Film / Magic Mike
Male objectification: The Movie

Magic Mike is a 2012 comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, based on his year working as a male stripper. It completely objectifies the male body as a sex object, which certainly makes a nice change. Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey also star.

A sequel, Magic Mike XXL, was released on July 1 2015, with most of the cast reprising their roles.


  • Affably Evil: Dallas. 'Evil' is probably too strong a term, but reading between the lines over the film makes it pretty clear that his so-called boys are just props and meat to make money for him, and whatever caring he has comes second to his financial concerns (Affably Greedy?). Case in point: basically telling Mike he's trapped in the male stripping business and instantly replacing him with Adam when he does leave at the end.
  • Ascended Extra: The other male strippers Ken, Big Dick Richie and Tarzan have bigger roles in the sequel.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender : Mike looks pretty hot in a Marilyn Monroe white dress and wig.
  • Based on a True Story: Mike's character is partially based off of Channing Tatum's life experience in stripping.
  • Binge Montage: Adam and Mike star in one.
  • Bi the Way: Joanna who has threesomes with Mike and other girls and shows interest in Brooke.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Mike loses most of his savings bailing Adam out of trouble, but finally realizes that he has to get out of stripping and after quitting he has a good shot at a lasting romantic relationship with Brooke. Similarly, Adam benefits from Mike's exit and the club's move to Miami but may end up exactly in Mike's situation.
  • Character Title: Named after Channing Tatum's character, obviously.
  • Chippendales Dancers: But of course.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: To be specific, there's over 150 uses of the word, and since the stripping scenes have little to no dialogue, there are some scenes with a lot of them crammed in there, along with some other words. The entire construction scene near the beginning is a good example.
  • Color Wash: All the outdoor scenes are ''really' orange, both to sell the Florida setting and make a stronger contrast with the dark, neon-lit nightclub scenes.
  • Decoy Protagonist: With almost the same screen time as Tatum (Mike), Pettyfer's character Adam seems like the central character, but later on the movie does a good job of slowly focusing on Mike.
  • Denser and Wackier: The first film is a cynical Slice of Life with a few light-hearted moments. The second is more of an out and out comedy with a lot more Fanservice.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Adam and his girlfriend overdose and lose Mike's savings.
  • Ethical Slut: Joanna is bisexual and Mike doesn't have a problem with her seeing people on the side. He is however rather dismayed when he discovers she has a fiancee.
  • Fanservice: Besides the obvious, there's plenty of eye candy from the female characters. Brooke walks around Florida wearing short skirts and hot pants, and there's an extended scene of her walking around the beach in a bikini. Ken's wife allows Adam to feel her boobs, and the camera is all to happy to oblige. And of course Olivia Munn is topless in the film's opening.
  • Female Gaze: THE WHOLE MOVIE! Especially the bonus feature that compiles all the stripping scenes and skips the boring plot parts.
  • Fetish: Lots and lots of it, everything from Tarzan to Military men.
  • Firemen Are Hot: Yes features.
  • Friends with Benefits: Mike and Joanna.
  • Funny Background Event: So much of it in this movie, like when Big Dick Richie was pumping his penis nonchalantly.
  • Hospital Hottie : Mike mistakes Brooke for this when he sees her in her scrubs. She's not a nurse but a billing clerk.
  • Karma Houdini: Adam. He loses a ton of ecstasy, causing Mike to have to spend his savings to protect him from serious harm. He doesn't see any repercussions from it. Although, he doesn't appear to learn much from the experience, and Mike probably won't be around to bail him out next time, so it may be subverted.
  • Lady Killer In Love: Mike decides to change his ways.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Brooke seems to assume that Adam is gay after first seeing his box of stripper outfits and seeing him shave his legs.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Basically, the film version of this trope.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Gender inverted and played with.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Seemingly averted- Adam asks Mike if he's interested in Brooke and teases him about it but doesn't seem to care either way if Mike's interested in her romantically.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The marketing of the film would have you believe it's a light comedy with lots of Female Gaze fanservice, but many moviegoers left the movie believing it more of a dramatic cautionary tale about the profession. The first people to say so were the actors themselves, since they all mentioned that Steven Soderbergh wouldn't have hitched his wagon to it unless it had some hidden depth to it. Of course, there's still plenty of Female Gaze fanservice. And comedy. But also the message.
  • Offscreen Breakup: Mike and Brooke end up with each others in the first movie but in the sequel Mike is single again.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Erm, Big Dick Richie.
  • Passing the Torch: Mike to Adam, though mostly inadvertently.
  • Plot Device: A chunk of the plot revolves around Adam's actions but compared to the others, he doesn't go through much character development.
  • Put on a Bus: In the sequel, Dallas has gone off to Macau and taken Adam with him, so they don't appear. This is apparently due to Matthew McConaughey becoming a lot more expensive since his Oscar win, and Alex Pettyfer not getting along with the cast during the first film.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Mike, particularly when speaking quickly, stumbles and stutters out dialogue.
  • Shirtless Scene: In a film about male strippers?!
  • Slice of Life: Surprisingly enough, the movie just examines the life of a few male strippers in Florida. There's not much of a plot, and the film is driven by Adam's introduction to the lifestyle.
  • Spear Counterpart: The Players Club has striking similarities in storyline, character archetypes, and ending (for the main characters at least). And it was very much tongue in cheek.
  • Three-Way Sex: In the beginning of the movie, Mike and Joanna have just had a three-way with a woman that they apparently don't know. Joanna also approaches Mike about inviting Brooke for one.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The name of the strip joint is Xquisite.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On
  • Your Cheating Heart: Joanna has been cheating on her fiance with Mike. Interestingly, it's Mike who's shocked, while the fiancé looks like he might have known something was up.