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Magic Mike's Last Dance ...

The opening act starts the same as Isabel Ascende, but the protagonist is offered only two possible life choices, marry the rich aristocrat or the poor one with a heart of gold. So, she calls her imaginary friend from her childhood, the unicorn, breaks the fourth wall and then talks about modern feminist ideas about what choices women should be afforded, using a golden mic that drops from above. Then Isabel's male counterparts strip off their formal attire and the other dancers are presented one by one. They have sexier and sexier numbers until the last few, Victor is asked to remove Zadie for the most "adult". After a lap dance number for three of the more mature audience members, Mike's number with a professional dancer is reminiscent of moments shared between him and Max. Once the show is over, Mike finds Max, they kiss, and he says he loves her.

Magic Mike's Last Dance ...

Soderbergh has always liked to subvert expectations, and here he seems bent on short-circuiting a lot of the pleasures we've come to expect from the Magic Mike movies. The dancing and the stripping feel tamer this time around. We don't really get to know the dancers as characters, and I missed the raunchy male camaraderie of Mike's old stripper buddies, played by actors like Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello, who appear in just one brief scene. At the same time, there's something fitting about how muted and even melancholy this movie feels. As the title suggests, Magic Mike's Last Dance is about a guy bidding farewell to his calling and passing the baton to the next generation. Stripping was never his dream job, but it was good for him while it lasted, and also for us.

Moments later, as audience members rapturously applaud their show, Mike and Maxandra come face-to-face again. The two finally affirm their love for each other and walk hand in hand into the celebrating crowd. The film cuts to black moments later, just after Zadie muses one last time about the power dance has to bring people together.

Serving as a potent complement to the opening, Last Dance concludes with one last sexually charged dance from Mike, this time a titivating ballet amidst an indoor rain shower. Tatum has not lost a step as he has gotten older, continuing to deliver stunning moves as he grinds and grooves across the screen. Last Dance does not top what came before, lacking the inspiration, freshness and spark of the earlier pictures. But it feels properly measured in its acknowledgement that the dance eventually ends. Mike bows out gracefully enough.

In MAGIC MIKE'S LAST DANCE, former Florida adult dancer Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) -- who lost his custom furniture business during the pandemic -- is bartending to make a living. During a gig at a charity event, he meets soon-to-be-divorced socialite Maxandra Mendoza (Salma Hayek). After a party guest recognizes Mike from her bachelorette party 10 years earlier, Max offers Mike $6,000 for a private dance that unexpectedly turns into a one-night stand. The next morning, Max offers Mike an even bigger payday ($60,000) to come to London with her for a creative new opportunity -- but only as creative partners, not for sex. He accepts. Once in London, Max, whose estranged husband's family owns a media empire, reveals that one of her few assets in their separation agreement is ownership of a theater, the Rattigan. Max wants Mike to direct and choreograph a one-night-only show highlighting the "ecstasy" and the "magic" of sexy male dancers in order to empower women in the audience. Together, Max and Mike scout and hire a multicultural group of dancers -- some classically trained, some street dancers -- to participate in this unconventional theatrical performance. Max's brainy teen daughter Zadie (Jemelia George) observes the proceedings with a cynical eye. And, naturally, Mike and Max's feelings for each other grow stronger than they want to admit.

The romance is uneven at first, a gender-bent Pretty Woman of sorts, with rich Max giving Mike a designer makeover to fit in with the classist snobs of England's cultural elite. But it's the show (however ridiculous the concept of a one-night-only tribute to the magic of sexy dancing is) that takes up the bulk of the story, with only a cursory, broad stroke at characterization. Maybe Soderbergh and Tatum feel like, at this point in the series, there's no need to develop anything other than more choreographed dance sequences. Don't worry, tried-and-true Magic Mike fans, Ginuwine's "Pony" is still in the movie, as are Tatum's signature thrusts and lifts. But as entertaining as it is to watch Tatum and Hayek dirty dance and fall in love, this one is even flimsier than XXL, and the series is definitely ready for its final bow.

Mike Lane takes to the stage once again when a business deal that went bust leaves him broke and bartending in Florida. Hoping for 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, he soon finds himself trying to whip a hot new roster of talented dancers into shape.

Channing Tatum is ready to break out some new moves! On Nov. 29, 2021, Deadline announced the Magic Mike franchise is returning with a new film, and it will see Tatum reprise his role as the Mike Lane. The actor also teased the news on social media, sharing a photo of the script for \"Magic Mike's Last Dance\" in a Nov. 29, 2021, tweet. 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