Magic Mike

 
Cheerful stripper comedy is too sexy, mature for kids.
  • Review Date: June 27, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

For a movie about strippers, there are plenty of messages about the nature of unconditional friendship and ambition, the importance of family, and the difference between who you are what you do for a living.

Positive role models

Despite his flaws, Mike looks out for his friends, works hard, and tries his best to make the most of his situation. He's also selfless and willing to bail out Adam, even though Adam definitely doesn't "deserve" the sacrifice. All of the Xquisite strippers are brotherly toward each other and help each other out when necessary. Brooke is the voice of reason who tries to convince Adam to get a normal day job and encourages Mike to take a close look at his dreams and whether he's actually going to achieve them by being a stripper.

Violence

A drug dealer's two henchmen ransack Mike's house and rough him up a bit. There's a disturbing scene when a guy looks like he might be dead (but he's just unconscious).

Sex

Many scenes of nearly naked men performing stripteases. Most of the strip routines involve the men shedding down to a thong that shows off their butt and cups their penis. Several sex scenes feature topless women and men naked from behind. In one brief scene, part of a penis is shown in the foreground being "pumped" under the table before the character hits the stage (full "side" nudity rather than full "frontal," basically).

Language

Constant swearing -- the word "f--k" and its derivatives are used in nearly every scene. Strong language also includes "motherf--ker," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "p---y," "d--k," "c--k," "crap," "t-ts," "ass," "hell," "douche," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

Consumerism

Two Ford F-150 trucks and a Honda Accord are in several scenes, and in a couple of shots, brands like Pella Windows, Waffle House, and Cadillac are briefly glimpsed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The strippers do a lot of drinking -- both to attract new customers and to have fun. All of the characters are over 21 except for Adam, who's 19. They drink cocktails, beer, and hard liquor and take (and sell) pills of Ecstasy and drink G (liquid Ecstasy). The underage character nearly has an overdose and is found passed out in a pool of his own vomit.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Magic Mike is an ensemble drama about a group of male strippers (played by Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, among others), so there's a great deal of nudity. Although there's no complete "full monty," every dance sequence includes the guys stripping down to tiny thongs that show their butts and highlight their genitals. In one scene, a penis is briefly pumped before a man goes on stage, and several sex scenes feature topless women. Language is also quite strong, with "f--k" used in almost every scene. There's also lots of drinking and some drug use; an underage character nearly dies from an overdose. And two henchmen rough up someone they're trying to intimidate. Bottom line? The amount of nudity, language, and substance use make this drama too mature for anyone under 17.

What's the story?

Based on his own pre-Hollywood experiences as a male exotic dancer, Channing Tatum stars as the titular Magic Mike, a Tampa-area roofer, car detailer, and furniture maker by day and stripper by night. After meeting 19-year-old Adam (Alex Pettyfer) on a construction job, Mike brings "The Kid" along to the Xquisite Male Revue, where he's the star performer. At Mike's urging, the owner, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), invites Adam to join the crew, which also includes veteran strippers Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Ken (Matt Bomer), and Tarzan (Kevin Nash). Although Adam starts raking in the cash, his older sister, Brooke (Cody Horn), is skeptical about the gig and his new friends. As Adam gets more out of control with access to cash and women, Mike longs to prove that he's more than his lifestyle to the Kid's straight-edge sister -- and ultimately himself.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Steven Soderbergh has a way with directing ensembles of men, and whether the cast is fully clothed -- like in the Ocean's Eleven films -- or mostly naked (and writhing around on a stage) like the Xquisite men of MAGIC MIKE, they definitely know how to put on an entertaining show. The main draw of the film, naturally, is Tatum, who shows off not just his physique and dance skills, but also his considerable talents of charm and seduction. And while it may be his story, Tatum owes a great deal to McConaughey, who was simply born to play Dallas, a spandex-and-leather showman who truly believes in his mission of shilling guilt-free stage sex to his dollar-bill-waving audience.

Along with Tatum's irresistible turn and McConaughey's terrific scene-stealing performances, the rest of the cast sells both the excitement and the mundane nature of trying to please the women of Tampa. Manganiello, who plays werewolf hunk Alcide on True Blood, is hilarious as the aptly named Big Dick Richie, whom viewers first meet while he's sewing a decorative trim to his metallic thong. In fact, if there's one false note in the movie, it's the romance between Tatum and the uptight Horn. With Brooke's perpetual frown and judgmental jibes, it's hard to see why she inspires so much devotion from Mike. Unsurprisingly, Magic Mike shines brightest in the sequences on stage or behind the scenes. When the Weather Girls start singing "It's Raining Men," it's hard to resist joining in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Magic Mike depicts the male strippers. Is their lifestyle glamorized? What are consequences of being a stripper for Mike?

  • Is the nudity in the movie gratuitous or is part of the plot development? Is there a different standard for nudity/sexuality in movies versus violence? Should there be?

  • Does knowing that Tatum started off his career in entertainment as a stripper in real life change how you think of him?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 29, 2012
DVD release date:October 23, 2012
Cast:Alex Pettyfer, Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey
Director:Steven Soderbergh
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use

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Written byAnonymous July 28, 2013
age 18+
 

Not For Kids 21+

This film is Rated X because of a lot of Sex is in it. I'm 25 Years Old so I can see it. Not for anyone Under 21 because of Drinking and lots of Sex and Female Nudity.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMattman211989 June 9, 2013
age 15+
 

Should pose no issues for older and mature teens but unsuitable for kids

Despite what other users may have you believe, this is well crafted drama by Steven Soderbergh, and much more than a gratuitous comedy centered around male stripping. Overall, the film does offer positive messages and, for the most part, paints a rather bleak picture of the male stripping business. As would be expected from a film of this nature, there are frequent scenes of partial nudity and fairly strong references to sexual activity (however, many of these references are far tamer than you might expect from a film of this nature.) There is also one notable, and comic, scene in which a man enlarges his penis with a pump (his penis is out of focus, but in full view, during an extended shot). There is also frequent use of strong language (f*ck) and some drug use and references to drug dealing. The film shouldn't cause many issues for older teenagers, but parents should be cautious when it comes to under 15's.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written bychanningtatumlover21 June 1, 2014
age 14+
 

iffy for teens

im a teen and i watched it. i was ok. if your a mature teen over 13 or 14 i think you will be okay.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byErFaith July 31, 2012
age 16+
 

Think it over but don't say no

This isn't the most amazing movie out there but it really is a must see. Parents should probably watch out for all the nudity and stripping however there isn't an overwhelming amount of sex. Parents- don't be dead set against this movie but talk to your teenagers about it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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