The first Magic Mike became a weird moment for me where now I had to explain to people repeatedly that it’s really not just about sexy men taking off their shirts and thrusting at women. In fact, it was downright depressing at times and often confronted strippers as people bound to their profession. They either strip, or they become aimless in life. Magic Mike XXL is in many ways a response to the first film’s ideologies, and an exploration into what it means to be a male entertainer. Forget the moments of sadness and existential crises – this is a movie that celebrates selflessness and passion.