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Magic Mike [2012] [R] - 8.4.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A stripper emeritus (Matthew McConaughey) operates his own club. His headlining stripper (Channing Tatum) brings in a new dancer (Alex Pettyfer) and teaches him the ropes of stripping and partying while trying to figure out a business life that will help him escape his current vocation. Along the way he falls for the new dancer's sister (Cody Horn). Also with Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn and Joe Manganiello. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. [1:50]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A bedroom scene includes a married couple (the man is bare-chested and the wife's bare breasts are shown) when another man and woman enter the room (they are clothed); the clothed woman lies in bed with the husband, who tells the other man to touch his wife's breasts, he does so and the two men tell each other they love each other like brothers while the wife strokes the other woman's outer thigh.
 A man sits up in bed, gets out of bed (we see full back nudity from head to toe), wraps a towel around his waist and reaches a plastic razor to shave his pubic area, and two women are seen in his bed, one sitting with bare breasts revealed, the second woman is nude, lying with her back to the camera (we see bare back, buttocks and legs); we hear that the three people had a "threesome," and that one of the women is bisexual and she speaks about certain women being attractive.
 Several morning scenes in different houses and apartments show couples in bed and sex is implied: in one scene, a shirtless man lies face down on the floor and a woman lies on her back in bed, covered by a quilt up to her waist; her bikini top has been pulled up over her breasts, which are fully visible, along with bare abdomen and shoulders.
 Four scenes show a man and a woman from the shoulders, up, clothed and kissing; in one scene, a woman's hands are shown reaching for a trousers' zipper in a close up and the scene ends (sex is implied).
 A dozen dance scenes in a male exotic dance club feature about 50 to 100 women wearing short, low-cut dresses that reveal moderate cleavage, thighs and legs and women scream as the men dance in solo and group acts featuring men stripping down to thong underwear: the dancers perform pelvic thrusts in dance numbers and simulate sex with a cowboy hat, a clothed woman bent forward over a chair and a woman lying on a hospital gurney; five men wearing raincoats hold umbrellas and point and thrust them at women in the audience in a sexual manner, and they simulate firing their penises like machine guns when dressed as soldiers; a shirtless man wearing trousers stuffs a T-shirt down the front of his pants, rubs it around and throws it to the audience, while another man removes his clothing, dances suggestively and throws his clothes to the women in the crowd; men that are either clothed or stripped to a thong jump from the stage and perform lap dances for women in the audience; a dancer picks a woman and her chair up, carries her to the stage, lays her down on the stage face up, sits close to her face with legs straddling her head and thrusts his pelvis into her face several times while two other men perform the same act with other women in the audience; a man picks up a woman from the audience, holds her upside down with her face in his groin area and thrusts as he dances; and a shirtless solo dancer wears shiny black trousers and slithers up and down the stage and in and out of the audience of drunken women.
 Two male dancers dressed as uniformed policemen appear at a sorority party for a gig; they strip to thongs and gun belts with fake pistols and police batons, they perform lap dances for the women, pick women up and carry them around while the women scream with delight and attract the attention of eight fraternity brothers in the next room and a fight breaks out (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man on stage sings a love song to a female audience, strips to a thong and gyrates as women scream; he lies face down on a runway and drinks shots of liquor as women stuff money into his thong and he does a backward roll, ending with his buttocks in close up to the camera as the scene ends.
 Many scenes take place in a male exotic dance club and feature shirtless men with shaved bodies; we see them shaving their legs and underarms in bathroom sinks and standing in the back room of their dance club, nude except for brief style underwear, and their trouser waistlines come just above the pubic area, showing the top part of the hips. A close up scene in a male exotic dance club features a dancer looking at a suction device connected to another dancer's penis off screen; we see a hand operating a suction lever and hear that dancers attempt to enlarge their penises to be better outlined in thong underwear while onstage.
 A man teaches a new exotic dancer how to "[sexual obscenity deleted] the mirror" in a gym in order to present the most satisfying suggestive dancing to women spectators that have boring or no husbands; the man teaching thrusts his pelvis close to the mirror, then places the other man in front of him and guides his hips with his hands as the scene ends. A woman suggests to her brother that he is gay when she finds sailor outfits in a bag and he admits that he is an exotic dancer; she attends the club and watches him and his friend dance and her eyes grow wide and her mouth drops open before she leaves quickly.
 A man appears on stage in an exotic dance club wearing leather trousers and a vest (he's shirtless underneath) and he announces that the women cannot touch his chest, buttocks or groin area as he grabs all three places; he licks his fingers and rubs his own nipples while saying that he sees a lot of lawbreakers in the house and not a cop in sight as the women scream.
 In a dance club scene, we see a dozen women wearing bikinis and knee boots dancing on platforms (their outfits reveal cleavage, abdomens and legs). Two beach scenes feature shirtless men wearing knee-length shorts and woman wearing skimpy bikini bathing suits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, buttocks and bare legs. A man at a party dresses as Marilyn Monroe to celebrate the 4th of July. A gym scene includes male exotic dancers and the owner of a dance club wearing tight biking shorts that reveal thighs and tight sleeveless muscle shirts that reveal abdomens and bare shoulders/arms. At a costume store, a new exotic dancer finds a pink set of briefs with a long penis-like attachment that has a squeaker in it and he buys several revealing sets of briefs.
 A 19-year-old male exotic dancer thanks his older mentor, because he can now "have money and [sexual obscenity deleted] who I want to [sexual obscenity deleted]". We hear about "Hot Seat" dances where women pay $5.00 for a lap dance on stage as they sit in a row of chairs under spotlights (we don't see them). A woman jokingly tells a male dancer friend, "Don't talk, just look pretty." Older male dancers call a newcomer to the group a "virgin"; a club owner tells the new man that he can only have his cherry popped once (the new man's first dance was awkward, like first sex) and must now learn to dance better and get costumes. A man leaving a female friend's apartment stops outside the door and pantomimes the question about whether he is well endowed and she laughs and closes the door. A woman asks a man to stay the night at her apartment and go to breakfast with her and he accepts; the shot fades to black as they smile and hold hands (sex is implied).

