The Magic Mike trailer has been released, so be prepared to see Channing Tatum sans shirt for the better part of two-and-a-half minutes.
Magic Mike is loosely based on Tatum’s own time as a dancer and follows a male stripper through life. A veteran stripper, he takes a newbie, Alex Pettyfer, under his wing and falls in love with his sister, Cody Horn. Matthew McConaughey makes an appearance in the movie as Tatum’s boss, the club owner.
The music that accompanies the Magic Mike trailer, Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” is perfect for the plot of the film; Horn’s character is skeptical of Tatum’s profession, yet they can’t seem to get away from each other. She pushes him to leave his career as a stripper in order to pursue his true passion of creating custom-made furniture.
The Huffington Post said of Magic Mike, “Tatum and Soderbergh (the director) have compared “Magic Mike” to “Saturday Night Fever,” but the trailer ignores any of the film’s darker moments in favor of good-time partying [and] walks on the beach.”
MTV tracked down a real-life male stripper to ask him if the trailer was authentic to his lifestyle. He said, “The bachelorette party, the whole thing is totally legit.” He also commented on the authenticity of the relationship between Tatum and Horn, “The whole rigamarole, as far as being in a relationship and being a stripper, 95 percent of the comments of the girlfriends or the significant others give are like, ‘When are you gonna give this up? When are you gonna get a real job?’ or what have you. So, they really captured that as well, which is really funny.”
The dancing in Magic Mike is also legit; Tatum gets to relive his days as a male stripper. He told Ellen DeGeneres of his past career, “Look, I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of it.” He had been in a tight spot when he was younger and needed a way to pay his rent.
Overall, the reviews have been positive and the movie is predicted to do well in box office.