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….