Magic Mike XXL

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining cast, thin plot, tons of sexy dancing.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 115 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

For a movie about strippers, plenty of messages about loyalty, friendship, and ambition; the importance of remembering people from your past; and the difference between who you are and what you do for a living. Also promotes the idea that all women should feel special.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although they're strippers, the men all have ambitions beyond their jobs as male entertainers. They long to be husbands and fathers, entrepreneurs, artists, and "legitimate" performers. And they're good friends to each other. Women of all ages and body types are paid attention to during the men's dance numbers.

Violence

A car crash leaves a character injured and hospitalized.

Sex

Many scenes of nearly naked men performing stripteases. Most of the routines involve the men shedding down to a thong that shows off their butt and cups their genitals, and some involve men touching women very provocatively and holding them (the women are fully clothed) in ways that mirror sexual positions. Some routines feature women being hauled around/positioned in a pretty heavy-handed/dominating way. Many women wear tight/revealing clothing to the shows.

Language

Constant swearing and vulgar talk: "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "p---y," "douche," "t-ts," "ass," "c--k," and more.

Consumerism

Rolls Royce, Chevy.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The guys take Ecstasy, crash a car, do shots, drink until they get drunk, and generally party really hard more than once. Proper Southern women drink so much wine that they get wasted.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magic Mike XXL is the sequel to 2012's hit Magic Mike, a story about male strippers that was loosely inspired by superstar Channing Tatum's real-life experiences. Like the original, the sequel features lots of scenes of men stripping, dancing provocatively, mimicking sexual positions and movements, and wearing nothing but tight thongs that leave little to the imagination. Although there's no full-frontal nudity, the strip dances are incredibly sexual and choreographed to arouse the women who are watching (or participating) in the dances. Some of the women also wear tight/revealing clothing, and some are hauled around/positioned in a fairly heavy-handed way -- although, on the flip side, women of all ages and body sizes are "celebrated" by the men. The language is also extremely coarse, with "f--k" said in nearly every scene. There's also lots of drinking and some substance use/abuse, including a man driving under the influence of Ecstasy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPennDisneyCEO June 30, 2015

FIrst! Movie sucks already.

Movie already sucks, sorry but yeah it well competition to Magic Mike, which is worser. (At least good show ignoring the bad words)
Adult Written bysisely July 15, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byKarissa. July 2, 2015

It's ok

I think it's okay as long as the kids understand what "sex" is already and how it ties into the movie a bit since it's about stripping and i... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 21, 2016

Disappointing, lifeless, and depressing sequel has some sex and swearing.

My rating:R for mature themes, drug use, language, and sexual content.

What's the story?

MAGIC MIKE XXL picks up a few years after the events of Magic Mike. Mike (Channing Tatum)still lives in Tampa, but now he owns his own custom furniture company. One day he gets a call from Tarzan (Kevin Nash) saying "Dallas is gone" -- and Tarzan and the rest of the old crew are in town to celebrate his memory. It turns out that Dallas (played by Matthew McConaughey in the first movie) is literally gone -- as in out of the country and the story -- but not dead. The guys -- including Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Ken (Matt Bomer), and Tarzan -- just wanted to see Mike on their way to an annual strippers' conference in Myrtle Beach. After a night of fun with his old friends, Mike hears one of his old dance songs and decides to join the group for one final show. From then on, the movie turns into a wacky road trip comedy with plenty of stops -- and reasons to dance -- on the way.

Is it any good?

Without Steven Soderbergh directing or McConaughey as Dallas, Magic Mike XXL is noticeably shallower than the original. However, the combo of Tatum and his crew and new addition Jada Pinkett Smith makes for a fun, frivolous show. Let's be clear: There's not much to the plot of this movie. Mike joins his pals for one more night of strutting and stripping, but first he has to convince a former lover, Rome (Pinkett Smith), to emcee their routines. Other stuff happens too -- like the guys ending up in a Southern mansion full of rich first wives led by none other than Andie Macdowell, or their original emcee needing hospitalization after crashing their food truck van -- but it's all just side dressing to allow for more stripping shenanigans.

Thank goodness the romance is downplayed in the sequel, because it never worked in Magic Mike. Amber Heard's Zoe is considerably better as a possible love interest for Mike, but his true love story is with the other men who've danced alongside him for years. Their bond as men who "make women smile" for a living is the driving force of the Magic Mike movies, and their hilarious banter -- and fabulously choreographed dance scenes (a few courtesy of professional hip-hop dancer Stephen "tWitch" Boss) -- make up for the barely there plot. This isn't really a film for teens, obviously, but adults looking for a fun couple of hours of dancing and kidding around could do a lot worse.

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