Magic Mike XXL – Film Review

This male stripping sequel is shallow stuff, but often raucously entertaining

For unknown reasons, this sequel to 2012’s Magic Mike doesn’t feature Matthew McConaughey. Perhaps, following his Best Actor Oscar in 2013 for Dallas Buyers Club, he’s decided he no longer needs to star in films set in the world of male stripping. Otherwise, Magic Mike XXL delivers on its title by offering a hell of a lot more shots of dollar bills and greased-up gyrating crotches than its rather smarter predecessor. Its flimsy plot follows retired stripper Mike (Channing Tatum) as he rejoins his old buddies on a road trip to one last male entertainers’ convention, but Magic Mike XXL amounts to little more than a series of set-pieces placing ripped studs in semi-comical scenarios, including a fancy mansion owned by a horny divorcee (a scene-stealing Andie MacDowell). It’s shallow stuff, but often raucously entertaining.

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