The plot is simple: young aimless boy has friend who works as a stripper. That stripper introduces him to a world filled with the things of a young man's dreams, if he dreams of : women, sex, and drugs without consequences.
But, eventually, there are consequences, and those consequences affect the young stripper and those who are around him.
At it's core, it's a fairly moving story about a sister's love for her brother, a young man's journey to self-discovery, and another man's introduction to the power of his manhood and sexuality.
If you discovered that you had the ability to capture the attention of anyone you wanted how would you use that power? Would you abuse it?
I've seen a strip show or two :-), and I have to admit you always have that little fantasy lingering in the back of your mind. Honestly, after watching "Magic Mike" it erased those thoughts right from my mind. The characters were sad and incomplete. The fantasy on the stage was all they were--nothing more. This is because of two reasons: one the writing only partially flushed out the secondary characters, and two there wasn't much more to the characters.
I love Channing Tatum! He can dance. He can act. But, this definitely wasn't one of his best acting venues. Matthew McConaughey is one of my all time favorites, but he was a little too thin, too tanned, and too everything for me in this one. I kept waiting for Alex Pettyfer to cut his beard, or at least shape it up. Cody Horn, unfortunately, anyone who looks like her will conjure up images of Kristen Stewart and, fairly or not, they'll be compared.
For Magic Mike 2, can I make a few casting suggestions:
This movie begins fast and fun, then becomes a little sad before ending on a soft hopeful note. There are definitely a few scenes that make you wish you could add your dollar!