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Ryan Reynolds and Channing Tatum
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A big group posed for an epic selfie.
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A big group posed for an epic selfie.

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Magic Mike XXL
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Purple is the color of royalty, and Channing is the king.

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Magic Mike XXL
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Yes, you are the champion.

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Magic Mike XXL
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Get your introspection on.

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The Dancing Is Better
The Dancing Is Better
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Even though Channing Tatum insisted he'd never top "Pony," his big solo in the first movie, I have to disagree with him. While there felt like more group dances in the original film, Magic Mike XXL is more about the solos (or the duos, if we're talking about Tatum and tWitch's final dance). And each one is special: Mike reprises "Pony" in a more creative way, Ken incorporates singing into stripping, BDR takes "Marry You" to "Closer" in a scorching-hot routine, and the aforementioned "Mirror Dance" is the movie's crown jewel. (Not to mention that impromptu drag show!) There could have been more dancing, but the dancing we get is quality.

The Focus Is on the Guys
The Focus Is on the Guys
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On the set last year, Tatum said that his biggest regret was not focusing on the guys more in the first movie. Magic Mike XXL is all about the ensemble this time around, and not only is it funnier (see above), each actor gets to show off his strengths (vs. just his body parts). Like, who knew Joe Manganiello would be such a comedy powerhouse? Why wouldn't you let the adorable Matt Bomer do his thing? And not only that, but the guys are also on the road, which gives them something to do and moves the story right along. "It's a stripper odyssey," Tatum claimed, which is pretty much the perfect description of the movie.

There's an Emphasis on Women's Pleasure
There's an Emphasis on Women's Pleasure
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In the first movie, there's a reach for depth, a pretentious need to prove that this movie isn't just a movie about male strippers. And yet, there exists no moment where any of the guys wonder why they do this. In fact, Mike is all about how he does it for himself, busting out his most innovative dance when he's rebelling against Dallas. But in Magic Mike XXL, it's clear: they love dancing to please women. Yes, they still do it for themselves, but at every turn, women's pleasure is emphasized. Jada Pinkett Smith's character has a business devoted to giving women what they want, referring to her clientele as "queens." Donald Glover's character has a whole monologue about just asking women what they want. The guys even have a faux therapy session with several older women, imploring them to tell them their problems and let them help. The first movie is already progressive in its almost-exclusive objectification of male bodies (though there is a pair of bare breasts it loses points for), but Magic Mike XXL wins more points for its worship of women.