Watch Magic Mike XXL
- 1 hr 50 min
Magic Mike XXL is the 2015 sequel to the hit 2012 film Magic Mike, offering up another fun and sexy adventure with Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, and Matt Bomer. Directed by Gregory Jacobs, this film picks up three years after the events of the first movie, which saw Mike leaving the world of male stripping behind to pursue his other passions.
In Magic Mike XXL, we find Mike in a very different place, having left his construction job to focus on creating custom furniture. However, when he hears from his old stripper friends, he starts to feel the pull of the stage once again. After his old boss, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), abandoned him and his fellow performers in the first film, the remaining dancers have decided to band together for a final performance at a giant stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Much of the plot of the film revolves around Mike and his pals travelling to Myrtle Beach, encountering various entertaining characters along the way. Joe Manganiello's character, Big Dick Richie, convinces them to stop at a convenience store where they end up having a hilarious impromptu dance party with the cashier. They also meet a group of lonely middle-aged women at a gas station who are thrilled to be given a private dance show by the guys.
As they travel, the men explore their own personal struggles and desires. Among the ensemble cast, there are several standout performances, such as Matt Bomer's turn as Ken, the group's most sensitive and intellectual member, who gives a moving speech about the art of stripping; and Jada Pinkett Smith as Rome, a fierce and sultry club owner who helps them along the way.
Channing Tatum shines once again as the titular character, who is trying to find his place in the world after leaving behind the world of stripping. He has a few standout dance sequences, including a solo routine set to Ginuwine's "Pony," which is as impressive as it is sexy. But the real magic of Magic Mike XXL is the camaraderie between these characters, who support each other through thick and thin.
The film's themes touch on the power of fantasy, both for the dancers and their fans. Many scenes explore the women's desires to be entertained and desired by these attractive men, as well as the men's desires to feel desired and appreciated themselves. There's also a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era of stripping, as the guys reminisce about the good old days when they were bringing in huge crowds and exploring their sexuality on stage.
Overall, Magic Mike XXL is a fun and engaging movie that delivers on both the titillation and the heart. Its cast of talented performers are all in top form, and the film's pacing and energy keep things moving along smoothly. If you're looking for a movie that's both sexy and surprisingly touching, this is definitely one to check out.
Magic Mike XXL is a 2015 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 50 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 60.