It’s probably been 20 years since I was in a male strip club. I think I went twice in all. The atmosphere is lively, but it’s not really my thing. I like a guy who can dance, but he can keep the gyrating to private showings, if you get my drift. Still, the lure of Magic Mike hit me last week and I heeded the call, no arm twisting necessary.

As is very often the case, column ideas started popping into my head as I watched. Sometimes predictable is just what I need and when it comes in a pretty package like  this film or, say, Burlesque, I’m all in. Channing Tatum, I dig thee. There’s no denying that’s the biggest appeal of Magic Mike. But Mike’s story courtesy of Steven Soderbergh resonated on several levels.

Today’s Game Plan: The Journey of ‘Magic Mike