Midnight ‘Magic’

Hooray for Harkins!

When I heard there was a midnight showing of “Magic Mike” at the Flagstaff Harkins … well, let’s just say I knew what I’d be doing when I got off work.

Never mind that I didn’t find out ’til 11 p.m., when my coworker read someone’s Facebook status and checked the movie listings. The theater’s just a few blocks from the office. I had time to run to Safeway for sugar-free snacks, too.

The theater was surprisingly crowded for midnight. (They were also screening “Ted.”) I’d say more than three-quarters of the seats were filled — unsurprisingly, most of them were filled by female moviegoers. (The guys in line in front of me bought tickets for “Ted.”)

The crowd was pretty loud before the show, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to hear the movie … but everyone quieted down nicely. There were, of course, hoots and hollers in the appropriate places. (And there were a lot of appropriate places.)

A quick recap: Mike, the super-sexy Channing Tatum, is getting older and has dreams of doing something else with his life. He recruits Adam (Alex Pettyfer) to the club and promises Adam’s skeptical sister he’ll watch out for him. But when Adam gets caught up in the lifestyle — lots of booze, drugs and sex — Mike can’t save him. Through it all, club owner Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) offers lessons, wisdom and smooth-talking seduction. I’d sure buy whatever he was selling. 😉

“Magic Mike” caught my attention from the start. Both the stripping scenes and the scenes outside the club were enjoyable, and the premise was intriguing. What does happen to people — in this case, hot guys — seen as sex objects? Do they end up losing themselves?

Something to ponder, right?

The movie’s ending was a little abrupt — and I don’t think I’m the only one who thought so. I heard a few expressions of disbelief from the audience.  It would have been nice to see what happened next, to wrap up a few more loose ends … Then again, I could have sat there and watched those guys dance until dawn!

Yes, that was me, at my lowest adult weight. You don’t want to know how much we had to pay for a lap dance. I was miffed they gave ’em away for free in “Magic Mike.”

It brought back fond memories of my visit to Vegas and the Olympic Garden … was it seven years ago? Yep, in 2005. I weighed 169 at the time. I’ll get there again.

Some people might think I’m crazy for going to see a movie at midnight — but, really, it was a pretty natural fit for my schedule. I’m usually awake ’til 2 or 3 a.m. anyway, so why not enjoy “Magic Mike” instead of going home to watch repeats of “The New Detectives” on Investigation Discovery?

That’s what I thought. Now I don’t have to wake up early to go see it before work today. I can sleep until at least 9, then have nothing to do when I wake up except C25K. I think I’m on the mend — feeling well enough to attempt the 25-minute run, at least.

I want that body back, damnit!


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