This item is the refuge of those guys who want to make it appear as though they have no deficiency in confidence and/or sexual security. The guys who will claim that their desire to not see Magic Mike has to do with nothing more than the fact that they don’t like the dudes starring in the movie. In other words: the guys who are just as catty as girls are often stereotyped for being.
Channing Tatum has been well established as the go-to guy for male-on-male hate. However, it’s hard to see how people (cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike) can still make that claim after the actor has turned in such solid work in films like Haywire, his comedic breakout in 21 Jump Street - or even The Vow, which is a much improved romantic-drama than what Tatum previously starred in (Step Up, Dear John). Not saying you have to love the guy – but making the claim that he’s terrible, or the worst actor alive, is slowly but surely starting to sound ridiculous.
Whether it’s Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, pretty boy Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) or True Blood star Joe Manganiello’s tall dark and cut physique, Magic Mike offers many opportunities for guys to point their fingers (guess which one) and say “F that dude.” And while saying “I hate [Actor's Name]” may seem like a much safer reaction than saying “[Actor's Name] is in much better shape and can dance better than I ever will,” it should be remembered: If we’re talking about stereotypical gender traits, cattiness is a typically considered to be pretty girlie, tough guy.
Of course, the items listed above aren’t the only reasons not to see Magic Mike. Another safe avenue to hide on would be the claim that ‘the subject matter just doesn’t appeal to me.’ (Though I find it hard to believe that the subject matter – stripper sub-culture – wouldn’t be appealing to more men if the gender roles were reversed.)
I hardly expect this article to open a floodgate of male interest in the movie, but as stated in my review, Magic Mike does offer a hilarious workplace comedy (and some weaker romantic and character arcs) in addition to its flesh parade sequences. There is plenty there for guys to see, and think about, and laugh about.
It’s an interesting time in our culture, where many gender roles and ideas about sexuality are being revised and/or challenged. In fact, in the end, Magic Mike may have more value as a talking point in the cultural zeitgeist than it ever does as an actual film. As it stands, I’m pretty sure we’ll hear plenty of thoughts and opinions on the matter in the comment section below.
Magic Mike is now playing in theaters.