Steven Soderbergh has a pretty impressive filmography when it comes to directing and Magic Mike is one of the more financially successful ones. The hype and fandom surrounding it was tough to read into when the film came out but I think it’s a really interesting look into stripping as a part of someone's day to day life and it’s just flat out entertaining.
Magic Mike (Tatum) is a jack of all trades who juggles multiple jobs, including one where he strips at a club owned by a go-getter named Dallas (McConaughey). One day, Mike meets a young dude named Adam (Pettyfer) who sleeps on his sister's couch and introduces him to Dallas and the life of stripping. Adam is young and unpredictable but Mike promises his sister that he will look after him.
Magic Mike is interesting in the way that a film like Boogie Nights is interesting. It focuses on a specific lifestyle and shows some ups and downs within characters living in it. Channing Tatum gives a performance with tremendous range as Mike but it’s Matthew McConaughey as Dallas who steals the show for me. He dominates the screen when he is on it and uses the "alright alright alright" in perfect scenarios. Reid Carolin wrote both Magic Mike films, but this one just has way more to say.