Magic Mike

Barbara Vey -- July 2nd, 2012
Magic Mike

Magic Mike

Last night was Girl’s Night Out.  I went with my sisters and nieces to see Channing Tatum shake his stuff in Magic Mike.  He did not disappoint.


The story is about Mike, a workaholic who works construction, auto detailing and, by the way, is also a stripper.  But that’s not all.  He does it all to save enough money to do what he really wants which is to make custom furniture from stuff he finds laying around.  Mike meets “The Kid” at his construction job and brings him into the world of strippers.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey as Dallas


There is a romance trying to bud, but it needs more sunshine and water.  The story is pretty weak, but the dance numbers more than make up for.  Matthew McConaughey is at his finest as the kind of slimy, sleazy strip club owner who’s voice could melt butter.


The theater was filled with women anxious to have a good time.  Most came in groups of 6 or more and the mood was kind of like going out for a bachelorette party.  From my point of view, they could have done without the talking all together and just did the dance numbers.  There were quite a few funny moments and as my sister said, “It was cheaper than going to a strip club.”


After I got home, I started to wonder if this could be a book.  Not so much.  This was a very visual experience that I couldn’t think words could justify.  The screenplay must have read something like, “Blah, blah, blah.”  Magic Mike gyrates takes his clothes off.


Bottom Line:  Fun movie to see with your women friends…and a couple of bottles of wine wouldn’t hurt either.


Monday Giveaways

From Samhain Publishing: In July, Samhain Publishing is pleased to offer a gay contemporary romance and a contemporary ménage romance as our giveaway titles on Kindle at, Nook at, Sony at and iTunes on their iBookstore.  The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day discounted before it returns to regular price.

Begin Date          End Date              Book Title            Author

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42 thoughts on “Magic Mike

  1. Beach Love

    I gave the movie two thumbs up. It was like a girls night out and I enjoyed every minute.
    I do think it could be a book. The BDSM genre makes it work. So with a lot of research I think this could be a great book.., :)

  2. Vegasbaby

    I enjoyed it too! This movie won’t win an Oscar but for $20 I had a fun night out! I loved that the theatre was packed with women of all ages. I saw a group of 4 older women come in & they all had walkers. Yes it was a fun night out for ALL women!

  3. katy lee

    I’m with with you on the dialogue. Pretty sure the directors told the actors to just make it up as you go along. Pretty weak, but no one was there for the storyline and they probably knew that. ;)

    Matthew stole the show. Amazingly good acting. Fully believable as a sleaze. :)

    As for making it as a book..aside for the lack of visual… the story was too shallow, but with some work, and digging a little deeper into the characters it might make a difference. And you know me. I’m all about books that make a difference. :)

  4. Andrea Laurence

    There was too much plot. It got in the way of the dancing. :) Our audience was so rowdy, there were times I couldn’t hear what they were saying because they were cheering and hollering like they were in the club, too. Very interactive movie. I could’ve done without all the drug stuff. The romance was muddled and confused by the other woman in the picture. But in the end, I really didn’t care. I just liked watching the guys dance.

    1. Barbara Vey Post author

      LOL, I am so with you on this one Andrea. Some parts were like, “There’s a hole here in the movie between the dancing…let’s throw in some drugs or sex or a car.”

  5. joysann

    Hmmm… My friends and I (4-6 of us) are going to see it on Thursday. The only showing we could coordinate going to is marked on the website schedule as “Open-Captioning”. Sounds like that may be a good thing, what with cheering and hollering and not wanting to miss important dialogue. Should imbibing happen before or after watching the movie?

  6. Marcia James

    I haven’t seen Magic Mike yet, but I’m definitely looking forward to it. I went to a Chippendales’ knock-off show in the 1980s and the guys definitely did not look anything like Tatum Channing, unfortunately. ;-(

    – Marcia ;-)

  7. Stephanie Scott

    “Matthew McConaughey is at his finest as the kind of slimy, sleazy strip club owner ”

    It’s the role he was born to play! haha

    This looks like a fun movie for a bunch of girlfriends. I’m not much for the muscly stripper type guys, but I actually heard decent reviews of this movie. Who ever knew Stephen Soderberg would go this route with one of his films?

  8. Michelle

    Love the dancing and the man candy – the story had no plot and it was a disappointment. It could be strengthened if well written and adjust but without the visual hotness not sure if I’d pick it up…well unless Joe Manganiello was on the cover of the book. :) Definitely a great girls night out movie!

  9. Nancy Naigle

    I don’t have a theatre nearby. I might just have to stare at the photo of Dallas above for a couple hours and be happy with it until it hits cable. ;)

    I could look at McConnaughey all day! Yum!! For him…I might be persuaded to camp. Okay, not really, but I’d think about it.

    Thanks for the update, Barbara. Sounds like you and the girls had a great time. We all need that kind of fun more often than we get it.

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