5 Reasons Why It’s OK For Straight Guys To Like ‘Magic Mike’

Film Independent's 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Magic Mike" - Arrivals
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There’s a good chance you’ve so far avoided the 2013 MTV Movie Awards nominee “Magic Mike.” Buff, scantily-clad male strippers prancing around to “It’s Raining Men” probably just isn’t your thing. (Well, not much, anyway.) And, that’s fine, but you’re actually depriving yourself of a great movie with at least five good reasons to watch it.

1. Steven Soderbergh

You’ve surely enjoyed his past work. From “Out of Sight” to “Traffic” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, his movies always feature top-notch directing and cinematography; the dark and moody “Magic Mike” is no different.

2. Guy Code Values

“Magic Mike” also features a story that honors loyalty and friendship above all…even if Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer are frequently exhibiting these values while oiled up in bikini briefs. Hey, at least it’ll get your girlfriend in the mood.

3. Open-mindedness

Speaking of your girlfriend, you’ve long made her sit through action movie schlock full of explosions and gory deaths. So, why not impress her by sitting through a film she’ll enjoy? It’ll be much better than dealing with that new Reese Witherspoon rom-com.

4. Matthew McConaughey

“All right, all right, all right.” The true star of “Magic Mike” is Magic Matthew and his scene-stealing charisma as an aging strip club owner. You’re not too good for a movie that a man’s man like McConaughey would put his stamp of approval on, are you? Well, all right, here’s our trump card…

5. Olivia Munn Nudity

Finally, despite all the toned pecs and abs, “Magic Mike” still throws us guys a bone early on, in the form of topless Olivia Munn. So, after that, if you’re still scared of the gratuitous male stripping to come, feel free to eject the DVD.

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Aaron Goldfarb (@aarongoldfarb) is the author of How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide.