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Magic Mike was different to what I expected, but different in a good way.

It's the story of stripper Mike (Channing Tatum) who takes young, new guy Adam, aka 'The Kid' (Alex Pettyfer), under his wing and introduces him to a way to make some fast cash.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike stars Matthew McConaughey & Channing Tatum as strippers

The movie was funny at the start as we were introduced to characters in lycra and assless chaps, but took on more of a drama feel as it got going.

Tatum had some thrilling dance moves that showed off his flexible hips, strong legs and included plenty of well-timed thrusts. His stunning moves made up for some of the holes in the plot of Magic Mike.

Matthew McConaughey almost stole the show as Dallas - the older leader of the all-male dance review. He looked like he was in his element in his super tight short shorts. His character was a mockery of everything tacky about stripping - the outfits, the lifestyle and the 'bam, look at this' dance moves.

Magic Mike
The Kid (Pettyfer) learns new dance moves from Matthew McConaughey

There was some sex (but not as graphic as expected) and some romance and overall, Magic Mike felt like a cross between Coyote Ugly (the male version) and Boogie Nights (for the seedier side of the stripper industry).

Not just a movie for horny women - guys will probably enjoy this one too. Yes, really.

PS. There's already talk of a Magic Mike 2.

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Why? Channing Tatum is practically naked.
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
Cost: Check with local cinema
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by Richard Leathem on 26/07/2012
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