Flash Movie Review: Magic Mike XXL

I get mixed emotions when I see advertisements for upcoming shows or concerts headlined by artists who are in the twilight of their careers. There are some artists who are still vibrant and continue to make contributions to their art; just take a look at Tony Bennett who is traveling with Lady Gaga in sold out concerts. However, there are some artists I have seen where I wonder what is the motivation that keeps them plugging along; is it due to financial reasons, the need for people’s continued adulation or maybe the fear of retirement. I hope this is not coming across as judgmental but I do have an issue when someone says they are retiring but then a few years later decide to come out of it for a world tour. I tend to see it as a money grab. Maybe because I take people for their word I react this way; however, if they would have said they are retiring from touring but may do a concert once in a while it would sit better with me. Looking at my fitness level as I age I wonder how I will be in my cycle class when I get older. If I could not keep up with my classes I would want to step down from teaching and become instead a participant. Of course when the time comes for me to retire I hope to end on a hight note with a packed class as we go on one last intense fun ride. This is why I was able to understand what the male entertainers wanted to accomplish in this musical sequel.    THREE years has passed and Mike, played by Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher, Dear John), has finally seen his dream come true with the start of his custom furniture business. But when his old dance troupe buddies wanted to get together one last time for a contest, would Mike be willing to don his thong one last time? The difference between this sequel and the first film was like night and day. Where the original was fun with solid dancing routines and acting ability from Matthew McConaughey; this movie came off as a crass knockoff. The cast of men such as Joe Manganiello (Sabotage, True Blood-TV) as Big Dick Richie and Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart-TV, In Time) as Ken were joined by Jada Pinkett Smith (Reign Over Me, Matrix franchise) as Rome who was ridiculous because of the script. What surprised me the most was how bad the dancing was this time; it was uninspired with tired stripper pole moves. I will say this did not stop some of the people in the audience from hooting and hollering during several scenes. As for me this group should have quit while they were ahead.


1 3/4 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 7, 2015, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Bleh, sounds horrid. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. I thought the first movie was mediocre and predictable. I definitely won’t be watching this one.

  3. It is just all about having sexy body, that’s it, I think! LOL
    No really comment on this one, but my girlfriends all want to give a try. All the husbands blinked and said,”Duh! Women!” … and “Yeah, and stripping sexy men in tangas!” hahaha … Is that jealously what I am hearing??? 😀

  4. It’s not my cup of tea, that’s for sure!

  5. Just referring to the aged musicians, back about 10 yrs ago I saw the Eagles, I believe their “First Farewell Tour” in WikesBarre, PA. Absolutly incredible. and as aging musicians, they were better than ever. They probably still are, but I can’t afford them anymore!

    • That is exactly what I am talking about; age is only a state of mind. If the artists can still move their fans than that is a major plus. Thanks for the comments.

  6. I’m just the opposite of you.. thought the 1st one was pretty terrible..and while this was not a great movie by any means.. this was just sheer mindless fun entertainment for me. thought the dancing segments were pretty damn good esp. the finale. Did not roll with Jada either tho…she was no replacement for McConaughey on that we can def. agree! 😀

    • I am thrilled you were moved by this film. That is my bottom line, if a movie can move you in either direction then it has done its job. Just please tell me if you were hooting and hollering in the theater. lol Thanks for your comments.

      • hahahaha ‘moved’ might be a bit much of an overstatement,..but I did have some fun with it!! The convenience store scene was hysterical to me.. and Matt Bomer.. i’m such a fan. 😀

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