Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
lust and lasciviousness in the Bible
casual, illicit sex / fornication, adultery, sin
NUDITY—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes? Answer
PURITY—Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity is wrong? Answer
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
Matthew McConaughey … Dallas
Channing Tatum … Magic Mike
Olivia Munn … Joanna
Alex Pettyfer … Adam
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|Director||Steven Soderbergh—“Ocean's Eleven” 1-3, “Traffic”|
Nick Wechsler Productions
Reid Carolin … producer
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|Distributor||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Sequel: “Magic Mike XXL” (2015)
As a film reviewer for Christian Spotlight on Entertainment, my task is to rate movies based upon their biblical worldview and to help my brothers and sisters decided whether they should watch a particular film. It is a task that I do not take lightly, as people are counting on me to assist them in their spiritual disciplines and to help them “set a guard” (Psalm 141:3-4) against the wickedness of the world. That being said, with regard to whether people should see “Magic Mike,” I am going to take a page from Nancy Reagan’s 1980s playbook—JUST SAY NO!
In case you’ve missed the onslaught of trailers and have no mental idea of the content of this movie, “Magic Mike” tells the tale of Mike (Channing Tatum), as he learns the male stripper trade from Dallas (Matthew McConaughey). That is pretty much the plot—male exotic dancers who shake and gyrate for their female audiences. So, that right there tells you that there is “nothing to see here” from a biblical worldview.
Some might try to argue that the writers attempt to decry the dangers of this lifestyle—Mike has his eyes on bigger and better things—he doesn’t want to necessarily be a stripper. For him, it is a means to an end. He wants to break free, but the pull of instant money keeps bringing him back to the stage. There is also the dark side of drugs and alcohol addiction and failed relationships. Regrettably, these messages get lost amidst all the bumping and grinding.
The film is loosely based on Channing Tatum’s own experiences as an exotic dancer before he became a superstar. This is a tale, however, that we could have done without.
Violence: Moderate— 2 fights / Profanity: Extreme—OMG (3), “G-damn,” “Jesus,” “Jesus Christ,” “Oh G_d,” “Oh Lord,” “Swear to God,” f-words (around 160), various vulgar slang terms for male and female genitals, etc. / Sex/Nudity: Extreme—males in thongs, Speedos, full rear nudity, bare female breasts, and more—with much vulgar sexual talk and actions (It gets worse, but it would be inappropriate to mention or describe more here.)
“VOTING” FOR BAD MOVIES—Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
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Otherwise, the acting was horrible—the new dancer’s sister was especially terrible!—there didn’t seem to be a script or any apparent story-line until the movie was almost over, no character development, there were way too many side stories that kept showing up with no basis or background, and very lame attempts at humor. I found the many discrepancies/errors or continuity issues very distracting—Examples: the sister is a nurse’s aide and describes her job as “completing nurses” paperwork,” the boss peels off several bills to pay a dancer $50, then you see the dancer’s pile of money with a prominent $50 bill—there were so many my wrists hurt from my frequent “what was that??” gestures!
There were some interesting camera angles and filming techniques, but certainly nothing worth suffering through this boring, painful film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½