Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Riley Keough
Release date: June 29

It takes real men to admit that they’re excited about a movie in which a bunch of buff, shirtless dudes prance around on stages and strip for cash—right? That’s how we’ve been convincing ourselves that Magic Mike is worth the pre-release anticipation, a superficial defense against what should be an easily justifiable project. A gender-reversed Showgrirls, it most certainly isn’t, folks.

For starters, it’s directed by the venerable Steven Soderbergh (Che, the Ocean’s Eleven movies, Traffic), and, after his excellent comedic turn in 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum has earned his stripes as a leading man likeable for both guys and gals. Also co-starring the resurgent Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike has more than enough agreeable components to deflect any claims of questionable masculinity in its male ticket-purchasers.

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