Magic Mike

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Magic Mike
Magic Mike.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Produced by Nick Wechsler
Gregory Jacobs
Channing Tatum
Reid Carolin
Written by Reid Carolin
Starring Channing Tatum
Alex Pettyfer
Cody Horn
Matt Bomer
Olivia Munn
Joe Manganiello
Matthew McConaughey
Cinematography Steven Soderbergh
Edited by Steven Soderbergh
Production
company
Nick Wechsler Productions
Iron Horse Entertainment
Extension 765
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (US)
FilmNation Entertainment (International)[1]
Release dates
  • June 24, 2012 (2012-06-24) (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • June 29, 2012 (2012-06-29) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million[3][4]
Box office $167,221,571[4]

Magic Mike is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey. The plot revolves around Adam, a 19-year-old who enters the world of male stripping, guided by Mike Lane, who has been in the business for six years.

The film is loosely based on the experiences of Tatum, who was an 18-year-old stripper in Tampa, Florida. Magic Mike was filmed in Los Angeles and Tampa. It premiered as the closing film for the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 24, 2012, and was widely released by Warner Bros. on June 29, 2012. The film received positive reviews upon its release and was a box-office success.

Plot[edit]

Mike Lane has big plans for a business of his own but pays his bills through a series of odd jobs, most notably performing as the star stripper at Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa, a club owned by Dallas, who plans to move the act to Miami.

Mike soon meets 19-year-old Adam, who has recently left school, and is looking for a construction job. Adam quickly loses his job at the construction site and is offered a ride home by Mike. Adam admits to his sister Brooke that he lost his job. She offers to take him to dinner with her and her boyfriend to discuss possible job options. However, Adam finds himself bored and leaves; while walking down the street, he runs into Mike outside of a club. Mike brings him inside and Adam manages to talk to two girls, one of whom just turned 21. Mike invites them to come see the show at Xquisite.

Mike introduces Adam to Dallas, saying that Adam can do props for the show. Dallas agrees but tells Adam to do whatever the guys tell him to do. Backstage, Mike introduces Adam to Big Dick Richie, Ken, Tito, and Tarzan, four other strippers who work with Mike. Mike also introduces Adam to Tobias, the DJ and drug dealer for the strippers. He gives the strippers a bottle of G, a drug that helps take the edge off. The show begins and Adam witnesses the strippers in action. When it's Tarzan's show, they find him unconscious, having ingested too much G. Desperate for a place holder, Mike throws Adam on stage. Awkward at first, Adam eventually gets used to it and even gives a lap dance to the 21-year-old old he met at the club. The strippers praise him for his quick thinking and Adam gets a taste of the lifestyle of a stripper.

The next morning, Adam introduces Mike to Brooke, with whom he tries to flirt but with no success. He leaves in a hurry and over the next few days, shows Adam the ropes of being a stripper, including helping him buy thongs. Eventually, Adam admits to Brooke that he is a male stripper. Brooke comes to see the show and talks with Mike. She makes Mike promise to look after Adam. Mike gives her his word before going on stage. Before Brooke leaves she witnesses Mike in action, showing slight interest. The next day, Mike tries to get a loan from the bank to start a custom furniture business. He offers his life savings of $13,000 as a down payment but he is denied the loan, forcing him to stay in the stripping business.

On the 4th of July, the strippers, Adam, Mike and Brooke head to a sandbar for a party. While there, Brooke asks about the stripping lifestyle and admits that Adam once had a football scholarship but lost it after getting into a fight with the coach on the first practice of the season. Now he wanders around, wondering what to do with himself. A few days later, Dallas hosts a Hurricane party where he announces that he will be moving their act to Miami in the beginning of September. Everyone is thrilled except Mike. While there, Tobias brings Adam into his scheme of selling drugs to the clients to make more money. He gives Adam a $10,000 pack worth of pills to sell.

