Magic Mike XXL

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Magic Mike XXL

Channing Tatum’s male-stripper movie franchise still has some magic.

Male strippers – those baby-oiled studs the colour of over-brewed tea with buttocks waxed smooth like two Granny Smiths in clingfilm – are so lame that no ’80s revival can give them a comeback. The miracle of Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 film ‘Magic Mike’ was how un-naff it was. Based on star Channing Tatum’s own experiences as a teenage stripper, it even had one bronzed pec in the real world.

For the sequel, Tatum is once again the main attraction. He’s back with his Oscar-worthy dry hump (his acting’s not bad either) for this less improvised, borderline cheesy but still very fun sequel. Set three years later, Tatum’s Mike is now working as a furniture-maker who can’t resist the call of the wild to go back for one last blow-out performance at a stripper convention.

What follows is a road movie as Mike and his stripping troupe head to Florida, bickering over who lost the fake tan. There’s a terrific scene where they storm the dancefloor at a gay club (the joke being that the leg-shaving beauty rituals of the stripper and drag queen are basically identical).

Missing – and missed – are Matthew McConaughey as snake-hipped strip club owner Dallas and director Soderbergh, who gave the original its lived-in feel. (Soderbergh is officially retired from directing; he’s credited here as cinematographer and editor). So while the first film had a pet pig eating sick off the floor after an epic party, ‘XXL’ has a bumper selection of crotch-in-face grind. Honestly, this is the closest Channing Tatum will ever get to making a porn film. 

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday July 3 2015
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Gregory Jacobs
Screenwriter: Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum
Cast: Channing Tatum
Elizabeth Banks
Amber Heard

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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I think the original was better. It was an easy watch, the plot is almost non-existent, but the fuel stop scene is pretty amusing. It proved good background noise while working on the plane :)


Are you someone who likes to see gorgeous men with ripped bodies writhing about? Then this film is for you! The plot is weak but you aren't going to see this for masterful scripting - it delivers exactly what you expect, and may leave you in a state of arousal for days (I've surveyed several women about this and it wasn't just me!)

For pure eye candy pleasure and fun, I'm giving this film 4 stars!!