Magic Mike

Posted Jul 3 2012, 8:00 am in , , , , , ,


Twitter was all abuzz last Friday when this movie opened. To tell the truth, the only reason I knew about the movie was because of Twitter. Over the last few months, many people posted links to trailers. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had a clue because I don’t often get to see grown-up movies that might have shown the trailer for this.

The more trailers and promotion I saw, the more interested I became in seeing the movie. I never thought it would be some great film that would stick with me for a lifetime. It just looked like a whole hell of a lot of fun. I mean, really, half-naked men dancing? Who needs plot and dialogue?

Anyway, I figured this would be a movie that I would have to wait until DVD to see, but as luck would have it, my husband got tickets to an arena football game and promised to take the girls and my son spent the night at a friend’s house. Go figure. I was able to make plans with my best friend to see the movie.

We went to a 5 o’clock show, which was a good plan because the 7:30 show had a line of women waiting to get in. The movie was pretty much what I expected it to be. It tried hard to have a plot. It really did. This could’ve been a kickass contemporary romance if a little more effort was put in. Basically, Mike is a stripper (among other things) who is trying to get enough money together to start a furniture business. He starts to fall in love with a friend’s sster, who won’t take him seriously because he’s a stripper.

Things get a little crazy with a drug sub-plot that doesn’t really go anywhere, but that wasn’t the worst of it. The acting by the women in this movie was ridiculous. Mike has a fuck-buddy Joanna and I dreaded every scene with her because not only was the character not realistic or believable, but she was unlikeable. Brooke, the sister, is only marginally better. 

I liked the movie. The dancing is great and watching Channing Tatum in a tool belt or fatigues is worth the price of admission. And the supporting male staff was plenty hot too 🙂

This movie has been talked about everywhere, mostly, I think, because it’s geared toward women. Women are not supposed to be interested in such things (as my son so aptly pointed out – “you’re my mom!”). But we obviously are — look at the sale of romance novels. 

Lucky for me, as I prepared to write this post, The Romance Man posted a review of his own. Talk about a great guy — he went with his wife to see this movie. If you want to get a man’s take on Magic Mike click over. His review is way funnier than mine 😛

Have you seen Magic Mike? What did you think?



10 responses to “Magic Mike”

  1. Kate Meader says:

    Ooh, I so want to see it but I don’t think my guy would be as open as RM. Tatum doesn’t really do it for me but some of the other hotties definitely look worth it. Disappointed that the (lack of) plot is a fail but hey, who cares about plot when the man candy store is open?

    • Tatum never occurred to me as a hottie until I saw him with his shirt off. Plus, the boy can dance. The rest of the buys, while hot, did not get nearly enough screen tims

  2. To show you how out of it I am, I only realized two weeks ago that the movie wasn’t about superheroes. I don’t know why I thought it was, but…yeah. Clearly I am not aching to see it, probably because I get to see only one or two grownup movies a year, and this one doesn’t seem worthy of a slot.

    • No, not really worthy of a precious slot for an adult movie (I know how that goes) but since I haven’t been to see a movie with my best friend in many, many years, this one seemed appropriate. It’s definitely a girls night out movie.

  3. I actually was so disappointed in this movie, I also blogged about it. In a nutshut, I felt like we were promised a fun, good time and ended up with the sleazy guy at the bar everyone’s trying to avoid. The dancing was hot, but they showed most of it in the trailers anyway. Two thumbs down for me.

    • I hear you on the sleazy guy, but I think that was because so much time was spent on Adam. If they cut him out of the movie and introduced the love interest a different way, it would’ve been a much better movie. Mike didn’t feel sleazy to me. I think he was portrayed like a real guy, though, and not a romance hero, that’s for sure.

  4. Tina Moss says:

    Channing Tatum in a tool belt and half-naked? Whoa is me. I suppose I’ll have to make the effort and see the film. 😀

  5. asraidevin says:

    From what I’ve read it’s not a chick flick at all. It’s a guy flick but it’s billed as a chick flick.

    I was reading up on it yesterday and it’s based on Channing Tatum’s days as a stripper, which explains his ability to dance.

    I wanted to see it until i saw the reviews and it looks more and more like a pass.

    • I think it’s billed as a chick flick simply because the men spend so much time naked. I wouldn’t call it a guy flick, though because it’s not a buddy movie really (not funny enough). I think if the plot had been better developed, it could’ve been a good chick flick. The dance numbers are really good, though.