Since I’ve started this site, I’ve written a lot of reviews. In case you missed some of my earlier ones, I would like to share an older review of “Magic Mike XXL” which originally appeared here.
Mike and the gang are back. When we catch up with Mike, we see him trying to live his new life, retired from stripping and working for his custom furniture business. Despite being gone from his former profession and being away from his best friends, he still misses them and what he used to do. He misses the excitement and the feeling of being on stage. Opportunity soon comes knocking when his friends look him up as they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for a stripper convention. With the promise of outrageous fun, he just can’t resist the chance to join in and take it off again. Even though his friends looked him up again, resentment remains as some have not forgiven him for leaving them. Emotions run wild and hilarity ensues as Mike and the gang travel from Tampa to Myrtle Beach making stops along the way while healing wounds and meeting some new friends. This is their last ride and they want to leave on top and the gang goes through a journey of self-discovery to find out how to do that.
I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. This movie was way more funny than I expected and I was also more entertained than I expected. This is due to the good script. The scenes where the guys were interacting with one another were just silly and fun. You can really see the chemistry that the actors have seeing that it is the second movie they have done together. The film’s new additions all fit in nicely in a supporting role and didn’t take away from the main plot. It took a while before we got any real dancing but when we did, it was very aerobic, energetic, and most importantly erotic. I personally thought that there should have been more dancing all around but the dancing we got was well shot and well done choreography-wise. I saw some things that I have never seen before. Sure it was a little too long, sure they could have done without a few parts that I will not mention. I can understand why they took that path since parading good looking people on screen will garner the attention of the ladies who are really whom this movie caters to. Oh the women in this movie, it hurt me on a personal level to see so much money rained on all the strippers shown in the movie. I hope the money being used wasn’t real because I just kept imagining what I could have done with all that money. Overall, this movie is not as bad as some people are making it out to be but I can understand why people will stay away from this one. But if you are into guy movies (who happen to be strippers) or movies about guys (who happen to be strippers) coming together, you will not be disappointed.