Take It Off

When I wrote last week that I said I thought it might be interesting to see a movie about the “relationship between men and their bodies,” I didn’t exactly mean that Stephen Soderberg should go out and make a flick about Channing Tatum’s days as an exotic dancer. That said, Soderberg generally has more ideas than your average director, so if this is a disaster, it will probably be a weird and interesting disaster rather than a garden-variety one. And while I don’t know that Tatum is the guy to embody it (no matter his real-life experience), this is the rare kind of story that can be told about how men turn their attractiveness into a commodity. We tell stories about women trading on their looks all of the time, but we almost never see pop culture men who are less than utterly secure about their looks and what those looks win them.