When Magic Mike came out in 2012, few expected it to be the critical hit it was and to spawn its own franchise, but that's what happened. Now, the surprise hit looks to be hanging it up with the trilogy capper, Magic Mike's Last Dance, one of the big early new movies of 2023.
Of course, you can't have a Magic Mike movie without Channing Tatum back in the titular role, but it's not just him, original director Steven Soderbergh returns to help close the story out.
What else do you need to know about Magic Mike's Last Dance? Read on to get all the key info.
Magic Mike's Last Dance release date
Magic Mike's Last Dance is among the first big movies of 2023, with a February 10 release date exclusively in movie theaters in the US, UK and most of the world.
Channing Tatum has had some good luck with February releases in his career. In February 2022 his movie Dog opened at No. 2 at the US box office (beaten by Tom Holland's big budget Uncharted), while in 2010 Dear John, which he starred in alongside Amanda Seyfried, ended Avatar's run at the top of the weekly box office.
Magic Mike's Last Dance trailer
There's no better way to get excited for Magic Mike's Last Dance than to watch the official trailer for the movie, which sees Magic Mike head to London to put on a show like never before with the help of a wealthy benefactor. Give it a watch right here:
Salma Hayek Pinault spoke about how physically challenging the lap dance shown in the trailer was to Entertainment Tonight.
If you want a bit of a retrospective on the Magic Mike franchise, Warner Bros. has also released a feature on the legacy of the Channing Tatum vehicle.
Magic Mike's Last Dance plot
As you can see from the trailer above, Magic Mike's Last Dance is going to have the talented dancer try his luck at stardom one more time in London, while also forming a connection with the producer of the show. But for some more insight, here is the official plot synopsis:
"'Magic' Mike Lane takes to the stage again after a lengthy hiatus, following a business deal that went bust, leaving him broke and taking bartender gigs in Florida. For what he hopes will be one last hurrah, Mike heads to London with a wealthy socialite who lures him with an offer he can’t refuse… and an agenda all her own. With everything on the line, once Mike discovers what she truly has in mind, will he — and the roster of hot new dancers he’ll have to whip into shape — be able to pull it off?"
Reid Carolin, who wrote the previous two Magic Mike movies, is once again credited with the screenplay for Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
In an interview with Empire, Steven Soderbergh revealed that the movie ends with a 30-minute dance sequence.
Magic Mike's Last Dance cast
Channing Tatum returns to one of his signature roles as "Magic" Mike Lane. Tatum is a fan-favorite actor, with popular turns in 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, Foxcatcher, White House Down and The Lost City.
Sharing top billing with Tatum is Salma Hayek Pinault. The Oscar-nominated actress is playing the wealthy socialite Maxandra Mendoza that recruits Magic Mike for the show. Hayek has most recently been seen in House of Gucci, Eternals and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, but is also known for Desperado and Frida.
Others in the cast include Ayub Khan Din (Ackerly Bridge), Juliette Motamed (We Are Lady Parts), Vicki Pepperdine (Johnny English Strikes Again) and newcomer Jemelia George.
Not listed are any of Magic Mike's former dance partners, which include the likes of Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash.
Magic Mike's Last Dance reviews
The Magic Mike franchise unfortunately goes out on a disappointing note, according to What to Watch's Magic Mike's Last Dance review. In particular, the central relationship between Tatum and Pinault lacks a spark and the movie doesn't commit enough to its main theme that could have made for a unique and interesting experience.
Other reviews for Magic Mike's Last Dance also found the movie to be a bit of a disappointment. As of February 10, the Rotten Tomatoes score for Magic Mike's Last Dance is "Rotten," with a score of 47% range from critics. However, early audience scores give it a 76% positive score.
How long is Magic Mike's Last Dance?
Magic Mike's Last Dance comes in at just under two hours; one hour and 52 minutes to be exact.
What is Magic Mike's Last Dance rated?
Magic Mike's Last Dance's rating in the US is R and in the UK it is 15. The reason for the ratings is because of the movie's "sexual material and language."
Steven Soderbergh movies
After directing Magic Mike but then not doing Magic Mike XXL (though he was an executive producer), Steven Soderbergh is back behind the camera for Magic Mike’s Last Dance.
Famously, Soderbergh said that he was going to retire from directing movies in 2013. But like many who retire young, he must have gotten antsy because it was just four years before he would direct his next movie and he's been pretty darn busy since.
Here are some of the biggest movies that Soderbergh has directed (for a full list, visit IMDb):
- Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)
- Out of Sight (1998)
- Erin Brockovich (2000)
- Traffic (2000)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001)
- Ocean's Twelves (2004)
- Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
- The Informant! (2009)
- Contagion (2011)
- Magic Mike (2012)
- Side Effects (2013)
- Logan Lucky (2017)
- High Flying Bird (2019)
- Let Them All Talk (2020)
- No Sudden Move (2021)
- Kimi (2022)
How to watch Magic Mike
If you want to catch up with the Magic Mike franchise before Magic Mike's Last Dance comes out, here's where you can find the movies.
Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL are both available to stream on HBO Max in the US, as well as to rent through digital on-demand. In the UK, Magic Mike can be streamed on Starz Play, while Magic Mike XXL is only available via digital on-demand.
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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.