“Magic Mike” is the story of the last three months of a headlining male stripper’s career in Tampa, Florida before he retires his g-string to build custom furniture full-time. The titular “Magic Mike” (Channing Tatum) considers himself “an entrepreneur” who strips in addition to working construction gigs, running a mobile auto-detailing company out of his van, and making custom furniture from detritus that washes up on the beaches of Florida (NOTE: the film is actually based on Channing Tatum’s own real life, where he was a male stripper for a few years in Florida before giving it up to become an actor). Mike’s 30 and growing tired of the daily (bump and) grind of wearing so many hats (or no hat, or clothes at all, on stage). The movie picks up at the beginning of summer with Mike meeting Adam (Alex Pettyfer), whom Mike quickly turns into a stripper himself. The film follows Adam being sucked into the stripper world of booze, drugs, and women as Mike maneuvers himself out…with Adam ending up as the new “Magic Mike” and Mike trying to settle down and have a normal life.
Adam answered a Craigslist ad for a roof tiler, making $10 an hour under the table to become part of a work crew supervised by Mike. Adam gets fired his first day of work after his boss accuses him of drinking more than one Pepsi from the cooler and Adam gets into an argument with the boss over it. His bad luck continues as his car won’t start and Mike gives him a lift home. Adam is 19 and a college drop-out who lives with his sister Brooke (Cody Horn) after he was forced to leave school because he got into a fight with his football coach on the first day of practice (and lost his football scholarship as a result). Brooke is a nurse technician at a hospital and dates a guy who works at an insurance company. She tries getting her brother various jobs through friends she knows but Adam refuses to wear a tie to work so it limits his career options. He says he kind of wants to be a video game tester, maybe, and that’s the extent of his plans for his life.
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