Magic Mike (R)
A veteran stripper named Mike (Channing Tatum) teaches a younger performer (Alex Pettyfer) the ins and outs of the business both on and off the stage at Club Xquisite. Magic Mike is rated R obviously and also stars Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Matthew Bomer.
T.M.’s Take: I’ve gone on record stating that I thought Magic Mike would be the sleeper hit of the summer. Women will flock to see this movie in groups just like Bridesmaids last year. Tatum has proved that he’s not just a heartthrob but a talented actor who can show off his comedy chops (21 Jumpstreet) just as much as his muscles.
Ted tells the story of a named John (Mark Wahlberg) who makes a wish that we have all made before. He wished for his stuffed teddy bear to come to life. His wish is granted but the only problem is the wish never wears off. Ted sticks around with John into adulthood and interferes with his personal life with his new girlfriend played by Mila Kunis. Ted is rated R and is directed by Seth MacFarlane.
T.M.’s Take: Magic Mike may grab the cash this weekend but Ted will probably hold his own at the box office this weekend against the male revue. Ted is such a silly premise but the fact that comedic mastermind Seth MacFarlane is attached gives the film curiosity and credibility. I have a feeling the college crowd can help make Ted a modest hit.
Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13)
A Wall Street (Eugene Levy) investment banker who becomes the fall guy for his company’s organized crime backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Madea’s (Tyler Perry) southern home. Madea’s Witness Protection is rated PG-13.
T.M.’s Take: September and February is where Madea cooks up success at the box office, not in the heart of the summer. I’m a big believer in Perry’s box office power but I think the Madea character may have worn out her welcome.
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