I saw “Magic Mike” tonight. In fact, I saw alot of Magic Mike tonight. And I mean alot.

Movie Poster for Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh

Movie Poster for Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh

And so did the ladies. The theater was filled with about 99 percent women.

And there were audible sighs when Magic Mike appears naked in the first scene of the movie. (from behind, no frontal nudity…)

“Magic Mike” is high on eye candy for the ladies. But, character development is almost non-existent.

I agreed to see Magic Mike (it wasn’t my first choice) because I had seen the previews, and, it appeared as if there was going to be more character development between Magic Mike (played by Channing Tatum) and his love interest (played by Cody Horn).

There wasn’t.

The lack of meaningful plot, and, the total lack of character development in “Magic Mike” surprised me, since the movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Cody Horn’s acting was a pleasant surprise – she plays the love interest of Magic Mike and the big sister of Magic Mike’s younger protege’. Cody Horn’s character, Brooke, must balance her protective tendencies for her brother with her growing fondness for Magic Mike.

Cody Horn is no stranger to Hollywood – she grew up in its lights. Her mother was a model and actress. Her father is the current Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, and, the former Chairman of Warner Brothers.

Cody Horn stars as Brooke in Magic Mike

Cody Horn stars as Brooke in Magic Mike

Soderbergh got his start with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”.

That movie successfully delivered both a general sexiness and meaningful plot development.

“Magic Mike” did not.

Also, there were so many holes in the plot. I was reminded of the phrase, “non sequitur”, which literally means, “it does not follow”.

Many times, plot development was not believable. The characters simply would not have responded in the ways that they did respond. Of course, that’s the screenwriter’s fault.

But, you would hope that a veteran director would at least address these blunders.

I hesitate to mention the specific plot holes. To do so would give away what little plot the movie provided. So, I think I need to leave that alone.

“Magic Mike” would have been a far better movie if about 20 minutes of the approximately one hour of stripping time were replaced with meaningful character development.

Mia Kirschner stars in Exotica

Mia Kirschner stars in Exotica

I call your attention to the movie “Exotica” that takes place in a strip club. Lots of nice eye candy for the men – but still amazing plot development, and, character development.

Of course, if you want to look at scantily clad, attractive men; and, your city does not have a male strip club, then, go see “Magic Mike”, and enjoy. Or, just subscribe to Showtime.

If you want to see a film that combines female nudity with an amazing script, definitely see “Exotica”.

“Exotica” is a film. “Magic Mike” is a late night Showtime or Pay Per View movie.

I suppose both have a place in this world. It’s just surprising to see Steven Soderbergh wasting his time on late night movies. But, I suppose a pay check is a pay check.

(Note: Exotica is on my list of my Favorite 101 Movies).

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