Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Magic Mike' Sure to Cast a Spell Stripped Down, Soderbergh Film Unveils an Engrossing Tale

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Magic Mike' Sure to Cast a Spell Stripped Down, Soderbergh Film Unveils an Engrossing Tale

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Part "Working Girl," part "42nd Street," director Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" is a wonderfully low-fat summer treat.

Based on star Channing Tatum's real-life experiences as an exotic dancer, his eponymous character is working his way toward making enough money to start a handmade furniture business, one lap dance at a time.

Like Tess McGill, Mike's got "a head for business and a bod for sin."

He also has big dreams for the future, and they don't include wearing a gold lame thong when he's middle-age. But Mike is the main attraction at Tampa's Club Xquisite, where the owner, Dallas -- excellently played with smarmy, good ol' boy glee by Matthew McConaughey -- has plans of his own.

The big time has come calling: Oh yes, it's Ladies Night and the feeling's right in Miami. Dallas wants to move the club, and his "Kings of Tampa" with it, but Mike is skeptical.

Enter attractive but immature punk Adam (Alex Pettyfer). Sure, he's underage, but he's a natural on stage, and when one of the regular dancers is incapacitated, The Kid is born.

Mike and Dallas see reflections of themselves in Adam, who we learn blew a college football scholarship by getting into a fight with a coach. He's just drifting around, living off his sister, Brooke (Cody Horn), and doing petty, stupid stuff such as swiping cans of Pepsi from a construction site.

After a chance meeting, Mike takes Adam under his wing and introduces him to the brotherhood of the thong.

Mr. Soderbergh won an Academy Award for directing "Traffic" in 2000, and the man knows how to get the best out of an ensemble. Of course, he's had fun, too, such as with the "Ocean's" trilogy. Despite some heavy undertones involving drug use and Mike's growing sense that he's never going to really escape the exotic dance racket, make no mistake: The cast of the six impossibly buff and polished Xquisite troupe had a good time on stage. …

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