June 29th 2012
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writers: Reid Carolin
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Joe Manganiello, Matthew McConaughey
MPAA Rating: Rated R – for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
Mike is a man of many talents and loads of charm, he spends his days pursuing the American Dream from as many angles as he can handle: from roofing houses and detailing cars to designing furniture. But at night… he’s just magic. The hot headliner in an all-male revue, he has been rocking the stage at Club Xquisite for years with his original style and over-the-top dance moves. Seeing potential in a guy he calls the Kid, Mike takes the 19-year-old under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of dancing, partying, picking up women and making easy money. It’s not long before the club’s newest act has fans of his own, as the summer opens up to a world of fun, friendship and good times.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!
IMDB Rating: 6.1 out of 10 stars!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%
The movie overall attracted a lot of female audience due to the bare skin showed of very attractive actors collected for the movie. However, it really is well directed and the skin bits are few and far between. After all, it’s not about the stripping, it’s about the characters. They work as strippers sure, but it’s not what defines them. The writing is superb and the story thoughtfully developed.
I couldn’t watching this movie without averting my eyes or cringing, it’s beautifully directed for sure, it is after all directed by Stephen Soderbergh. I found however that it was a little embarrassing to watch at times, maybe I’m just not one to frequent or entertain the idea of dropping in on a strip club. I’m watching this at home, on Netflix of course, can you just image what sitting in a theater must have been like with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello or Matt Bomer on the big screen shaking it to the pleasure of the audience? Admittedly I’d be thirsty.
I can see this as one way for many of the pretty faces of Hollywood (who were involved and acting in the movie) as a chance to show they can do more than be attractive on the big screen, and they really are and really do show some compelling skills in other areas. I’m surprised Netflix has just under 2 stars rating for the movie, where as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb show between 6.1 out of ten, 81/100% popularity.