A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 dancers 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 & Scariness
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).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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).
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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 dancers 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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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. 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. While it may be Tatum's story, he 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.
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