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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

FIT­TINGLY, for a film about the fine art of chore­ographed clothes re­moval, Magic Mike is a work of lay­ers.

Those who fall for its mis- mar­keted pitch as an Amer­i­can re- tool­ing of The Full Monty will be per­fectly happy with what they see. ( And also, al­most see.)

Plenty of min­utes are chewed up by chun­ked- up hunks cheer­ily peel­ing off their gar­ments with ge­nial gusto.

So if you’ve an eye for the guy candy, you can hap­pily go the gorge on Magic Mike.

How­ever, if you’re pre­pared to go a lit­tle deeper, the real movie that is Magic Mike en­gages and fas­ci­nates be­yond a strictly phys­i­cal re­ac­tion.

In fact, I’d go as far as to say this is one of the most soul­ful and un­af­fected main­stream Amer­i­can dra­mas I’ve clocked in a long, long time.

That’s right. When the chips are down and the pants stay up Magic Mike is in­deed a film that should and must be taken se­ri­ously. And it is be­ing taken se­ri­ously that is the goal of the ti­tle char­ac­ter ( played flaw­lessly by Chan­ning Ta­tum).

Though not quite a sea­soned vet­eran of the strip­ping biz, Mike has been tak­ing it off and rak­ing it in long enough to know his use- by date is get­ting nearer.

If he’s still shak­ing his mon­ey­maker for the ladies of Florida once he is 30, Mike is doomed to end up just like his boss.

Dal­las ( Matthew McConaughey) runs Xquisite, the Tampa club where Mike is the star at­trac­tion, and is one of those beenthere- done- that dudes who does ev­ery­thing with the great­est of sleaze. Mike knows he wants out but the tricky part is turn­ing his back on all that easy money.

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