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Magic Mike

Posted by jesskroll on October 19, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Magic Mike, 2012

2 / 5

I am secure enough as a heterosexual male to watch Soderbergh’s male stripper movie, open-minded enough to try to appreciate it as art and honest enough to say, as with subject, I am perhaps not in the film’s target audience. The focus is on Channing Tatum, who proves again that he’s unlikely to take first place in a Channing Tatum impersonation contest, leaving the rest of the cast to pick up the considerable heft which remains. While there are a handful of lively exchanges, and a few token stabs at the state of the American dream, aligning Magic Mike with Soderbergh’s other economics of flesh film The Girlfriend Experience, the characters lack any pull and the story inevitably spirals into a series of wild life clichés so dull that even Soderbergh’s gift for composition and artful lens flares can’t make it any more than tedious. But then perhaps I am not the target audience.

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