Saucy scenes a long time com­ing in strip­per movie

The Tribune (NZ) - - BACKYARD BANTER -

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.

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