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Magic Mike Review

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3.5

Dave White Profile

Heaven knows they're miserable now. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

The world's meanest bait and switch. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The process is called acting, and the man (Tatum) in the title role of Steven Soderbergh's flashy, not-so-trashy entertainment does it so well that the debate should be officially ended.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Almost as impressive as Tatum's moves are his comic flair and breezy grace. He proved his comic talents earlier this year in "21 Jump Street" and shows them off winningly here.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The raunchiest, funniest and most enjoyably nonjudgmental American movie about selling sex since "Boogie Nights."

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is Mike's story, and Channing Tatum proves himself a true movie star. His Mike glides through the world with the ease of a god, and on stage he's electrifying.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Cheerful stripper comedy is too sexy, mature for kids.

What 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.

  • Families can talk about how Magic Mike depicts the male strippers. Is their lifestyle glamorized? What are consequences of being a stripper for Mike?
  • Is the nudity in the movie gratuitous or is part of the plot development? Is there a different standard for nudity/sexuality in movies versus violence? Should there be?
  • Does knowing that Tatum started off his career in entertainment as a stripper in real life change how you think of him?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: For a movie about strippers, there are plenty of 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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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 strippers 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.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: 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).

  • sex false5

    Sex: 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).

  • language false5

    Language: 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.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: 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.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The strippers 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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