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Magic Mike debuted three years ago starting Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. The movie received critical praise, and some critics compared it to a modern day Saturday Night Fever. The film grossed $113,7 million and put Channing Tatum on the Hollywood A-list. So naturally, there is a sequel Magic Mike XXL.
McConaughey doesn’t return in this sequel, but True Blood’s Joe Manganiello returns for another stunning performance alongside Channing Tatum. According to the story, a few years have passed and Mike is making an honest living. The guys get together and push Mike in to doing one last show at a stripper convention in Myrtle Beach to do it up in style. Eventually, Mike gives in as a way to provide health insurance to his employee.
This time it’s not all about the guy’s, the women of the film play a strong role. One of the strong female characters is Lauren, played by Crystal Hunt. In the story Lauren and her sister Megan brings the strippers back to their house where they meet Nancy, played by Andie MacDowell.
Viewers may recognize Hunt from her role in daytime television as Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light and Stacy Morasco in One Life to Live. Hunt earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her role as Lizzie Spaulding. Her website suggests that Crystal Hunt was born in Clearwater, Florida, and participated in pageants at the age of two. Hunts career took her from the runway to television commercials, and then on to daytime television. Hunt also appeared in the family feel good movie, The Derby Stallion. Hunt is also appeared in the romantic comedy Sydney White. In 2013, Crystal Hunt co-starred alongside Arielle Kebbel in NYC Underground from Lionsgate. Magic Mike XXL pulled the actress from daytime television into one of the hottest girls-night-out movie of the 2015 summer. Crystal can be found online through both Vimeo, and is also easily available on her Instagram account as well.
Magic Mike XXL is not only entertaining it was exhilarating. The female roles in the movie make the men look like they are brimming in mysteriousness and complexity. Male vulnerability is incredibly sexy especially dancing for and with a woman. The quieter parts of the movie have a relaxed and soft kind of humor that perfectly matches with Channing Tatum’s charm.