Magic Mike XXL- My Review

2 buckets of popcorn

My Rating: 2 Buckets of Popcorn- Good Movie Worth Seeing…

Channing Tatum returns to the big screen in the second installment of his Magic Mike movies, edited by Stephen Soderberg and also starring Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodríguez, Gabriel Iglesias,

Cast of Magic Mike XXL, missing is Twitch from Ellen’s show

as well as former football player and talkshow host, Michael Strahan and Twitch, Ellen’s DJ and past winner of “So You Think You Can Dance”!

Yeah, that’s right! There’s some men of color in the cast this time, as well as Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays a former love interest of Magic Mike’s. This sequel to the original Magic Mike picks up the story 3 years after the end of the last movie and Mike has left the stripper gang and is busy building and selling his line of custom furniture he had started making in the first movie. Struggling to make his small business successful, an awesome dance sequence, you can see in the teaser trailer below, whets his appetite to return to the stage for the thrill and adoration of the women he entertains after being contacted by the team and informed that Dallas has passed on and going to them to mourn the passing of his friend and mentor. He gets drawn back into the troupe who is on their way to a strippers convention in Myrtle Beach before they hang up their G-strings to go out in a blaze of glory!

As they make their way from Tampa to Myrtle Beach, along the way they add Rome, the manager of a male stripper’s club and some of her performers to the King’s team.

Channing Gabriel

Channing Tatum and Gabriel Rodriguez clowning around on Magic Mike XXL

The group are traveling in a fro-yo food truck driven by Tito played by Adam Rodriguez who played the drug dealer in the first movie, until he gets distracted and winds up in the hospital.

This movie is more lighthearted than the original one, taking itself a little less seriously, briefly exploring why the guys enjoy doing what they do, but in the end, it’s all about the dancing and entertaining the audience.

The one comment that I would make, as a gay male who obviously went to see the male stripper movie with high hopes and expectations: I’ve never seen a bunch of strippers KEEP SO MANY CLOTHES ON!! There’s not really that much stripping beyond seeing an abundance of well developed ABS, until the end of the movie. They’re the most modest bunch of male strippers EVER! There’s one naked butt shot, but it’s not Channing Tatum’s chiseled ass this time, like we saw in the first “Magic Mike”. This time it is Sofia Vergara’s boyfriend, Joe Manganiello that goes bare butt! But fans of “TRUE BLOOD” have seen it many times before, so it’s nothing new.

Magic Mike Gif

Magic Mike XXL takes the prize for having the most ABS on stage at once!

If you’re looking for a fun movie to just sit back and enjoy the eye candy without thinking too much about the plot or having to keep up with what’s going on, Magic Mike XXL is the perfect movie for you!

About Carlin

Opinionated Computer Technician, former Pastry Chef, Realtor, and jack of many trades- master of a few. Avid movie goer who attends advance screenings to give his opinion on upcoming movies. Happily divorced father of two daughters and grandson. A small town guy living in the big city of New York.
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