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It’s Raining Men with Male Eye Candy in Magic Mike


Some girlfriends of mine (and my Mom) were very excited to see the new Channing Tatum film that revolved around male strippers.  These dolls couldn’t wait to see all the hot bodies teased in the movie trailers.  I have to admit, if my friends hadn’t wrangled me to the theatre I most likely would have skipped this flick.

Upon entering the theatre, it looked fairly empty for about five minutes.  At that moment, droves women in packs began to take their seats hooping and hollering the whole time.  If anything else, I thought I would be entertained by the moviegoers.

As it turned out, I was surprisingly entertained and let’s just say the six-pack abs, hot dance moves and screaming women in the theatre (my friends included) certainly helped.

Based on the real-life adventures of Channing Tatum as a once-upon-a-time male stripper, we follow his character Mike on a journey that follows him yearning to start a legitimate business as a furniture designer and packing away the cash for that dream as a male stripper.  Matthew McConaughey is hilariously, slimy as the strip joint owner and castmates Adam Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello make all women wished it “rained men” on a 24-hour basis.

Magic Mike and the hype it provoked reminded me of a little film that made Jennifer Beals a star…Flashdance.  The dance numbers were perfectly costumed to make it look as if we were watching a Broadway caliber male strip show.  Ironically enough, Magic Mike was slated to open on Broadway in summer 2013 with its star and director Steven Soderbergh on board along with screenwriter Reid Carolin and producers Gregory Jacobs and Nick Wechsler.  Few details about the production have been released other than Reid Carolin will write the book and that there will most likely be half-naked, hot, men with six-pack abs.

Get those dollar bills ready ladies…can you say The Full Monty…well, almost.


I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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