Steven Soderbegh, the cinematic jack of all trades, always leaves you guessing where he will go next. If you predicted that Soderbergh would follow his highly improbably (but nevertheless entertaining) B-movie action flick, Haywire, with a semi-autobiographical story about Channing Tatum's past as a male stripper, starring Tatum himself, then could you please leave this week's lottery numbers in the comments section? Because you're clearly some sort of mystic.
Magic Mike's previous trailers have sold it as both a prestige romantic comedy (in the same way Haywire is a prestige DTV action movie) and as a buffet of muscular male nudity, and the latest red-band trailer continues to court this very specific and very under-served demographic. Basically, you get a lot of bare buttocks.
There is very little in the way of objectionable material in this trailer, so apparently the faintest glimpse of male nudity (note: no penis) is enough to force the MPAA to give a trailer a red-band.
The buzz surrounding this film is positive and that the marketing is slightly misleading. One thing is for certain, the trailers are not lying about all the bare-ass dudes.
Magic Mike will gyrate wildly in your face on July 11.