In August, Mike and Adam perform at a sorority where Adam gives a pill to one of the girls. Not long after, the girl's boyfriend attacks him and he and Mike make a quick get away. While Adam is caught up in the thrill of the fight, Mike yells at him about selling pills to girls he doesn't know. Adam admits that he left the pack at the house but Mike refuses to go back, although he does ask how much it was worth. Adam lies and says there was only $1,000 worth. Mike finally witnesses the new Adam, reckless and arrogant. Back at Xquisite, Dallas and Mike get into an argument because Mike didn't collect money from the girls and accuses Mike of messing up his reputation for his big move. Mike retorts that it's his and Adam's reputations that are making the big move and that he can walk out of the door any time he wants to. But Dallas says that he can't, he won't and he never will. While this is happening, Adam confesses to Tobias that he lost the pack of pills, Tobias says he needs to sort it out but Adam arrogantly blows him off.

After the next night's show, Mike and Adam take drugs and have sex with random women. The next morning, Brooke is banging on Mike's door wondering where Adam is. They find him passed out in a pool of his own vomit. Brooke snaps and accuses Mike of letting this happen and failing to protect Adam. She then breaks down in tears as Mike carries Adam to her car. Later after sitting on the beach, thinking over what Brooke said, Mike returns home to find two men ransacking his house, he attacks them but is overpowered before Tobias can pull them off him. Tobias says they don't work for him and that they want Adam. Tobias reveals that the pack of drugs Adam lost was worth $10,000 and the guys are the dealers looking for their payment. Mike offers most of his life savings to cover Adam's debt and talks to Tobias about Adam's new reckless attitude. Mike tries to speak with Adam but Adam is too excited about Miami and too full of himself to listen, only thanking Mike for his new lifestyle. Later Mike tries to apologize to Brooke but she flatly tells him she can't be around his lifestyle. Mike tries to tell her he's not his lifestyle, but she just asks if he believes what he is saying. Hurt by her words, he leaves.

On Xquisite's final night, Dallas returns to stripping and practically steals the show. Mike, having had time to think over Brooke's words, combined with the fact that Dallas is only driven by greed and doesn't care about any of them, leaves through the back door. After finding out that Mike has left, Dallas offers Adam Mike's place in the group of strippers. Mike drives to Brooke's place and tells her that he is done with stripping but since he gave most of his cash away, he is not sure what to do for money. Brooke admits that Adam told her what Mike did for him and is shocked that he would do that after how Adam has been acting. They discuss what Mike will do for work, and Brooke asks if he wants to get some food and talk about it, also mentioning that she has recently broken up with her boyfriend. Mike agrees, but since its late at night, they will have to wait seven hours before they can. Mike asks what should they do for seven hours. The sit in silence for a moment until he grabs her hand and she spontaneously kisses him before the credits roll.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Magic Mike is directed by Steven Soderbergh based on a screenplay by Reid Carolin, who is also one of the film's producers. The screenplay is in part inspired by Channing Tatum's experiences as a stripper in Tampa, Florida, when he was 18 years old. Tatum told that he wanted to capture the atmosphere and energy of his past as a stripper, but that the film is fictional, which allowed them to create their own scenarios.[10] The project, announced in April 2011[11] was co-financed by Soderbergh and Tatum.[12] In 2010, Tatum told an Australian newspaper that he would like to make a movie about his experiences as a stripper, saying, "I've already got the director picked out. I'd like Nicolas Refn, who did the film Bronson, to do it because he's insane for it."[13] Refn initially agreed on doing the film because Tatum and he were going to do another movie together. However, since that project did not get off the ground and due to his busy schedule, Tatum, who was then working with Soderbergh on Haywire, brought him the idea.[14] After Soderbergh cast Tatum and Pettyfer in the lead roles, Carolin spent time revising the screenplay.[6] He wrote the first draft in a month.[15] Soderbergh suggested showing two points of view in the film: seeing through the eyes of young Adam and of his mentor Mike.[16]

