Viewers with a taste for beefcake will find six packs and buns of steel aplenty in Magic Mike, a comedy drama set in the world of male stripping.
Very loosely inspired by star Channing Tatum’s brief teenage career as an exotic dancer, the film kicks off with Tatum’s thirtysomething veteran stripper ‘Magic’ Mike getting 19-year-old drop-out Adam (Alex Pettyfer) a job at the Tampa Bay strip club run by Matthew McConaughey’s sleazy showman Dallas.
Adam enthusiastically plunges into his hedonistic new lifestyle, much to the disapproval of his upright sister Brooke (Cody Horn), whereas the increasingly jaded Mike longs to cast off his g-strings for good.
Director Steven Soderbergh gives the stripping scenes a raucous razzle-dazzle, but the dramatic stuff in between is meandering and dull. Once the cast have whipped off their trousers there’s nothing very substantial underneath.
Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Lionsgate UK on Monday 26th November.
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