Saucy scenes a long time coming in stripper movie
Magic Mike had much of what the female teens probably craved, except maybe some magic.
But if ripped spare ribs, oily pulsating pecs and trim torsos turn you on, then maybe it is marginally magical.
Channing Tatum is a Sonny Bill look-alike after all.
Having seen and reviewed Tatum’s pioneering Magic Mike in 2012 about a group of male entertainers, as in ‘strippers’, I expected much the same clever dance sequences in this sequel.
As one of only about five males present compared to about 10 times the target gender, I waited for the squeals to match the booming, floor-shaking movie score which I initially mistook for a quake.
There was no shortage of shrieking though from the 900 female audience extras in the movie, dollar bills floating like confetti at the mere shedding of a shirt.
Even that took a while. The first half was the group’s road trip as Mike (Tatum) reunited in Florida with the Kings of Tampa and they
motored interstate on a minibus to a national stripper’s convention at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.
Much of that was spent with the men debating how they could change their act and Mike dropping in on former female acquaintances. The dialogue was no better than the plot.
The surprise was the appearance of the usually demure Andie MacDowell as a gagging southern cougar dropping f-bombs like I have never seen her. .
There is also a cameo from Elizabeth Banks who is starring in the Beach Boys movie, Love& Mercy. Tatum helped produce this one with Steven Soderbergh and Tatum can dance no doubt, but those who revel in lap dancing and bumper-grinding will need to be patient because those treats don’t happen until late.
Channing Tatum and the Kings of Tampa are back for another pelvis-thrusting, g-string plucking strip-tease epic in Magic Mike XXL.