Holy. Smokes. The time has finally come: Magic Mike hits theaters today! Get me to the movie theater, like, 10 minutes ago. I could use a heavy dose of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, and their ripped abs. Couldn't you?
If you haven't heard, Magic Mike, directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a film set in the world of male strippers. It follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, hitting on women, and making big bucks.
So the big question that women everywhere want to know: Are the half-naked strippertastic scenes as good as the trailers make them out to be? See what the critics have to say in their Magic Mike reviews, here:
Christy Lemire, Associated Press:
The dance numbers themselves exude masculine, muscular heat -- how could they not with guys like Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, and Joe Manganiello strutting on stage in barely-there costumes?
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News:
The carefully choreographed show scenes make clear that Soderbergh is interested in the work itself. And he deftly captures the vibe of a club that runs on screaming women and preening boy toys.
Ian Buckwalter, NPR:
Never fear: If you came for a feast of flesh, you'll get more than your money's worth -- within the first few minutes, even.
Ty Burr, The Boston Globe:
Magic Mike is so much better than it needs to be that it’s sick. Yes, it’s the Channing Tatum male stripper movie; yes, it shamelessly exploits defenseless hunks for their rippling pecs and tearaway pants ... This is ladies’ night at the multiplex.
Steven James Snyder, Time:
Rarely do you see an actor harness such physical energy on the screen, much less dance at this level of intensity while converting raw muscle mass into raging sex appeal. But Tatum is the real McCoy, oozing charisma here as a one-man firestorm ... before erupting into a blur of breakdancing, groin thrusts, and flying clothing.
Well this pretty much sounds like the most epic film of 2012 so far. OK, maybe 2011, too. I'd much rather head to the movies for a midday matinee and pay $10 to see some cuties than head to a strip club with a three-drink minimum. Not that I've ever been to a strip club ... or anything.
Take a pleasurable look at the Magic Mike trailer, here:
Are you going to see Magic Mike?
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