I wasn't very enthusiastic when I heard we were getting a sequel to 2012's excellent Magic Mike. Do we need to see this same cast of beefheads grind on each other some more, I wondered, but with higher stakes? Does anyone need more of this? Answers: Yes and OMG YES. FUCK YES. SO MUCH. Channing Tatum returns as Mike Lane, the stripper with a wang of gold. Three years after the first film, Mike's now running his own custom furniture business and wears shirts to his job. Then his old stripper — sorry, MALE ENTERTAINER — pals call him up for a road trip to a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach! Chatum balks for all of four seconds, and then away they go. I loved every second of Magic Mike XXL because I love dancing and hot guys and glitter. But I also loved it because it's important to this moment in society. Instead of seeing women as nothing but orifices and/or nags, the dudes of MMXXL worship them. During their panty-moistening dance routines, Magic Mike & Co. grind on women of all colors and shapes, and not one would pinch his nose while burying it in some lady's crotch. When the dudes ask each other about their sexual conquests, they ask, "She bang you?" instead of "You fuck her?" These dudes consciously make the man the passive party, and the woman the doer. People, this is PROGRESS! And not only that, but while these men surely recognize the homoeroticism of what they do, there isn't a single gay joke to be found in Magic Mike XXL. It is the most pro-woman, anti-homophobia film I've seen in a long time. The fact that it's loaded with hot dudes and dance numbers... well, that's nice too (115 min.).
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Producer: Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin and Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Jada Smith