5. One of the Surprise Musical Numbers Is an Extended Homage to Magic Mike
That said, we’ll forgive Zadan and Maron all their Smash-related sins (well… maybe not Ellis… or Leo… or Dev… never mind, we forgive nothing) if they make one of the surprise musical numbers they’ve got planned a Magic Mike-style male stripper routine. Bonus points if they draft McConaughey to lead the audience in a rousing game of “Can You Touch This?”
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We hate to be cruel, but today in Movies Without Pity Awards voting, we pit Pitch Perfect against Magic Mike (and more) in the Best Musical Moment category. Choose wisely, and vote every day for your favorites (and in other cases, like Worst Career Move by an Oscar Winner least favorites).
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Actor in a Supporting Role
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
It’s not all right, all right, all right with us that Matthew McConaughey’s charisma-soaked turn as the ripped emcee of a Florida-based male stripper revue went overlooked by prudish Academy members. Beyond being the live wire that gives Magic Mike its spark, the role was the jewel in the crown of his comeback year. Put it this way: more than a few of the crumpled up dollars stuffed into the movie’s bulging $113 million final gross are tips meant for him.
Also Overlooked: Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), James Gandolfini (Killing Them Softly), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), Michael Shannon (Premium Rush)
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Although the studio essentially marketed it as the guy version of Showgirls, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that director Steven Soderbergh crafted something far more distinctive and interesting, a male stripper movie that doubles as a look at how enterprising young entrepreneurs function in a cash-only economy. The fact that Magic Mike gives Matthew McConaughey the chance to strut his stuff —both his abs and his acting talent — is just the icing on the (beef)cake.
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As the other half of Boys II Menorah, we were happy that Brad finally seemed to find his calling, even if it meant selling out Max. Most of Brad’s humor was visual, with him and Max riding invisible horses Gangnam-style, him tossing off backflips like nothing and his “I was all about the Benjamins” t-shirt.
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