Synopsis: The continuing story of male stripper, Magic Mike.
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Thoughts: I wasn’t the biggest fan of 2012’s stripper-palooza Magic Mike, finding it to be one of director Steven Soderbergh’s (Side Effects) worst looking and worst sounding films to date. Between the garish production design and general stupidity of the entire affair, it was just a gigantic dud in my book. Still, Magic Mike was a perfect example of creators knowing exactly who their target audience is and going in for the kill – which is why it’s not a shocker that the further adventures of Mike (Channing Tatum, The Vow) and his crew of perfect peelers are returning with an XXL entry this summer. Sadly, Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), the lone presence from the previous chapter that was the least bit interesting, isn’t along for the ride. The first look at the sequel shows off some of Tatum’s moves before going, um, balls out into overstimulation mode. Though my overall interest may be XXS, I’m have to admit some mild interest in seeing what Tatum and co. have worked up.