Mike (Channing Tatum) the king of the stripping circuit takes Adam (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing, teaching him the fine art of stripping, partying and having fun. Mike's dream involves getting out of the stripping game and building custom furniture, but will he ever be able to escape the lifestyle around him? Steven Soderbergh should be fucking ashamed of himself cause "Magic Mike" is literally laughably horrible in every way. The story intends for one to care for Mike's character as he witnesses Adam's character fall for the easy, yet fruitless lifestyle, yet you feel nothing for these characters. The relationship between Mike and Brooke, his love interest in the film, is incredibly shallow as is pretty much every dramatic moment of this movie. None of the emotional beats in this movie make much sense, often coming out of nowhere. Matthew McConaughey's Dallas Character and Mike butt heads at one point with no build up whatsoever making the whole thing laughable. The same can be said between Mike and Brooke, whose relationship is meant to be the lynch-pin of the story, yet they have absolutely no chemistry at all. Pretty much every dramatic moment of this film carries no weight cause none of the relationships or dramatic situations are well defined. The main crux of the film, Mike's indecision of his life style is soooo out of left field and towards the end of the film that it just felt laughable, shallowly trying to make the film a cautionary tale. Alex Pettyfer's character serving as the driving catalyst in the story is one note and a terrible performance, as is Cody Horn. I apologize that this review is so scatter-brained and pretty much just ranting but this is putrid film-making. Soderbergh should be ashamed of himself.
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