I'm not a fan of the term "Guilty Pleasure" so I decided to make my list called the "Fuck you,…
Work all day. Work it all night.
Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
Despite the positive word of mouth the thought of a Steven Soderbergh male stripper movie never sounded appealing and the end results were as disappointing as expected. I can only assume that the film was well received purely because people got to see Hollywood celebrities wear very little clothing and grind their crotches in women’s faces because it certainly wasn’t because of the story. As with all of Soderbergh’s recent films, Magic Mike, feels incomplete. Sub plots are started and then briefly explored before being abandoned entirely, characters are given the scantest development (just like their wardrobe) and it generally lacks any real drive or interesting central focus.
For the second film running, Matthew McConaughey steals the show. His turn…
It ain't no Showgirls, that's for sure!
Magic Mike, how do I loathe thee, let me count the ways.
1. Channing Tatum. I don’t know why, but images of David Hassleholf spring to mind whenever I see you onscreen.. Perhaps it’s your simian acting style. I guess you thought your real-life stripper story was going to be the next Rocky, and that you had the heart and soul ( and talent ) to pull it off on screen. I’m sure you did. What I see is a popular High School quarterback in the school play. Sure, it sells tickets, but it’s embarrassingly awful to watch.
2. Cody Horn. You deliver about as much charisma and emotion as a Stepford Wife on prosaic. Your dad being the chairman…
A couple things I realized while watching this:
1) I was right in my assumption that thrusting my pelvis into a woman's face is a total turn on for her.
2) I just need to stop watching Soderbergh's movies.
I know that I am completely alone in my total ennui towards this guy, and I'm cool with that. But how did he elevate this material? By shooting everything through a doo doo-stained filter like he always does? I could put on Coyote Ugly and mess with the color controls for that, thanks.
Okay, so maybe he toned down the visual flair to focus on working with the actors to create interesting characters. Let's see, Matthew McConaughey's portrayal of Matthew McConaughey…
I am torn.
This is possibly one of the worst films I've ever seen. I wanted to walk out 20 minutes in, by 40 minutes in I rued having had that coffee that was preventing a good snooze, and by the 90 minute mark I was angry that it hadn't ended yet. I came out declaring that next to Pauline at the Beach this was definitely the worst I'd seen. There were a few interesting camera shots and McConaughey was fantastic, but his performance stood out like a sore thumb, most of the dialogue was inane and the audio mix was terrible in too many spots to count.
And yet, there was something nagging me about the structure of the…
Steven Soderbergh is the kind of director who apparently can make movies about everything. He seems to be on a temporary break from film making, I can only wish that this break doesn’t last much long. In Magic Mike he focuses on the life of a male stripper who is surrounded by women, money and glamour but despite all these something more important and deeper is absent in his life which makes it less joyful. Magic Mike tells its story in three different months, in June Mike is having fun, he enjoys his life more than before and seems like nothing can reduce his pleasure. In July the first signs of his unsteady situation show themselves and finally in August…
- Hey, vamos a hacer una peli de un tío que tiene un trabajo y todo le va bien, ahorra pasta y es feliz. Y al final consigue a la chica, deja el trabajo y es más feliz todavía.
- Un poco soso, ¿no?
- Vale, pues que se desnuden todo el rato porque son strippers.
La película donde no pasa nada :/
A 30 years old male stripper with a dream of being an enterpreneur met a 19 years old spoiled brat who sleeps on his sister's couch. Mike is facing a danger of losing his dream thanks to the uncontrolable attitude of the young kid.
In my point of view, this movie is weird. Just weird. Although Channing Tatum is an eye candy, i'm not quite impressed with how the story developed.
I can't understand what the fuss is all about, I mean, it's an ok movie, the cast is hot, I have a crush on Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey is on fire, but still there's nothing remotely amazing about this, seriously, it's just a fun, cheesy and sexy movie, there's nothing groundbreaking whatsoever, also I think the script was actually a really weak one, if it wasn't for the great performances this would be a mess. Not a hot one.
A typical Soderbergh movie from his 'talk talk talk' section. Not the 'flashy funny action comedy' fodder.
Ranges from interesting to boring with actors going from decent to plain and sometimes even really bad. There's no chemistry between Tatum and the girl he's supposedly falling in love with and that whole story line is unnecessary anyway. It would have been enough to see Mike evolve from the star of the show to second best to the newcomer and finally realising he can step out of this scene.
I really can't see what all the hoopla is about. Not even why girls drool about it. Sure, they have the naked men and all that, but the rest is just boring.
It's like watchin a porn: you're bored when the 'action' takes place and wait until somebody takes off his clothes
The first half hour is simply terrific. After that, the movie slowly starts degrading, How unfortunate.
[originally written on my blog]
Not hard to see why folks compare this to The Girlfriend Experience, but Soderbergh managed to fragment that one so that its essentially trite narrative was difficult to discern. Here, the platitudes and conservatism loom larger and larger as the film progresses, ultimately swamping any lingering curiosity about the milieu or any (mostly ostensible) focus on economics. (Mike being turned down for a small-business loan due to bad credit seems more like a pity party than like the complex negotiations navigated by Sasha Grey's Chelsea, which were inextricably tied to her chosen profession. Mike's just trying to get out, in the hackneyed tradition of a gazillion working-class protags.) Tatum really does work magic onstage…
hot but not that hot
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