Male strippers review Magic Mike XXL: 'It was very much like a documentary'
Reviews of Magic Mike have been relatively lukewarm but they're mostly written by men and, given 96 per cent of the audience this weekend were women, it probably fares much better on the audience satisfaction scale.
However, the people really equipped to review a flick about the world of male stripping are strippers themselves.
With that in mind, Variety enlisted the skills of two top US strippers - Armand Peri, the owner of the New York’s Hunk-O-Mania nightclub, and Ahmed Rhodes aka GQ - to analyse Magic Mike XXL's realism.
With GQ suggesting it plays out "like a documentary" it seems director Gregory Jacobs and actors Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rodriguez managed to create an accurate portrayal of hte stripping world.
Unlike the first Magic Mike, as Armand explains, "I’m going to show the clips of the movie where the girls are showering the guys at the club. Sometimes the girls think, “I’m spending all this money.” This movie shows our industry in a positive light. The other one didn’t. Our motto is to make our customers feel like queens. It really embraced what we’re about."
As for the stripping scenes themselves and the moves employed by Channing and co, the strippers agree they were bang on.
"The dance routines were updated to what we’re doing now. Channing Tatum crossed over into urban dancing — the popping and the locking," says GQ.
Neither GQ nor Armand could think of anything they didn't like about the movie.
"What I did like was when they sat down and they were talking with the older women. That’s true. We do older parties. A lot of these women want to be taken, and they have their issues," reveals GQ.
"In many ways, we’re shrinks," adds Armand. "If they look sad, we’ll ask them what happened — and they’ll tell you everything. It’s like “Taxicab Confessions.” They come and confess."