Magic Mike only slightly magical

Went to see Magic Mike on the weekend because I wanted to see how accurate it was when it came to the stripping industry. And to see as much of Channing Tatum as I could. 🙂 I was not disappointed. Well I was a little. No male frontal nudity. When is Hollywood going to even things up and give us as much male nudity as there is female nudity?

Was it great? No. Was it as bad as some people said it was? No. And you know who you are. At it’s heart it had a decent story if you’re open minded enough to look that far. And if the back drop hadn’t been male stripping I think a lot more people, guys included, would have liked it.

It’s been a long time since I worked in a strip joint (as a bartender) or been to a strip joint to see men strut their stuff. They got the lifestyle pretty accurate from what I remember. The club in Magic Mike was a bit too bright. And where were the table dances? Where were the shooter boys? Where were the regulars? Where were the women with bills stuffed in their cleavage for the strippers to retrieve with their teeth? Now that I think about it maybe it’s a good thing that wasn’t in there. Money is filthy.

I found it unbelievable that he had only saved 13K in six years. Even if he spent a lot of his money on his truck and his beach house and general partying he would have been able to save a lot more than that in 6 years. Or maybe it’s different in the U.S. In Canada we don’t have dollar bills anymore so we stuff five and ten dollar bills down their G-strings. Dancers here have been known to take home $400 + a night in tips. But The Kid said he made $230 one night. Being the new kid you’d think the others would do better than that. So figuring at least $600 a week, in cash, under the table, that’s over 2K a month. Plus Mike had his day job. And the cut of the door money.

What I wanted more of was the story. I thought there was too much stripping and not enough outside the club “stuff”. I didn’t believe the development of the relationship between Mike and Brooke. I wanted more of the relationships between the characters. More of Mike’s feelings when he saw Joanna in the restaurant. More of the stuff underneath the surface. Strippers are not their jobs. They have lives outside the club. I wanted more of that.

I read on TMZ that Channing’s ex stripper friends were angry because he “stole their moves” and put them in the film. I’ve got news for them. Almost all strippers have the same moves. I’ve seen those moves many times before I ever saw Magic Mike.

Overall I’d give it a 6 out of 10. And I hear there’s going to be a prequel.

Until next time….


5 thoughts on “Magic Mike only slightly magical

  1. dehelen

    Cindy, I’m so glad you did this review. I don’t expect to ever see this film, but reading your review made me curious about things I’ve never heard of: what are shooter boys? If you want full frontal male nudity, watch 6 seasons of Oz from HBO. Holy Cow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more anywhere. Eventually, I became desensitized. I think there should be equal male and female nudity in media though. Just like I believe in equality everywhere. Anyway, thanks for a balanced and objective review.

    1. Cindy

      Thanks! Shooter boys (and shooter girls) are people who walk around the bar selling shooters. Quick shots of alcohol. My favourite shooter was a Bazooka Joe. It was creamy blue in colour but tasted like bubblegum.

      Oh I’d heard that about Oz though I didn’t know what season. Maybe I should buy it. 🙂

      Yes, I think it should be way more balanced than it is.

  2. Donnell

    Hey, Cindy, thanks for the excellent review. I’ve been wanting to see this 🙂 purely from an asthetics viewpoint you understand 😈

  3. Mary Marvella

    Good review! I’ll see it when a friend insists I go with her or rents it. Not big on movies these days, but I do love Matt and the buff guys, though.

  4. Terri McMillan

    Hey Cindy,
    it is so nice to know that I was not the only one wondering where the shooter boys who do body shots were? And some of the other things like getting started at about 11pm, our boys would have been on their second set by that time. I have to it is a very sad truth, male dance routines are kind of like the wheel, they all have a bit of a different spin – but nobody has invented anything new. For me it was a nice walk down memory lane, and makes me appreciate the hero in my story all the more.

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