Monday, July 30, 2012


Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in "Magic Mike"

(Mobile, AL.)--WORK ALL DAY, WORK IT ALL AT NIGHT!  A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women and make easy money! The tag line and the trailers to "Magic Mike" seemed unassuming enough. I should have really reconsidered a movie about the seedy life of a stripper, but because my mother is a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey I decided to give it a try.

So there I was, sitting in the two front row seats with my mother.  I thought we were having a relaxing end to what started out as a "girls night". Unfortunately it didn't take long for me to turn red faced. I'm talking beet red. Yep, it happens. I'm not too black to blush.

Let's just say mother saw more of Matthew than she ever bargained for.  From the opening scene to the closing credits this movie was nothing short of pornographic.  The language was reduced to the lowest common denominator.  How many times can 6 grown men use the "d" word?  I was uncomfortable with the "d" and the "p" word in the movie "The 40 Year old Virgin" and "Magic Mike" is no better.

What "Magic Mike" lacks in a plot it more than makes up for in nudity. Correction, frontal nudity! Don't get me wrong folks, I'm no prude, but is it really necessary to show a stripper "enlarging himself through a suction tube before hitting the stage?" I mean they showed the actual penis! Seriously?  I expected an occasional sock stuffed in the g-strap, but a suction cup? Geez!  I'm still explaining that one to Mom.

Needless to say Mrs. Walton is still a fan of Matthew McConaughey.  She thought his dialogue was natural and his performance credible.  Honestly, I think she's still having "cougar dreams" of his "buns of steal!"

Surprisingly, I liked Channing Tatum's abs and his dance moves. Though there was a lot of gyrating that left you speechless, Tatum nailed a few hip hop performances in the movie.

Would I recommend this one?  Not hardly. Will I pick movies in the future that leave me a little less embarrassed in the company of my mother?  Count on it!  I'm Varion Walton and that's "my view".

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