Important Elements of “Magic Mike” That You Should Familiarize Yourself With Before Going to See “Magic Mike XXL”

by Lincoln Sedlacek

Main Storyline:
Channing Tatum’s Abs

B Storyline:
Matt Bomer’s Ass

Important Character Names:
Magic Mike
Dallas
The Hot Guy Who Wasn’t Magic Mike
No, the Other Hot Guy
Who? Oh, One of the People Who Wasn’t a Male Stripper?

Major Cinematic Themes:
The Loss of Innocence
Decline into Depravity
Pelvic Thrusting

Notable Reviews:
“A great movie, no ifs, ands, or–wait, actually, lots of butts.”
The New Yorker
“A terrible double-standard. Do you see movies objectifying women’s bodies like that?”
—Some jackass
“Well, there goes my plan for Downton Abbey, Season Four.”
—Julian Fellowes

Literary Work Frequently Alluded to in Dialogue:
The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Subject Matter:
It’s a movie about male strippers, in case that detail somehow got past you.

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