Run time: 110 mins
Back to cheer the ladies?? In ‘lock-down’. This Soderbergh movie takes place in the milieu of male strip-clubs in Tampa, Florida, but its interest is in the lives of these strippers. It’s about masculinity as something to sell, something performed, and something that may not last forever. In the title role is Channing Tatum, who started his career as a male stripper in Tampa, aged 19! This is based on his own experiences. Tatum has shown promise elsewhere, but it’s under Soderbergh’s guidance that he feels wholly energised and harnessed. Beyond the role’s physical demands, he nails it dramatically too. Mike’s dream and hope of escape is to build rather uncomfortable-looking custom furniture out of junk!
“Soderbergh composes the movie with matter-of-fact care. A classy film on a tacky subject, without dressing it up in ways to betray the setting, or apologise for what it’s about.” (Telegraph)
“For all its social insightfulness, this isn’t an inward-looking indie movie in a minor-key. Soderbergh is out to give audiences a good time, and he succeeds. Its trajectory may be predictable, but it doesn’t stop it from being the best movie about dudes disrobing since The Full Monty?” (Total Film) Worth the strip? You decide.