star. Full Review

Sara Stewart
June 29, 2012
Sara Stewart, New York Post

Steven Soderbergh's breezy dramedy serves up something for every taste. Full Review

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    • Magic Mike: Oh, you don't wanna know what I have to do for twenties.
    • Dallas: The law says you cannot touch, but I see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house.
    • Magic Mike: Are we fighting? Is this our first fight?
    • Paige: Entrepreneur/stripper? Stripper/entrepreneur?
    • Magic Mike: Either one.
    • Paige: I was hoping this was all a joke.
    • Magic Mike: It is pretty funny.
    • Magic Mike: Distressed? [slams huge wad of cash on bank clerk's desk] Does THIS look like distressed?
    • Dallas: You are the husband they've never had, you are the dream guy they've never came along.

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