The boys take it off (eventually), but this sequel has heart and soul as well.
Is it worth $10? Yes
Not only does “Magic Mike XXL” have more male dancing, bulging biceps, oily, washboard abs and G-string thongs than you can imagine, it also hasn’t lost sight of what made “Magic Mike” (2012) successful: At its core it was about Mike (Channing Tatum) striving to break free from the pleasurable but unfulfilling monotony of male exotic dancing. Logically, “XXL” finds Mike pursuing the life he desires, but allowing himself one more week of fun with the boys before it’s too late.
A note to those attending just for the stripteases: Be patient. It takes a while for things to get amped up. Three years after the events of “Magic Mike,” Mike runs his own furniture designing business. When his old stripper friends pass through Tampa he meets up with them at a hotel, at which point a naked Richie (Joe Manganiello) throws him into the pool. Tarzan (Kevin Nash), Ken (Matt Bomer), Tito (Adam Rodriguez) and Tobias (Gabriel Iglesias) are also there, and tell him they’re on their way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for the annual stripper convention. That night in his wood shop, Mike starts dancing when Ginuwine’s “Ride My Pony” plays on the radio, going so far as to suggestively drill holes in his table. The next day, Mike leaves everything behind and goes with the boys to Myrtle Beach.