Magic-Mike-XXL-Jada-Pinkett-Smith“Are you ready to be worshipped? Are you ready to be exalted?” Jada Pinkett Smith owned Magic Mike XXL!

I’ll tell you now, this had all the hot guys and dance action you would expect from Magic Mike, but it was in a completely different context.  You can deny it all you like, but this movie was all about fulfilling a woman’s emotional needs – and I loved it!

Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

I had put off watching this one because I thought it would be another puff piece like the first Magic Mike, but I’m glad I finally caved and saw it.  The character of Rome (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) added a whole new depth to this storyline.  Hats off to screenwriter Reid Carolin for taking Magic Mike into a really soulful direction.

Sure, the guys were on a road trip and there’s plenty of male bonding but in a very feminine way – like when Big Dick Richie finally finds his “glass slipper” and there is hugging all around at breakfast.  We see a deeper side to these characters like Tarzan’s dream of a wife and kid and Ken’s Reiki qualifications.  This wasn’t just blatant objectification of the male body, this was a movie about healing emotional wounds, making peace with your past, and believing in happily ever afters.

Reid Carolin had the characters make love to our minds and souls between scenes of dancing before our eyes and Jada took the role of the strong, soulful, resilient queen and led us down the yellow brick road to empowerment.  This movie is a must see – for men AND women alike.