Not So Magic, Abhorrent, and Degrading
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer,
Olivia Munn, Matthew
McConaughey, Cody Horn, Matt
Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe
Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Reid Carolin, Gregory Jacobs,
Channing Tatum, Nick Wechsler
Writer: Reid Carolin
Address Comments To:Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
The movie opens with Mike (Channing Tatum) working several jobs, including one as a male stripper, Mike wants to earn enough money to start a custom furniture business. On his job as a roofer, he meets Adam (Alex Pettyfer), a young man he convinces to try stripping for money. Shy at first, Adam becomes a successful stripper, but is lured into drug dealing to make even more money.
When a strip gig at a sorority house degenerates into a big fight, Mike and Adam are forced to leave behind a large stash of Alex’s drugs. This results in Alex being sought out by his drug suppliers, who want payment for the drugs he lost.
As the movie draws to a close, Adam profusely thanks Mike for introducing him to a career he loves: stripping, having lots of free sex and making good money. The lifestyle Adam professes to love includes a scene where he’s found laying on the floor in his own vomit, looking dead after a night of sex and drugs. He’s “rescued” by Mike and his sister only to return to the vile lifestyle he now loves.
With MAGIC MIKE, Warner Bros. brings to your local theater the full experience of a male strip club, complete with massive vulgarity, sex, nudity, drugs and alcohol. It’s the absolute opposite of the hopes and dreams of Harry Warner.
Speaking at the 1951 Motion Picture Pioneer Awards Harry, one of the four original Warner Brothers, said, “The potential force of motion pictures for good has just begun to be tapped. All we have done is only a foundation for future greatness, but we can take pride in the fact that our foundation is a firm one. It is sold bedrock for future pioneers to build upon.”
With MAGIC MIKE, Warner Bros. executives, including their corporate heads at Time Warner, have undermined the foundation of their company. The secular website IMDB tags the storyline as “A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women and make easy money.” This is not “being a force for good.” In Romans 1, the apostle Paul explains that when men and women abandon God, their minds become darkened, and they do “vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.”
MAGIC MIKE is vile and degrading, with not much of a real plot. It’s mostly just about men trying to sexually arouse groups of women with obscene dances, and worse. Women interested in this movie as revenge for the countless movies that portray women as sex objects will be disappointed. Most of the women in this movie still come across as sex objects. Only, in this movie, they pay the men to grossly disrespect them.
To say this movie deserves MOVIEGUIDE®’s abhorrent (-4) rating is an understatement. It’s so repulsive it makes one discouraged about the state of American culture. The idea that this will play in thousands of multiplex theaters across America is mind-boggling. Most American cities have strip clubs and pornography shops that are seen by the general public as the shameful underside of our culture. Some communities try to keep such establishments out because they know they encourage all sorts of bad behavior (as is well portrayed in the movie).
Reportedly, the movie is partly based on star Channing Tatum’s own experiences as an 18-year-old male stripper. Barry M. Meyer, the Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., is bringing this depraved culture to many of the same local theaters showing BRAVE and MADAGASCAR 3. Equally bad, most of America’s major theater chains are willing to stoop low enough to show it. What none of these people understand is that the promotion of movies like MAGIC MIKE in their theaters is a major reason why fewer and fewer people even want to enter a multiplex theater with their families. Why plunk down $12 per person to see the new MADSAGASCAR movie if my eyes are going to be assaulted with posters promoting male strip clubs?
MAGIC MIKE is the kind of movie that makes you want to work even harder to redeem the media. Harry Warner understood that filmmakers have a moral responsibility to be a force for good. We can pray for and work toward the day when the moguls of America’s leading studios will once again green light all their movies with an eye toward being a force for good rather than depravity.
MAGIC MIKE brings to the movie screen the full experience of a male strip club, complete with massive vulgarity, sex, nudity, drugs, and alcohol. To say it’s absolutely abhorrent is an understatement. It’s so repulsive it makes one discouraged about the state of American culture. Most American cities have strip clubs that are seen by the public as the shameful underside of our culture. The idea that MAGIC MIKE will play in thousands of multiplex theaters across America is mind-boggling.