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First Look: Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike

April 19, 2012

Steven Soderbergh‘s long-rumored retirement might take a while. Apparently while making plans, he ran into Channing Tatum and the two discussed Tatum’s real-life experience as a male stripper in Florida prior to moving to Hollywood to chase dreams. And before you can say, “take it off,” Soderbergh has quietly tried his hand at the romantic comedy. Based on the promise of this trailer for Magic Mike, I feel like there’s a chance he might make a couple more before moving down to Florida with the other snow birds.

A few observations from the clip: Matthew McConaughey takes off his shirt. Wait, that’s not news. He always does that. This time, however, it makes sense with the story. Alex PettyferMatt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Cody Horn, Adam Rodriguez and Olivia Munn co-star, but we never see Joe Manganiello shirtless in the trailer which is a real heart-breaker. Any True Blood fan can tell you that it’s quite magical. Cody Horn reminds me of everything I hate about Helen Hunt. I could live without her in the movie. Adam Rodriguez is Adam Rodriguez. You’ve seen him on Ugly Betty and CSI: Miami. It’s worth the cost of admission to see him.

Overall, though, the movie looks entertaining and not as cheesy as I expected when I heard it was about male strippers. I would never have watched it had I not accidentally watched – and liked – this trailer. That says something.



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