If Magic Mike, the
2012 stripper drama starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam
Rodriguez, and Matthew McConaughey, was a surprise hit, then the sequel --
hitting theaters on July 1 -- is an all-knowing victory tour.
Strip Club (as well as Matthew McConaughey and a large amount substantive of
plot), Tatum and his band of burly men hit the road in this stripper odyssey,
which serves to celebrate the women who flocked to see first film.
WATCH: Go on the Set of 'Magic Mike XXL'
Magic Mike XXL, if
nothing else, is a love letter to its fans, putting the audience into the sequel.
Joining the cast this time around are Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth
Banks, and Jada Pinkett Smith, all representing stops along the way as the men
journey from Tampa, Fla. to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the 2015 stripper
While fans may go in thinking they’re going to get more of
the same (including plenty of bare asses and washboard abs), stripping is
secondary to the art of seduction. Sure, there’s plenty of rump shaking, but
there’s very little nudity with the men staying largely covered up. (Manganiello’s
bare ass represents the film’s brief, thong-free nudity.)
And that’s OK because the women steal the show, which brings
us to a few highlights from the film:
1. Mike Is Not the Only
One With Magic Touch.