McConaughey is especially good as Dallas, the good ol' bad boy running Club Xquisite. He seems like everybody's friend until he gets crossed, and then McConaughey makes the life of the party turn ugly. Dallas is a variation on Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused” but with a mean streak, and it is good to see McConaughey taking stronger, weirder roles these days.
The obvious precursor to “Magic Mike” is Paul Thomas Anderson's “Boogie Nights,” another film that explored the margins of adult entertainment, but Soderbergh seems to be aiming more for 1970s drive-in dramas.
The film is set in the present, but it's not hard to imagine Burt Reynolds playing Magic Mike 40 years ago. While “Magic Mike” is most likely to get attention for all the oiled-up dancers dressed like Village People, it is far more interesting when it's not “raining men.”
— George Lang
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Cody Horn. (Pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use)