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - At a sorority house party, a fraternity student punches a male dancer after accusing him of giving a woman the drug Ecstasy (please see the Substance Use category for more details); the dancer and another dancer punch eight fraternity students, push them down, swing fake police batons at them, and run out of the house (no one is injured and no blood appears).
 A drug dealer and two thugs trash a house, looking for illegal drugs as the owner enters; a fistfight ensues between the owner and the two thugs, but no one is injured and after an argument is settled, the dealer and the thugs leave.
 A construction foreman curses several times, shouts at a new worker for taking an extra soda from a cooler, and then fires him. A manager shouts and curses at a foreman for hiring untrained workmen from Craigslist. A club owner argues briefly with his dancers about his opinion that they need to invent new dances; in response, one man twirls dangerously from a block and tackle hanging from the stage rafters before he dances. A twenty-something woman and her younger brother argue often about his lack of career. A woman argues with two men several times about them both working late nights, riding around with different women until dawn and drinking too much. A man argues briefly about his creditworthiness with a bank officer and says he will go to another bank. An exotic dance club owner and his headline dancer argue several times about business and their partnership; the club owner shouts and curses the other man, belittling him and one argument is particularly loud after the dancer learns that the club owner gave a new dancer a percentage of the business. We hear that a man had a football scholarship, but lost it when he instigated a fistfight with his coach his first day at college.
 A male dancer strains his back when he lifts a heavy woman during a dance, but seems fine as he comes back in the show later for another dance.
 A man sees a woman in a restaurant with another man that she introduces as her fiancée and the first man becomes very upset and leaves.
 Several men and women drink whiskey and beer at night, we hear vomiting and see a man wretch, followed by a little vomit on the rug; the next morning we see a miniature pig as it walks up to a small area of drying vomit and begins to nibble at it.

PROFANITY 10 - About 156 F-words and its derivatives, 3 sexual references, 39 scatological terms, 12 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stupid, vampire, big dog, punk, tall Paul, old stripper, Anaconda), stereotypical references to men, women, male strippers, older women, drug users, drug dealers, Mexicans, club owners, construction foremen, bankers, fraternities, sororities, bisexuals, homosexuals, 2 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A husband and his wife swallow illegal drug capsules and say they will have sex and the scene ends, a man offers a 19-year-old male dancer a chance to sell drugs and the younger man accepts, a fraternity member accuses a male dancer of giving a sorority woman the drug Ecstasy and a fight ensues (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and a woman finds her brother passed out on the bedroom floor of a mutual male friend and we understand that the he had taken drugs and is unconscious and we then see him as he wakes up groggily in the backseat of her car while she tells him he must stop the late nights and drugs. Several bar scenes feature a large bar in an exotic dance club where men and women drink mixed cocktails and beer from glasses and shots from shot glasses as male dancers perform, dancers drink whiskey in the back room between acts and share marijuana cigarettes, a dancer passes out on the floor in the back room and the other men leave him to sleep off the alcohol and marijuana, women sit at tables in many exotic dance club scenes with multiple alcoholic drinks in front of them and we see them drink continually while some women appear drunk, a man is shown drinking wine during the day, a man passes around bootleg liquor to dancers and we hear that it is very strong, a house party features open bottles of liquor while men and women drink alcohol, a beach party features men and women drinking beer dispensed form a keg and whiskey and beer from a cooler, and a man sits in his apartment at night, drinking whiskey. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Exotic dancing, sexual entertainment, drug trafficking, the law, consequences, careers, family, responsibility, relationships, love, marriage.

MESSAGE - Combining stripping, drug taking and dealing and drinking can be disastrous.

Special Keywords: S8 - V4 - P10 - MPAAR

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