Steven Soderbergh draws sensational performance from Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey in this raunchy, hilarious and surprisingly poignant film about a male stripper.
Rumour has it that Channing Tatum initially took the story inspired by his life before he turned to acting to ‘Drive’ and ‘only God Forgives’ director Nicolas Winding Refn. God knows how that might have turned out. But it certainly wouldn’t have been such a runaway riot of comedy and bared male flesh as Steven Soderbergh’s hugely enjoyable romp. Tatum is superb as Mike, a seasoned stripper in Miami who takes Alex Pettyfer’s ingenue under his wing – read absurdly large bicep – whilst also taking a shine to his sister. But even with Tatum’s dance skills wowing audiences, the film is stolen by Matthew McConaughey as lead stripper Dallas. This was the first stage of the McConaissance, when the acclaimed actor made his way back from the hell of forgettable romantic comedies. And he shines brighter than a supernova.
★★★★★ "Transcends every possible expectation" - Tim Robey, The Telegraph