Lets address the elephant in the room at the start. Magic Mike is not the Showgirls of our generation. Thankfully Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has infused an artistic angle on this dark comedy/drama that adds a level of seriousness and realism that the campy Paul Verhoeven film from the 1990’s could only wish for. Channing Tatum (who co-authored the screenplay based on his experiences as a dancer) is Mike, a Florida based construction worker by day and an exotic male dancer by night. The dual lifestyles are only for income as his real interest is in designing unique furniture.