The dance numbers were choreographed by Alison Faulk, while Christopher Peterson was in charge of the costumes design and Frankie Pine supervised the music.[16] Over the film, several dance numbers were performed. Music producer Jack Rayner created a special dubstep version of the song "It's Raining Men" sung by Countré Black for the dance sequence that features the ensemble for the first time together without The Kid.[17] For that sequence, Peterson chose to use spray glitter on the umbrellas and raincoats to give them a wet effect.[16] The Kid's first strip did not purposely have any choreography and it was Pettyfer's idea to show his bottom.[18] Before doing his moves, Pettyfer did not know the song that was going to be played which ended up being Madonna's "Like a Virgin" performed by Nashville recording artist Chris Mitchell.[16][19] The five-stripper group performed the song "Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)" with lyric changes on the military-themed number.[20] The scene during which Mike and Adam arrive at a sorority house dressed as cops was not in the original script but was Peterson's idea.[21] Music supervisor Pine initially planned to use Kid Rock's "Cowboy" for the cowboy-themed number featuring The Kid. When it was not possible, she chose Big & Rich's "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" instead.[22] Knowing Tatum's dance skills, Faulk gave him the permission to freestyle for Mike's last solo dance on the dubstep song "Calypso" by Excision and Datsik.[23] McConaughey who had no stripping scene in the original script requested to have one which became the last dance number during which he first sings "Ladies of Tampa" and then strips. The song was written in three hours by music supervisor Frankie Pine, Matthew McConaughey and Martin Blasick, McConaughey's guitar coach.[24] The thongs were made by company Pistol Pete.[16]

Casting[edit]

On August 16, 2011, it was reported that Matthew McConaughey had landed a role in the film.[5] He was the first person cast, aside from Tatum.[16] McConaughey told that Soderbergh called him to offer him the role of Dallas. After Soderbergh pitched him the story, McConaughey laughed and in 10 minutes he accepted the role. It was the second time he accepted a role over the phone; the first time was for a Richard Linklater film. Commenting on the role, the actor said: "I knew that I was just going to be able to fly. It was really fun to play someone so committed, in many ways."[14][25] Joe Manganiello accepted the role of Big Dick Richie after talking to What to Expect When You're Expecting co-star Chris Rock who convinced him to do it.[26] Cody Horn gave her insight on how she got the part of Brooke:

They weren't going to see me because they thought I was too young, but my agent, Jason, fought for me to go in. Carmen Cuba, the casting director, agreed to meet with me, and we taped the interview. She asked me questions about my life, my dating history, things like that. We talked like girlfriends would; it was more friendly than a formal interview. I then got a call that I was to go in and audition for them, which I did. After we finished the scenes, Carmen excused the guy I was reading with and said, "this will never happen to you again for the rest of your career, but you booked the role before you came in."[27]

The cast visited a strip club to see what this world was like and the dance routines and to get information on the backstage life.[15] To prepare for the role, McConaughey went in a Los Angeles strip mall to get used to regular waxing.[28] Matt Bomer had to put on about 15 pounds for his part.[29] Adam Rodriguez went through a cardio and weights training.[16]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography commenced in Playa del Rey, Los Angeles in September 2011[30] and concluded in Tampa by late October.[31] The scenes that took place in the fictional club Xquisite were filmed in Studio City, Los Angeles.[32] Locations in Florida included the Fort Desoto Bridge, the Dunedin coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa, Ybor City, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Tierra Verde.[16][33] Soderbergh chose to shoot the entirety of the film with a double straw camera filter, except the interior of the club.[16]

Music[edit]

Magic Mike: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released June 26, 2012
Length 36:18
Label WaterTower Music

The soundtrack was released on June 28, 2012, through WaterTower Music.[34][35] Other songs featured in the film include Cobra Starship's "#1Nite", Sean Paul's "Got 2 Luv U", and Ginuwine's "Pony".[36]

Track listing
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Breakdown"   Alice Russell 3:45
2. "It's Raining Men"   Countré Black 1:57
3. "Bang Bang Boom"   The Unknown 1:58
4. "Gimme What You Got"   Black Daniel 3:13
5. "Just For Now"   Cloud Control 3:57
6. "Money"   Ringside 2:54
7. "Sassy Sexy Wiggle"   Joe Tex 4:02
8. "Mo Cash!"   Vegas Audio Ninjas 2:08
9. "Wash U Clean"   Beth Thornley 3:13
10. "Victim"   Win Win & Blaqstarr 3:37
11. "Ladies of Tampa"   Matthew McConaughey 1:14
12. "Feels Like the First Time"   Foreigner 4:20

Release[edit]

Warner Bros. Pictures acquired US distribution rights to the independently produced film on October 27, 2011. Magic Mike was first screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival as the closing film on June 24, 2012, and was widely released on June 29, 2012, in the United States.[37][38]

