It’s easy to think of a film such as Magic Mike XXL as being a cute piece of fluff, but the reality is that underneath its surface, it is a film that will not only empower women, it might actually make the men in their lives think.
Magic Mike XXL is pure fantasy, but oh what a fantasy it is. This is a film that features a cast of buff, Hardbodied straight men who are not mysoginistic or homophobic. Not only that, they genuinely enjoy the company of other guys, to the point of being tender, kind, and generous with one another. In fact, most women would not hesitate to walk around the streets at night by themselves if most men were this well behaved. Of course, this makes the viewer wonder; are these guys really dudes at all?
In real life, no. In fantasy, oh yes, these hot guys are totally real. On film they enjoy an intimate bond with one another that is extremely attractive. They treat women like Goddesses, and they not only think they are beautiful to behold, they also respect the gray matter in between their ears. How refreshing!
The women these hot studs work with are easy on the eye, and they all exude strength and intelligence. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Elizabeth Banks, Andie McDowell, and Crystal Hunt all have roles in the film, and all of these ladies brought a nuanced interpretation of their character, in particular Crystal Hunt.
Crystal plays the role of Lauren in what is her first part in a feature film. Daytime soap opera fans might remember her from her roles on the Guiding Light and One Life to Live. Ms. Hunt credits her work on the daytime soaps for helping her flesh out the character of Lauren and making her believable to audiences.
Crystal Hunt has some acting chops if her Facebook highlight reel can show us anything; she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her role on One Life to Live. Being surrounded by such strong female actresses must have also helped her turn in such a good performance in her debut film appearance.
Magic Mike XXL is a film that all women and the men that love them should enjoy. The story and the strong performances elevate what could have been a dull film about strippers and turns it into a story that is worth watching.