- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- It's pretty much written into the film whether Adam would have been corrupted with or without his foray into the stripping world. Brooke seems to think so anyway, but he probably wouldn't have had as much money if he wasn't stripping.
- Brooke and her attitude towards the stripping. On the one hand, it's hard not to see her as a prude who can be a little judgemental - especially since she looks down on Mike once she finds out he's a stripper. On the other, it seems as if she's more afraid of the potential bad influences on her brother - as the last straw for her is when Adam nearly overdoses.
- Award Snub: There was buzz about Matthew McConaughey getting a possible Best Supporting Actor nomination but it didn't amount to anything. Many were furious when he wasn't nominated.
- Best Known for the Fanservice:
- Considering it's known as "that movie with a lot of male strippers" a la The Full Monty, some viewers are surprised when they learn that there's actually more to the movie than just stripping. The stripteasing scenes make up about seventeen minutes of the film's two hour running time. Of course the movie was heavily marketed around the Fanservice elements.
- A straighter example comes from Olivia Munn having a topless scene that lasts only about fifteen seconds.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer being the leads, most of the positive reception went to Matthew McConaughey for his spirited performance of Dallas.
- Fetish Retardant: As there's a lot of stripping in this movie, at some points it can become uncomfortable to watch - especially as it's gradually shown how empty Mike's life actually is.
- Fridge Brilliance:
- If you watch one of the first dance montages, you can visibly see that Adam is out of sync with the rest of the dancers, doesn't put as much passion into the moves and frequently comes in too early or too late compared to the others. A good way of averting Informed Ability and showing Adam's inexperience.
- If you do the math and the film takes place the same year it was released (2012), Mike probably got into stripping around the time of or right before the 2008 recession. Which of course massively explains his obsession with gathering enough money before he can start his business.
- Foe Yay: When Dallas is revealed to be a bit of a Bad Boss, his Ho Yay with Mike retroactively becomes this.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Adam and Mike's friendship deteriorating becomes harsher to watch with the knowledge that Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum didn't get along during filming.
- He Really Can Act:
- Alex Pettyfer had mainly become known either for Mr. Fanservice roles in Chick Flicks or else numerous Young Adult adaptations that flopped. He impressed many with his portrayal of a hard-drinking eventual drug addict. He also appeared to have improved his Fake American accent.
- None other than Anne Hathaway claims she had this reaction to Matthew McConaughey, and agreed enthusiastically with Christopher Nolan when he suggested casting him as the lead in Interstellar.
- For those who ignore the Fanservice aspect of his character, Channing Tatum shows that there's more to him than just that.
- Ho Yay: The men are all really close with each other, they frequently hug each other (often shirtless) and kiss each other affectionately on the head.
- Hype Backlash: Understandable, given the heaps of praise the movie received. The opposite appears to have inspired the positive reaction in the first place - many expecting an Excuse Plot and ninety minutes of beefcake and getting a well-acted Slice of Life about strippers in addition to the Fanservice.
- LGBT Fanbase: A movie about male strippers is bound to pick up a couple of gay male fans.
- Memetic Mutation: The words 'Magic Mike' are now used whenever there's a male stripper around.
- Periphery Demographic: The sequel, Magic Mike XXL, has various dudes that enjoy it. In fact, Chris Stuckmann pointed out that he knew more dudes who liked that film about male strippers than females. Channing Tatum has actually said he pitched it as a Buddy Picture road movie in order to get more males to see it.
- The Scrappy: Brooke is not well liked by viewers, due to being a Perpetual Frowner and some feeling she is too judgemental with regards to how Mike and Adam make their money. Some are left wondering why Mike is even attracted to her. No one really minds their offscreen break-up in between movies.
- The Woobie: Although he's a cheerful guy, it's gradually revealed that Mike is quite a Woobie. He only got into stripping as a way to fund other projects he wants to do - but he struggles to get loans because of his stripping. At thirty years old, he wants to escape this world but doesn't seem to know how to. His little rant to Brooke shows just how vulnerable he really is."I'm not my god damn job! It's what I do but it's not who I am!"
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Many were left wondering why Kevin Nash of all people was in the movie. Especially given his knee problems meant that he couldn't do much of the dancing, and needed a special knee brace.note
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