Marketing[edit]

The first full-length trailer for Magic Mike was released on iTunes on April 18, 2012 with a poster indicating the film's name.[39] The first poster featuring the cast was released on June 1, 2012, along with a new trailer.[40] A second poster followed on June 4, 2012, and a fourth trailer was released on June 13, 2012.[41][42] To promote the film, Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer participated in a photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly that came out in the May 25, 2012, issue.[43] Tatum, McConaughey, and Manganiello attended the MTV Movie Awards where they presented the award for the best on-screen transformation. During the presentation, Manganiello arrived dressed as a fireman stripper.[44]

The promotional campaign, which originally centered on women, also targeted the gay community after it had been made clear that there was a strong interest among them.[45] Warner Bros. enlisted entertainment marketing agency the Kartel Group to market the film to gay men.[45] Website AfterElton.com noted that gay men could not connect with the first trailer as the film "was marketed as a romantic comedy" through Tatum and Horn's relationship, but that it changed when the camapaign also focused on "the male form part of it [the film]" through a red-band trailer (the fourth one).[45] In June 2012, a Magic Mike float was included in the West Hollywood gay pride parade and in other gay pride events such as in New York and in San Francisco.[46]

Box office[edit]

Magic Mike proved to be a box office hit, grossing $113,721,571 and $53,500,000 outside North America with a total gross of $167,221,571 worldwide from a modest $7 million budget; it is the highest top-grossing movie under the Dance genre.[4] On its opening day (June 29, 2012), the film performed better than expected, earning about $19 million including a $2 million midnight run.[47][48] It finished the weekend at the second spot behind Ted with a total of $39,127,170.[49] It was the first time two R-rated films grossed more than $21 million each during a weekend.[50] CinemaScore reported that audiences gave a "B" average grade.[48]

On its opening weekend, Magic Mike attracted an audience of 73% females, including 43% of women over the age of 35.[51] Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, said this phenomenon could be compared to Sex and the City, which had also appealed to large groups of women.[50]

Reception[edit]

Magic Mike has received positive reviews. Based on 186 reviews collected by aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an 80% approval rating, with an average score of 6.9/10. The site's critical consensus is, "Magic Mike '​s sensitive direction, smart screenplay, and strong performances allows audiences to have their beefcake and eat it too."[52] By comparison, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range based reviews from top mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 72, indicating "generally positive reviews", based on 38 reviews.[53] The movie also launched Academy Award buzz for Matthew McConaughey as Dallas.[54][55][56] He, however, was not selected for inclusion among the nominees, which was described as a "snub" by many.[57][58][59][60][61][62]

Magic Mike appeared on several critics' lists of the best films of 2012:

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Broadcast Film Critics Association[65] Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society[66][67] Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey
Houston Film Critics Society[68][69] Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey
Independent Spirit Awards[70][71] Best Supporting Male Matthew McConaughey Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards[72] Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey (Also for Bernie)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards[73] Best Supporting Actor Matthew McConaughey (Also for Bernie)
People's Choice Awards[74][75] Best Dramatic Film Magic Mike Nominated
Favorite Movie Actor Channing Tatum (also for 21 Jump Street and The Vow)
Favorite Dramatic Actor Channing Tatum (also for The Vow)
MTV Movie Awards[76] Best Male Performance Channing Tatum
Best Shirtless Performance Channing Tatum
Best Musical Moment Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash and Adam Rodríguez

Home media[edit]

Magic Mike was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 23, 2012. 698,497 DVD units were sold within its first week, generating revenue of $10,449,515. As of December 23, 2012, DVD sales totaled over 1.9 million units with $26,362,047 in revenue.[77]

Sequel[edit]

Main article: Magic Mike XXL

In a Twitter Q&A in July 2012, Tatum confirmed work on a sequel. The actor responded: "Yes, yes and yes! We're working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger."[78] By March 2014, Magic Mike first assistant director Greg Jacobs had been chosen to direct the sequel, titled Magic Mike XXL and scheduled to begin shooting in Northern Hemisphere autumn 2014.[79] The film is set for July 3, 2015 release.[80]

Stage musical[edit]

Reid Carolin, who wrote the film, is adapting the film as a stage musical for Broadway.[81]

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