Not Surprising: Magic Mike XXL is Rated XXL-ish

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Rated R – Strong sexual content – particularly in scenes where characters perform striptease dances. No sexual activity. Only nudity is the back side of guys wearing thongs.   Dancing involves intimate contact with female patrons, suggestive dance moves which mimic sexual activity.  Strong language. If the f-ing or mother-ing bothers you, this won’t be fun for you.  And, drug use.

115 minutes (just call it 2 hours)

Comedy/Drama/Music

Cast:                                                                                                                            Channing Tatum (Magic Mike,)  Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie,) Matt Bomer (Ken,)  Kevin Nash (Tarzan,) Adam Rodriguez (Tito,) Jada Pinkett Smith (Rome,) Amber Heard (Zoe,) Michael Strahan (Augustus,) Donald Glover (Andre.)

Storyline:
The Xquisite Strip Club in Tampa is shutdown.  Dallas is nowhere to be found.  Mike has started a custom furniture company.   But the other guys are just not ready to stop dancing without one last big performance.  So they head to Myrtle for the male strippers convention, a road trip that becomes a personal journey for each of the dancers and many of the women they meet.

Initial reaction:
You have to see this movie with a serious sense of humor! No one dances like these guys in real life, at least not in any dance club I’ve been to in Kansas City. The sexual gyrations are cross between athletically outstanding and ridiculously raunchy. There’s so much twerking, and grinding, and pumping that it’s hilarious.

Better than the first?                                                                                             What makes this Magic Mike XXL a LOT better than the first one is the storyline. How they reconnect, travel, the stops along the way, the people they meet provides a lot more texture without ever getting too serious. We learn more about each of their personalities, their qualities, their fears.  Who knew Ken was so zen?  Who knew that Big Richie had some issues with the ladies?  And who knew Jada Pinkett Smith could be such a bad ass?  What’s Jada Pinkett Smith doing there? She becomes their new emcee and actually makes us women feel better by giving us permission to indulge in this naughty fun.

A few favorite elements: 
1) The spontaneous dance scenes in places that actually made total sense.
2) An encounter with women MY age which felt like I was with girlfriends.

3) The way the male strippers revered the woman they came in contact with treating them like queens and reminding all of us that no matter our size, shape, or age every woman deserves to be feel good about herself and that includes her sexuality.

4) Surprise appearance by Michael Strahan!

RATINGS:

Arruga! = 2
Fidget Factor = 1
Age Range = 21 and up
Overall Grade = B+

Side note: A dear friend years ago taught me, “It doesn’t matter where you get your appetite as long as you go home for dinner.”  So ladies it’s okay to have a night laughing and screaming as some sexy guys on a giant movie screen.  Indulge!  You’re not hurting anyone and after coming home to your husband, he may send you back to see it again!

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