July 18th, 2012, by Rob


Magic Mike

Magic Mike is a 2012 film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, and Matt Bomer. The film was released by Warner Bros. on June 29, 2012.

 

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Magic Mike Plot

Adam (Alex Pettyfer) is a slacker who moves to Tampa, Florida to live with his sister, Brooke (Cody Horn). He gets a job at a local construction company and there he meets Mike Lane (Channing Tatum). However, Adam quits on his first day after the supervisor catches him stealing extra sodas.

The following day, Adam spots Mike about to enter a popular nightclub. Mike gets him into the club, and Adam soon learns that Mike is a stripper known as “Magic Mike”. Mike takes Adam to the strip club and introduces him to the manager, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) and the other dancers – Ken (Matt Bomer), Tarzan (Kevin Nash), Tito (Adam Rodríguez) and Big Dick Richie (Joe Manganiello). Dallas agrees to let Adam help out with props that night as a favor to Mike.

The club’s DJ, drug dealer Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias), provides the dancers with samples of refined GHB to improve their stamina. However, Tarzan ingests too much of the drug, and is unable to perform. Mike convinces Adam to fill in for him, and Adam is a hit with the customers. Afterwards, Adam is convinced to join the Xquisite and Mike nicknames him “The Kid”.

Mike and Brooke’s attraction continues to grow in the following months, despite that Brooke is dating a man who lives in Orlando and Mike has an on-again off-again relationship with a woman named Joanna (Olivia Munn). Adam delves further into the excessive lifestyle of the Xquisite dancers, using drugs and having sexual encounters with many clients. When Dallas announces he has a plan to move their act to Miami, Mike confides in Brooke that he wants to retire from the business in the near future and has been attempting to get a small business loan to pursue his dream of opening a custom furniture business. Mike later attends a hurricane party at Dallas’ house.

At the same party, Adam becomes part of scheme created by Tobias to sell drugs to Xquisite’s clients, and is eventually given a package of ecstasy. A few days later, Mike and Adam perform for a private party at a sorority house, and Adam brings the package of drugs with him. A girl that was given an ecstasy pill by Adam becomes ill, causing a brawl between Adam and the girl’s boyfriend. Mike and Adam are forced to flee the scene, with Adam being unable to retrieve the package of pills. After cleaning up, the two go to Ybor City, where Mike sees Joanna in a restaurant having dinner with a man and, after confronting her, learns the man is her fiance. Later, at Xquisite, Dallas is infuriated to learn Mike didn’t collect payment for the private show before the fight occurred.

After that night’s show at the club is finished, Mike and Adam take drugs and go to a club. Adam winds up vomiting and passing out, with Brooke finding him on the floor the next morning. Brooke angrily confronts Mike and accuses him of failing to protect her brother as he promised and ends her friendship with him. Later on, Tobias’ suppliers break into Mike’s house looking for Adam, who owes them money for the lost drugs. Realizing Adam lied to him about the drugs’ worth, Mike gives them $10,000 – the majority of his savings – to pay Adam’s debt.

A short time later, during the dancers’ final performance at Xquisite, Mike decides he’s had enough. Pretending he needs to use the restroom, he leaves through the club’s exit and drives away in his truck, effectively quitting. After deciding Mike isn’t coming back, Dallas invites Adam to replace Mike as the frontman of the dancers. After leaving, Mike goes to Brooke’s apartment. He tells her that he has quit and isn’t going to Miami. She then tells Mike that after he left her apartment earlier, Adam called her to tell her that Mike had paid off the drug dealers for him. They forgive each other, admit their mutual attraction, and decide to begin a relationship.

Magic Mike Cast

Channing Tatum as Michael “Magic Mike” Lane
Alex Pettyfer as Adam (The Kid)
Matthew McConaughey as Dallas
Matt Bomer as Ken
Cody Horn as Brooke
Olivia Munn as Joanna
Joe Manganiello as Big Dick Richie
Mircea Monroe as Ken’s Wife
Riley Keough as Nora
Gabriel Iglesias as Tobias
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Tara.
Kevin Nash as Tarzan
Betsy Brandt as Banker
Adam Rodríguez as Tito

Magic Mike Development

In 2010, Tatum told an Australian newspaper that he would like to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper, saying, “I’ve already got the director picked out. I’d like Nicolas Refn, who did the movie Bronson, to do it because he’s insane for it.”

Magic Mike Production

Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh based on a screenplay by Reid Carolin, who is also one of the film’s producers. The film stars Channing Tatum, and the screenplay is in part based on Tatum’s experiences as a stripper in Tampa, when he was 19 years old. The project was announced in April 2011, and after Soderbergh cast Tatum and Pettyfer in the lead roles, Carolin spent time revising the screenplay. The project was co-financed by Soderbergh and Tatum.[12] Filming began in Tampa in September 2011 and wrapped by late October.

Warner Bros. Pictures acquired US distribution rights to the independently produced film on October 27, 2011, and scheduled it for a June 29, 2012, U.S. opening.

Magic Mike Marketing

The first trailer for Magic Mike was released on April 18, 2012 and was met with mostly positive feedback. GeekScholars Movie News gave the preview an average score of “A-“, on an A+ to F− scale, noting that the trailer showed Tatum’s ability to deliver a fun performance while giving his character an ample amount of depth.

Magic Mike Reception

Magic Mike has received generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, Magic Mike has received a “Certified Fresh” rating of 78% based on 130 reviews from their “All Critics” ratings, a 92% “Certified Fresh” rating based on 36 reviews from their “Top Critics” ratings. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the film has a 73 rating, indicating “generally positive reviews”, based on 37 critic reviews.

Magic Mike Sequel

In a Twitter Q&A in July 2012, Tatum confirmed work on a sequel. The actor responded: “Yes, yes and yes! We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.”[19] No word on whether Steven Soderbergh would return to direct the Florida-based dramedy about an all-male dance revue.

 

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