A romcom about male strippers probably isn’t your next hot movie ticket, but here’s why it should be.
1. It’s directed by Steven Soderbergh.
You know, who did Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic and Contagion. OK, so he also did Haywire, but never let it be said he doesn’t know how to hold an audience’s attention; if anyone could make you enjoy a film about the existential concerns of the titular Floridian male stripper (played by Channing Tatum), Soderbergh’s your man.
2. It’s nothing like The Full Monty. Honestly.
It’s way glossier and sillier and funnier (even than that hilarious bit where Tom Wilkinson does a pirouette in the dole queue). At our screening, one particular gag in an early dressing room scene caused audible gasps around the room (keep your eyes to the left of the screen).
3. You actually kind of enjoyed Bridesmaids, right?
Well, this is much the same deal: a film whose every fibre seems to repel men but is funny, slick, smart and well worth choking down any petty does-this-make-me-look-gay hang-ups.
4. Channing Tatum’s got some moves.
Not something we’d ordinarily admire in another guy, but Tatum — who worked as a stripper before his acting break and whose personal experiences inspired the movie — body-pops around the stage like some long-lost jock member of Diversity, and almost makes you fancy giving it all a go (almost, mind).
5. You might learn a thing or two.
We know we’ve probably told you that women like flowers and table manners and having their earlobes nuzzled. Turns out what they actually like is for you to wear Velcro-sided trousers and pretend to fire rounds into them from your imaginary machine gun penis. Our bad.
6. It also stars Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn, comic actress, TV presenter and former model plays Channing Tatum’s open-minded fuck buddy in Magic Mike. She’s also the only person in the known universe whose CV boasts both “correspondent for The Daily Show” and “Playboy Babe of The Month” (at least until Stephen Colbert starts returning Hef’s phone calls). You can also see her in Aaron “The Social Network” Sorkin’s latest TV show The Newsroom, currently showing on Sky Atlantic.
7. Matthew McConaughey is frickin’ amazing in it.
OK, you’ll have to trust us on this one, but there’s undoubtedly a certain genius in casting Matthew McConaughey as an ageing male stripper whose on-stage persona is pretty much Matthew McConaughey — all oiled chest, cowboy hat and sleazy southern drawl. He also introduces the concept of jeans with removable “peep-hole effect” back pockets, a sight which may just haunt your dreams forever.
Magic Mike is out on 13 July