'Magic Mike' Getting Good Reviews: What's the Best Stripper Movie?
When we first saw the ad for "Magic Mike," we thought, "Could this be any cheesier?" Believe it or not, the movie inspired by Channing Tatum's own experience as a male stripper is getting good reviews.
Our all-time favorite stripper movie (and one of our favorite '80s movies), this 1983 flick about a welder-stripper who wants to be a serious dancer is as heartwarming as it is sleazy.
Best known as the movie that ruined Elizabeth Berkley's already pretty much nonexistent career, this 1995 flick is considered one of the worst movies of all time. However, cult fans say it's so bad, it's good.
"The Full Monty"
This 1997 British comedy about six unemployed men who become strippers was a hit in America, too.
We walked out of this 1996 box-office bust, even though Demi Moore was paid a record-setting $12.5 million to play a stripper. Warning: Trailer contains offensive language.
Natalie Portman received an Oscar nomination for her role as a young stripper in "Closer," but we found the movie pretty depressing.
Believe it or not, it's getting good reviews. The film currently has a 79 percent critics' approval rating on rottentomatoes.com, with The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips giving it 3 1/2 stars. "Purest corn, 'Magic Mike' nonetheless has a human pulse and a sense of humor to go along with its willingness to entertain," Phillips writes, comparing it to "'Showgirls' with showboys, though without the hysteria or the punitive humiliation."
Of course, it helps that the film was helmed by esteemed director Steven Soderbergh, known for "Sex, Lies and Videotape," "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic" and "Ocean's Eleven." It was also inspired by Tatum's own experience as a male stripper.
From "Magic Mike" to "Showgirls" to "Striptease," click through our slideshow and let us know: What's the best stripper movie?
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