A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages about loyalty, friendship, partnership, gratitude, humility, and ambition. Like the previous films, promotes the idea that all women should feel empowered, special, and seen. Demonstrates how love can grow from unlikely connections. Reinforces idea that dance is an organic and important way for people to express their emotions and form connections.
Positive Role Models
Characters don't always make the most positive choices, but Max is encouraging, assertive, and disciplined (when it comes to the show). Zadie is kind, intelligent, perceptive, and supportive. Mike is willing to go out of his comfort zone to help Max. He's also ambitious, hard-working, and visionary.
The dancers come from various socioeconomic backgrounds and are a multicultural group. Maxandra (Mexican/Lebanese actor Salma Hayek) is Latina (more specifics aren't given), and she has a biracial adopted daughter. Through the show, Maxandra tries to demonstrate that women have agency and can do more than choose stereotypical men.
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Violence & Scariness
A separated couple has a couple of loud, angry fights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Even though there's technically no nudity (unlike the previous two movies), the dance scenes are quite steamy and do include shirtless men (sometimes in boxer brief-like bottoms) and scantily clad women dancing very provocatively. A few central dances simulate sexual positions, and one of them leads to sex (kissing and two people cuddling in bed is shown). During one choreographed lap dance, the director makes a joke that the dance looks more like having sex than dancing.
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Very strong language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "shut up," "goddamn," and more. Exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ."
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Products & Purchases
Several Apple products shown multiple times: iPhone, MacBook Pro, iPad. Rolls Royce, Zoom.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink cocktails (martinis), champagne, wine, and liquor at multiple parties and dinners and at home.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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