Magic Mike XXL

Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL.

Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL.

Gleeful shrieks will ring out from cinemas around the world this week as the sequel to 2012’s Magic Mike slides half-naked into theatres. Magic Mike XXL does what it says on the muscle-flexing tin. It’s a collection of scenes created with the sole purpose of getting the target audience “frothing” (as radio DJ Maz Compton so aptly put it at the Sydney premiere arena event).

Funny, entertaining and mostly gratuitous

Funny, entertaining and mostly gratuitous scenes are strung together with a barely there plot about ‘getting back to the grind’, as Mike (Channing Tatum) and the remaining Kings of Tampa take a boys road trip for one last hurrah at a stripper convention. Of course they meet a host of horny women and get themselves into mischief along the way.

This time the Kings are joined by Andre (Donald Glover) and Malik (Stephen Boss aka tWitch), with Jada Pinkett Smith as their sultry, powerful queen and MC, Rome.

Overall Magic Mike XXL is unapologetically cheesy and unabashedly entertaining if only for the dance routines… and the stripping… which is basically the whole film. Squeal on, queens.

Star rating: ** /5

In Australian cinemas July 9

And just because you deserve it, here are some more images from Magic Mike XXL.

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