If you're a frequent listener of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast, then you know that Steven Soderbergh's male stripper dramedy Magic Mike is a project that first piqued our interest a while back (that joke writes itself).
No doubt, you have already watched the full-length trailer above - and, for our money, it does not disappoint, as far as teasing a male... uh, striptease comedy that looks as entertaining as those previously-released promo images (which include Matthew McConaughey as a "sexy" Uncle Sam, among other strange spectacles) suggested.
Magic Mike was largely inspired by star Channing Tatum's own experiences as a professional stripper, during his pre-Hollywood days. The film revolves around the title character (Tatum) as he mentors a newcomer dubbed "The Kid" (Alex Pettyfer) in the art of "partying, picking up women, and making easy money." Mike thereafter begins a relationship with his student's sister, Paige (Cody Horn) and looks to try his hand at a more sustainable (and fulfilling) career.
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This early footage from Magic Mike bears many a hallmark of readily-recognizable "Soderbergh cinema," including the sharp Red One camera system photography, smart dialogue that doesn't call attention to itself - and solid performances all around, including from people like Pettyfer and Tatum, who are not exactly known for their acting chops.
Then again, Tatum's already on a roll in 2012, following his well-liked leading turns in such popular titles as The Vow and 21 Jump Street. The latter film in particular has convinced many people that Tatum's true strengths as an actor lie in the realm of self-aware comedy - and so far, Magic Mike looks to only lend further credence to that claim.
Scripting duties on Magic Mike were handled by Reid Carolin, a relatively untested feature-length screenwriter who helped provide music for The Vow and co-conceived the idea for the upcoming Peter Pan flick, Neverland (along with Tatum, who is producing).
The narrative setup for Magic Mike - wherein an "underground performer" yearns to go "legit" - isn't anything revolutionary, but Carolin and Soderbergh together look to offer a clever inversion on that tried-and-true story by adding a male twist (similar to the female twist in Soderbergh's black ops thriller, Haywire).
If nothing else, the sheer amount of beefcake on display in this flick guarantees certain moviegoers will be all too ready to give Magic Mike a shot (again, that joke writes itself).
Look for Magic Mike to hit theaters around the U.S. on June 29th, 2012.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers
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