Magic Mike's Last Dance
Entertaining finale has sexy dancing, language, less nudity.
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Magic Mike's Last Dance
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Magic Mike's Last Dance is the third installment in the Magic Mike series starring Channing Tatum as the titular (former) adult dancer. This time around, Mike accepts an offer from a rich socialite (Salma Hayek) to move to London for a month to direct and choreograph a special dance show at a historic theater. There's definitely less nudity in this movie than the previous two, but the dancing is still very provocative, with a lot of shirtless men performing sexy dances. A couple of the routines simulate sexual positions, but there's only one love scene, and it shows little but the couple kissing and cuddling in bed. Language is very strong, with lots of uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "motherf----r," and more. Adults drink wine, cocktails, and liquor at parties, dinners, and get-togethers. The ensemble cast is multicultural, and the story encourages women to take charge of their future and feel empowered in their decisions.
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What's the Story?
In MAGIC MIKE'S LAST DANCE, former Florida adult dancer Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) -- who lost his custom furniture business during the pandemic -- is bartending to make a living. During a gig at a charity event, he meets soon-to-be-divorced socialite Maxandra Mendoza (Salma Hayek). After a party guest recognizes Mike from her bachelorette party 10 years earlier, Max offers Mike $6,000 for a private dance that unexpectedly turns into a one-night stand. The next morning, Max offers Mike an even bigger payday ($60,000) to come to London with her for a creative new opportunity -- but only as creative partners, not for sex. He accepts. Once in London, Max, whose estranged husband's family owns a media empire, reveals that one of her few assets in their separation agreement is ownership of a theater, the Rattigan. Max wants Mike to direct and choreograph a one-night-only show highlighting the "ecstasy" and the "magic" of sexy male dancers in order to empower women in the audience. Together, Max and Mike scout and hire a multicultural group of dancers -- some classically trained, some street dancers -- to participate in this unconventional theatrical performance. Max's brainy teen daughter Zadie (Jemelia George) observes the proceedings with a cynical eye. And, naturally, Mike and Max's feelings for each other grow stronger than they want to admit.
Is It Any Good?
Without the core group of guys who danced with Mike in the past two films, this slim-plotted threequel is just an excuse to watch Hayek and Tatum flirt (and lots of sexy dances, of course). Director Steven Soderbergh and writer Reid Carolin do manage to include a funny Zoom meeting between Mike and his best pals, Big Richie (Joe Manganiello), Tito (Adam Rodriguez), Ken (Matt Bomer), and Tarzan (Kevin Nash), who tell him not to be ashamed of "sex work" even after he explains that he's not a paid escort. The short scene underscores how their brotherhood of friendship was at the heart of the other movies and how much that brotherhood is missing from this installment. In the absence of the guys, Mike has a bunch of hired professional and street dancers, but it's difficult to recall even one of their names, not to mention anything about their private lives. The dancers don't have backstories like the Xquisite crew, because this script focuses solely on the relationship between Mike and Max.
The romance is uneven at first, a gender-bent Pretty Woman of sorts, with rich Max giving Mike a designer makeover to fit in with the classist snobs of England's cultural elite. But it's the show (however ridiculous the concept of a one-night-only tribute to the magic of sexy dancing is) that takes up the bulk of the story, with only a cursory, broad stroke at characterization. Maybe Soderbergh and Tatum feel like, at this point in the series, there's no need to develop anything other than more choreographed dance sequences. Don't worry, tried-and-true Magic Mike fans, Ginuwine's "Pony" is still in the movie, as are Tatum's signature thrusts and lifts. But as entertaining as it is to watch Tatum and Hayek dirty dance and fall in love, this one is even flimsier than XXL, and the series is definitely ready for its final bow.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Magic Mike's Last Dance's messages about the importance of dance, not only as an art form but as a mode of self-expression. What are your thoughts about dancing?
This movie has less nudity than the previous two installments. What's the difference between suggestive and graphic material? Is dancing that simulates sex more appropriate than actual sex scenes?
Discuss how sex and men's attractiveness are depicted in the movie. What role does media play in boys' body image?
- In theaters: February 10, 2023
- Cast: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek, Jemelia George
- Director: Steven Soderbergh
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- Character Strengths: Gratitude, Humility
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual material and language
- Last updated: March 2, 2023
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