Today is the day we’ve been waiting for.
The day Magic Mike opens in theaters. Stripper movies are not new; there was Gilda, way back in 1946, starring Rita Hayworth. Gypsy starred Natalie Wood in 1962. More recently, there was Showgirls and Striptease, but perhaps the more left unsaid about those two the better.
(Meanwhile, strippers have figured in romance novels as heroines for awhile, such as in Marilyn Pappano’s Forbidden Stranger and Lori Foster’s Jordan. And there’s even been male strippers—Cullen, from Eileen Wilks’s Lupi series, who becomes the hero in Night Season, and the hero of Laura London’s Lightning that Lingers.)
The question is, however, will Magic Mike be along the lines of the Oscar-nominated The Full Monty? Or will it get relegated to a punchline, like Showgirls or Striptease?
But the better question is, when are you seeing Magic Mike?