Weekend Picks: ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Ted,’ ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ & ‘People Like Us’
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From Steven Soderbergh's hilarious and cerebral depiction of male strippers to a fowl-mouthed teddy bear to a modern dysfunctional family drama to the latest in Tyler Perry-branded comedy, there really is something for everyone -- except for the little ones.
Spin the wheel of new weekend movie releases and see which one suits you best. (And, as a reminder, "The Amazing Spider-Man" swings into theaters on an unusual day -- this coming Tuesday, July 3.):
Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use.
What's the story?
Is Mike a stripper-entrepreneur or an entrepreneur-stripper? That question, and much much more is answered in this seemingly fluff film that winds up having a lot of heart, soul and swagger. Mike, a guy who wears many hats -- including a hard one for a construction day job -- welcomes newly-aimless college football dropout Adam to the world of male erotic dance. Mike battles his own demons as well as the judgment of Adam's sister, who desperately wants her brother to find his way. Sorority parties gone terribly awry, manscaped skin, reflective moments, hard partying, and many chuckle-inspiring costume changes are just some of the highlights of this visually-and-plot-rich tale, loosely based on the star Channing Tatum's life.
Who will dig it?
Everyone has been saying that straight women and gay men will flock to this film -- and understandably so. But remember, this is a Soderbergh film -- told from a man's perspective. So guys, don't let the sexy Channing Tatum dance clip (below) dissuade you. You. Will. Like. This. Film. Too. (Not to sound crass, but amid all the hairless, tanned, shaking man booties, there are also, ahem, boobs.) The story, the cinematography, the refreshingly well-developed characters -- it's all there.
Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use.