You know that look a straight guy gets on his face when heís sitting on a department store couch waiting for his girlfriend to finish up whatever the hell it is sheís doing? I saw that look on four miserable faces tonight. If Iíd borrowed my fiancťeís make-up mirror, I would have seen it on a fifth too. Surrounded by seventy-five or eighty women, we five straight dudes occasionally glanced at each other with expressions of annoyed solidarity and waited for the awkwardness of Magic Mike
It got even worse when I was standing in line to get Bunch A Crunch-- two couples behind me began talking about how the guys were going to see Ted
and the girls Magic Mike
. Naturally, I was fucking pissed. These women didnít even seem miffed at all. Their boyfriend were shirking their duty, and here I was, about to watch Matthew McConaughey show me his ass.
Little did I know it was those shirking boyfriends who got the short end of the stick. It turns out Magic Mike
is awesome. It doesnít even need a qualifier saying itís awesome for a movie about male strippers. Itís just flat out awesome. I may not have enjoyed it in the same way as the screaming women alongside me in the packed theater, but I found dozens of moments to laugh and smile. If youíre a straight guy and you donít go see this film, youíre not a clever bastard who successfully bartered with his girlfriend, youíre a dumbass who made the wrong decision.
Hereís five reasons why every straight man will love Magic Mike
Itís Told From A Male Perspective
The majority of theatergoers who see Magic Mike
will undoubtedly be women, but the film isnít told from the perspective of those lusting ladies. Itís seen through the eyes of Magic Mike, and Magic Mike is a dudeís dude. He sees the world through a masculine lens, and his viewpoint is very relatable to men. His interests include meeting the right woman, making as much money as possible and having the occasional threesome. He wants what most straight guys want. He just happens to have a weird job that requires him to buy thongs and pick up screaming women while theyíre sitting in chairs. Sure, youíre going to have to watch him dance and gyrate a few times, but most guys will likely be more impressed by his ability to captivate chicks than weirded out by his lack of clothing.
Wrestling Legend Kevin Nash Has A Big Role
If you didnít watch wrestling as a ten-year-old, first of all, you missed out and second of all, you can skip on to the next paragraph. Itís about to get real nerdy up in here. For those of us who did watch classic WWF/ WCW, Diesel/ Kevin Nash is now an actor. Heís appeared in films like Grandmaís Boy
and Rock Of Ages
over the past few years, but in Magic Mike
, heís finally given a chance to shine. He might not be the best dancer, but he still plays effortlessly cool as well as he did when he left Wrestlemania XI
with Pam Anderson and Jenny McCarthy on his arms and later, when he founded the nWo. Itís great to see heís still kicking ass and in far better shape, mentally and physically, than most of his fellow wrestlers.
The Humor Is Raunchy
ďHow pregnant did you get that girlís mouth last night?Ē Thatís a pretty good example of how the guys in Magic Mike
interact with each other. They sell the idea of sex for a living, and in their personal lives, they take as much of it as they can for free. As humor goes, Magic Mike
has far more in common with The Hangover
than a standard romantic comedy. The stars are well aware of how ridiculous their lives are, and they donít pull any punches in ripping on each other or audience members. Jokes are made about the perils of picking up chubby women, the danger of herpes and the awkwardness of not knowing the names of ladies they just bedded. Thereís also an incredible amount of shot-pounding and plenty of what-the-hell-happened-last-night mornings.
There Is Less Male Nudity And More Female Nudity Than Youíd Expect
Plenty of dudes I know have been dissuaded from seeing this movie because they donít want to watch naked men prance around for two hours. Spoiler alert: youíre going to see some naked dudes if you watch Magic Mike
, but itís not as if thereís junk swinging in and out of every frame. Most of the stripping scenes are relatively short, and they donít feature many gratuitous zoom-in-shots. What the movie actually does feature is plenty of disrobed ladies. Thereís boobs in the opening scene, and they definitely arenít the only ones found throughout the film. Magic Mike
is more a movie about the stripping lifestyle than it is about men stripping, and while that lifestyle involves some thongs, itís not as rampant or gender-biased as you might expect.
Itís A Really Good Movie
Iím not going to lie and say Magic Mike
is the best film youíll see this year, but itís pretty damn good. Soderberghís direction is wonderful. The almost two hour runtime doesnít drag in the least, and the acting convinces you to emotionally invest in the charactersí lives. If youíre the type of person who likes seeing the better movies that come out each year, you should want to see Magic Mike
. You shouldnít care about whether youíll have to sit through a few stripping scenes. You should care about whether youíre missing out, and if you ignore this one to maintain some dude cred, youíll wind up being the one who regrets it. Trust me. I wanted no part of this yesterday, and now, Iím elated I followed my fianceeís advice. You should do the same.