(Photos: Magic Mike © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
I caught quite a bit of flak from male friends about seeing this movie – “Why are you going to see that?” “You are so shallow.” “Have fun at your stripper movie!” On the way home, Alix relayed a similar story (We also discussed the general nastiness of male strippers, but that’s another story for another time). Her male coworkers/friends said things like “I thought you’re better than that” and “I didn’t realize you’re so superficial.” Seriously, boys?!? Seriously???
I’m sure they’ll say they were just kidding, and on some level, I’m sure they were, but it also has that oh-so-familiar stink of a double standard. I mean, in Columbiana, did running around in her underwear and/or catsuit make Zoe Saldana a better contract killer? Of course not, but Zoe Saldana looks darn good in underwear and/or a catsuit. Name the last time a woman being topless in a movie added depth to her character? Yeah, that’s what I thought. A number of years back, I watched Blade Trinity with a group of guy friends and could not hold my tongue when it came to the gratuitous, Jessica Biel shower scene. Me: “How on earth did that advance the plot?” Them: “Dude, she’s hot!!”
Well, now it’s our turn. Dude, Channing Tatum is hot!
And they all look pretty good with their clothes on too.
I’ve been racking my brain and I cannot think of another movie in recent times that has been so openly directed toward women (and gay men) when it comes to the hotness factor and/or makes men so uncomfortable. Can you? Sex in the City was the best comparison I could come up with, but that still really isn’t comparable. Men just rolled their eyes and said, “I’m not going.” They didn’t have such a visceral reaction – “just kidding” or otherwise.
As for the movie, it was entertaining. Not exactly what you’d call deep (even when it tried to be) or all that substantive, but I think we’ve already established that wasn’t why we were there. I’ve heard rumors they are going to make it into a Broadway musical and that there are talks of Magic Mike 2. Obviously there is a market and the guys are just going to have to get used to sharing blatant objectification.