Male objectification: The Movie
Magic Mike is a 2012 comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh
and starring Channing Tatum, based on Tatum's year working as a male stripper
. It completely objectifies the male body as a sex object, which certainly makes a nice change.
A sequel, Magic Mike XXL
is to be released in 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Drugs Are Bad: Adam and his girlfriend overdose and lose Mike's savings.
- 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.
- Male Gaze: There are SOME images for males, not as obvious but still there.
- 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.
- The Obi-Wan: Mike is this to Adam.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Erm, Big Dick Richie.
- Passing the Torch: Mike to Adam, though mostly inadvertently.
- Shirtless Scene: In a film about male strippers?!
- 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 fiancÚ looks like he might have known something was up.