I went to the ‘Girls Night’ at the cinema with a few Channing Tatum loving girlfriends, complimentary champagne and chocolates and promotional topless men walking around taking photos. Watching Magic Mike XXL in a room full of squealing, aroused women was probably the best atmosphere to see it. And probably the only situation where it’s socially acceptable to watch soft-porn in public.
I found this to be an entertaining film that’s more comedic than the first. It’s very light hearted – there is no substance, plot or thinking involved – but it gave me a laugh and a multiple open-mouthed gawks at the beautiful bodies of the actors. The group wanted to perform a different routine than the typical, cliché firemen stripper personas and that they sure did! The stripping scenes offered a bit more creativity than the first movie.
My friend made a good point; the genre was confusing. She wanted a comedic, sexy strip film and found the indie-type storyline of Mike pursuing his passion in woodwork to be out of place.
The film has been praised for casting a few plus sized women. These women in the film were the ones that were singled out in the strip show and danced on; making it comedic how ecstatically swooning the women are. I do appreciate when any film/show cast a diversity of people; however it does make me cringe when plus size women are only cast for the comical roles. I think it’s time plus sized women were considered for a more serious character.
But overall, it’s something worth watching with a few drinks and some fun-loving girlfriends. I felt that we all shared a mutually satisfying experience.
(I included a lot of photos in this post intentionally, you’re welcome.)
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Film Rating: MA 15+
Written by: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Amber Heard
Stars: 3 out of 5