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All female reboots are all the rage now, so it's only fitting that every all male ensemble make way for an all-female replacement. Apparently, Magic Mike is no exception. Ellen Degeneres has put together her own band of exotic dancers for a parody of a female reboot to Channing Tatum's male stripper movie. Say hello to Magic Michelle.
As Ellen says in her intro, we've had a female Ghostbusters movie, and we're about to get an all-women Ocean's 11. Knowing that, we can expect to see more reboots in a similar fashion. Of course, Magic Mike is the perfect fodder for parody because Magic Mike itself is essentially the "all-male reboot" of every movie about strippers that's ever been made.
The best part about the parody is that most of the actresses used would likely be considered on the short list for any actual movie like this if it were being made, yet they all do a stellar job of looking completely out of place. Olivia Munn's Honeydew, and her obvious, um, enhancement, is played for perfect comic effect. Chrissy Teigen is a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, but you wouldn't know it the way she's done up here. Also, adding Jenna Dewan-Tatum to the mix is a masterstroke. Including her gives the whole thing a sort of seal of approval. Also, since we know she can dance, she'd be perfect for the movie anyway.
Of course, the real purpose of the bit is to spotlight Ellen Degeneres being awkward as a stripper. At the same time, it's well done. With her "sexy repairwoman" outfit, she's the one who really takes the male stripper parody seriously. The rest of the women aren't doing a spoof of male strippers, they're just poking fun at female stripper stereotypes.
What puts this entire video over the top, however, is the random Oprah appearance. Not exactly the first name you'd think of, but at the same time, that's what makes it work.
As a straight comedy, this wouldn't actually be the worst idea ever. They have already done the female stripper comedy, it was called Striptease and it starred Demi Moore. Of course, that film is fairly old, and one thing Hollywood likes even more than gender swaps, is remakes. Maybe there's an opportunity for Magic Michelle after all.