Runtime: 1 HR, 46 MIN
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Reid Carolin
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Oliva Munn, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, and Matthew McConaughey
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike is a semi-autobiographical account of Channing Tatum’s experiences as a stripper before he became an actor. What starts out as a mildly entertaining film about male strippers quickly develops into a vain attempt to make the Soderbergh’s version of Boogie Nights. Several characters OD throughout the film; this is ironic considering how often the film itself ODs on introspective looks of sadness. Tatum impressed me in 21 Jump Street but the clichéd script coupled with his natural tendency to give a wooden performance makes his portrayal of Mike anything but magical. Speaking of wooden performances, Cody Horn (daughter of WB CEO XXX Horn) must be a recent graduate of Kristen Stewart’s School of Acting. I don’t want to say that her Dad got her the job but… he got her the job. Magic Mike could have been a lot of fun in a Showgirls kind of way but instead falls flat aside from the somewhat amusing strip sequences.