I saw the original in the theater and liked it so much I bought it. It was a good movie but if I am being honest I mostly bought it just to watch Channing Tatum dance whenever I wanted. My boyfriend watched it and said, " It was pretty good minus the dance scenes but why didn't Mike tell his girlfriend about his plans to start his own furniture business?" I , of course, never even gave it a thought. I mention this all as a comparison to just how much more I enjoyed the second movie that much more. It's not often that I have seen a sequel that is just as good or better than. I just can't wait for the DVD release of Magic Mike XXL.
This movie takes place 3 years after Mike has quit the industry to pursue his own business. During the first 20 minutes that all may not be all " Sunshine and Roses" for Mike in his new life. Then we get to see him cut loose in his workshop during a welding session to Ginuwine's Pony and the happiness of this one small moment shows on his face. Then he gets a call regarding his old boss Dallas and sets off the meet up with the rest of the guys. I don't want to give up too much but the guys decide to take a road trip to the National Stripper convention in South Carolina and Mike puts his life on pause to go along for the ride. This movie has some seriously sweet dance routines and quite a few surprises. Jada Pinkett Smith, Andie MacDowell, and Amber Heard add additional sexiness to an already hot movie. Gabriel Iglesias, Donald Glover, and Stephen "Twitch" Boss compliment and round out the guys very nicely. Matt Bomer offers a surprising performance of his own in the movie as well as the soundtrack.
I would give this a 5/5 rating. It is so going into the home library!
Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donald Glover, Michael Strahan, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks