Men bring the moves, but ladies take charge in 'Magic Mike XXL'

Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:59pm EDT
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By Kara Warner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Mike may have the magic, but it's the ladies that have the control in "Magic Mike XXL," as five buff men cater to the female gaze in the supercharged raunchy male stripper movie sequel.

The film, out in U.S. theaters July 1, follows 2012's surprise hit "Magic Mike," with Mike (Channing Tatum) rejoining the Kings of Tampa, his rogue band of male entertainers (Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash), for one last ride to an annual stripper convention.

"XXL" serves up elements of a road trip, but the introduction of new female players like Rome (Jada Pinkett Smith) make the film all about what women really want from the men in their lives.

"The first one, we just wanted to make a weird movie about a weird subculture that we hadn't seen on film and that was it," said Tatum, who serves as a producer on the film, the first of which was loosely based on his own experiences as a male dancer.

"This is getting to hang out with the buddies again and ... hopefully try to push the conversation."

Pinkett Smith, who plays the proprietress of an exotic female-only club where women are entertained by male dancers, said she appreciated being consulted on the female point of view.     

"Any time you're dealing with sex, it's really important to have an authentic female perspective included because men can't really know how we live in this space and how we relate to this space and what we really need," she said.

Andie MacDowell, who plays fun-loving southern woman Nancy in the film, said "XXL" slyly tapped into women being able to enjoy male entertainment without feeling shame.    Continued...

Director of the movie Gregory Jacobs (R), writer of the movie Reid Carolin (4th from R) pose with cast members (from -R) Stephen Boss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, Matt Bomer, Elizabeth Banks, Chnning Tatum, Adam Rodriguez and Joe Manganiello. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni