Magic Mike

Rated R, 110 mins
Comedy drama
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Steven Soderbergh seems to have modeled this crowd-pleasing tale about male strippers in Tampa on such gritty 1970s comedies as Bob Rafelson's Stay Hungry and Michael Ritchie's The Bad News Bears, whose broad comedy was undercut by an unsentimental view of economic recession. The primary characters here are a vain up-and-coming stripper (Alex Pettyfer) who sleeps on his sister's couch because he can't afford his own place, a bourgeoning entrepreneur (Channing Tatum) who manages three separate businesses when he isn't stripping, and a seemingly dimwitted emcee (Matthew McConaughey, often hilarious) who turns out to be a shrewd accountant. 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.
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Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin
Cast: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, James Martin Kelly, Reid Carolin, George Sack, Micaela Johnson and Denise Vasi

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Re: “Stripping Steven Soderbergh

Thanks for the insightful article on Soderbergh and his methods. I think that's partly why his films are not emotionally accessible to me at all. I find him always trying to keep me (I can only relate to my own experience) out. I never found the striptease sequences warm. With all the women cheering on, I actually felt the sequences lethargic and dull. I know he's trying to tell us that this is work for them. But I find him stuck between making a really fun and trashy candy-cane film for the audience and a gritty expose on the striptease business. Mcconaughey's performance was good, but it was very one-note after a while. Yes, he's a ruthless businessman in a stripper/whatever's clothing. That's not 3-dimensional enough for me. There's no doubting that Soderbergh's one of the technically accomplished directors, but I find his script lacking in terms of characters and plot.

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Posted by Kunal Moorjani on 07/13/2012 at 2:52 PM
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Beautifully made, wonderfully acted, but why? The plot is silly when it isn't staid, and none of the characters is plausible. The most magical thing about Mike is how little sleep he needs working four jobs, including construction work and dancing; the second most magical is how he affords a two-story condo on the beach in Tampa doing blue-collar work. I believed in Mike as a person, found him lifelike and human, but I was utterly unable to believe his lifestyle, or that of anyone else in the picture, which inhibits my ability to care: people this superhuman aren't going to get into real trouble. It's not magical enough to work as a fantasy, but it's too fantastic to be involving. There's nothing really bad about this movie, but the only reasons to watch it are to watch Channing Tatum act, Steven Soderbergh direct, and Matt McConaughey pose: it fails the Siskel Test, not by being boring, but by making us feel that this crew could make a better movie out of almost anything.

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Posted by Spockahontas on 08/25/2013 at 10:38 PM
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