Magic Mike’s Last Dance Parent Guide
For a movie that's full of sexually suggestive dancing, this has surprisingly little on-screen sex. It also has very little in terms of plot.
Parent Movie Review
Mike (Channing Tatum) was excited to get his furniture business off the ground but it just couldn’t survive the rigors of a global pandemic, and he’s back to taking odd jobs in Miami to make ends meet. His latest gig is bartender at a charity fundraiser run by Maxandra Mendoza (Salma Hayek), who is currently in the midst of a messy divorce from her exceedingly wealthy husband, Roger (Alan Cox). She’s reliably informed by one of the guests that her bartender, unbeknownst to her, is an exceptional stripper and a lap dance from him might be what she needs to take her mind off things.
Mike’s performance does more than just give Max a mental break. She’s planning on making some major changes to a show at a theater she owns in London, and based on his performance, she decides that Max is just the man to direct it. Once Mike arrives in London, he finds himself trying to learn the ropes and develop a new show, while also managing his burgeoning feelings for his new boss…and hers for him.
Despite the title and premise, this is somehow not the most sexually suggestive movie I’ve ever seen. Sure, there are at least a dozen scenes of either provocative dancing or striptease, but there’s only one actual sexual encounter which happens off-screen and there’s no explicit nudity. (Honestly, I was more disturbed by the non-stop no-touch sexual choreography in Cats, which feels like what would happen if you wanted to make a movie about strippers on the Island of Doctor Moreau.) So this isn’t a real winner for family audiences (which you already knew), but it’s not outright pornographic, either. It’s just raunchy, and after you watch the trailer, that’s no surprise.
If you can look past the sea of oiled-up abs and pecs, there’s some reasonably difficult choreography going on. It’s not easy to do a standing backflip, or pick people up in chairs, let alone doing either while gyrating your hips so aggressively that you could probably give yourself whiplash. The performers in the film, much like actual strippers, have a hard job, and I’m inclined to give them some credit for putting on such a physically demanding performance.
The plot, as you might expect, is regurgitated nonsense and bears no scrutiny. Or, for that matter, any of your attention. It’s perfunctory at best. The point of Magic Mike’s Last Dance is to cram as many seductive dance numbers as possible into 112 minutes - and nothing else. The movie certainly doesn’t take itself seriously, so if you’re planning to sit down and watch it, you shouldn’t take it seriously either. That being said, I must confess that I haven’t seen the previous two installments of the franchise, so if I’m missing some essential backstory that somehow contextualizes the events of this film into something resembling catharsis, I’m sorry. I’m sure someone will correct me if that’s the case – but I’m not holding my breath.Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Salma Hayek Pinault, Channing Tatum, Nancy Carroll. Running time: 112 minutes. Theatrical release February 10, 2023. Updated February 9, 2023
Magic Mike’s Last Dance
Rating & Content Info
Why is Magic Mike’s Last Dance rated R? Magic Mike’s Last Dance is rated R by the MPAA for sexual material and language.
Sexual Content: There are numerous scenes of sexually suggestive dancing, including lap dances, but no on-screen nudity or sexual activity occurs. A man and woman are seen in bed in a post-coital scene and are covered by a sheet. There is some sexual innuendo.
Profanity: There are 43 sexual expletives, 22 scatological curses, and occasional uses of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking socially.
Page last updated February 9, 2023
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Both lead actors have appeared in films that are less focused on sexually suggestive dancing. Most recently, Channing Tatum costars in the screwball comedy, The Lost City, in which he is a book cover model who sets off to rescue an author who has been kidnapped and is being held in the jungle. Tender romance is the theme of The Vow, a film in which Tatum plays a devoted husband whose wife can’t remember him after being in a car accident: he sets out to make her fall in love with him all over again. In White House Down, Tatum is a rogue Secret Service agent who has to save the President during a terrorist attack. Dog sees Tatum as a scarred vet who is transporting a very poorly behaved dog to the funeral of its handler. Tatum’s dance skills come to the fore in Step Up, in which he plays a rebellious street dancer who winds up in an arts school after tangling with he criminal justice system.
Salma Hayek will be most familiar to family audiences for her voice acting as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. She also lends her voice to Cutlass Liz in The Pirates! Band of Mistfits. Hayek hones her action skills in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, where her character makes it difficult for her bodyguards to protect her. Less successfully, she appears in Bliss and The Hummingbird Project.