Ahem…Magic Mike {Recipe: Blackberry Gin Shooters}

My eyes had the pleasure of taking in Magic Mike earlier this week. If you aren’t familiar with this movie, you can find more about it here, but in general, there really isn’t much of a plot, but lots and lots of eye candy.

Before the movie even started, the packed audience (of mixed ages and genders) was going wild in anticipation for what we were about to see… Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and a slew of other nice looking actors wearing next to nothing as they took it all off on the stage of a male strip club.

What I wasn’t prepared to see was the heavy use and acceptance of drugs, simulated sex acts, “sharing” of partners, the “f-bomb” dropped more than any other word and more… all this while the audience in the theater cheered on. I couldn’t help but wonder what this says about our society today. I feel a little disturbed that I am raising three girls and a boy in an era where no one seems all that embarrassed to be sitting in a theater watching this stuff happen on screen.

Do I like seeing a nice looking man with his shirt off? Yes… yes I do, and there was plenty of that in this movie. In fact, I wouldn’t mind freeze framing a few Channing Tatum scenes and staring at them for awhile. The dancing, although a bit much at times, was really good.

I guess I am more disturbed by what’s “acceptable” today… we are no longer hiding behind closed doors to read “erotica”… in fact, it’s so well accepted that certain books have jumped to and stayed on the NY Times Bestseller list for a long time. Movies, like Magic Mike, leave little to the imagination. Even clothing young girls and women are wearing have you wondering if they paid full price for an outfit that barely covers their body.

We concern ourselves with pedophiles and sexual predators, yet we cheer wildly when a man holds a woman’s head to his near naked crotch and bumps and grinds. What kind of message is our behavior sending to those people observing us…looking up to us…taking their cues from us?

I may be a prude for even writing this post, and I know I can’t have it both ways… I enjoyed parts of Magic Mike but I am honestly ready, for the sake of future generations, to return to the days where leaving more to the imagination was a very good thing.

Sidenote update: My friend Shaina just shared this link to a Washington Post article by Suzi Parker. If you have questions about whether to see this movie, read this article.

And on to a recipe that has absolutely nothing to do with the blog post, except it was inspired by a cocktail I enjoyed with girlfriends prior to heading over to see the movie!

Blackberry Gin Shooters Cocktail
A simple summer blackberry cocktail, served in individual shot glasses.
  • 4 fresh blackberries, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup finely crushed ice
  1. Muddle blackberries
  2. In a cocktail shaker, shake together gin, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice until well blended.
  3. Add the muddled blackberries. Shake again.
  4. Divide crushed ice into 4 tall shot glasses, filling to the top but not packing the ice. Pour cocktail mixture over crushed ice. Top each shot glass with 1 blackberry. Serve cold.

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  1. says

    I have been feeling the same way (although I haven’t seen the movie or read the book you referred to). How is this what entertainment has come to? I felt like I was the only one. Glad to hear your thoughts are similar to mine.

  2. says

    I went and saw the movie too…and was shocked.

    Maybe I am naive but I thought it would be some naughty dancing, maybe at worst a shiny thong and something to laugh at. But I didn’t expect a lot of what I saw…WAAAY raunchier than I expected. My friend that came with me couldn’t believe how often I covered my eyes (I know I should be too old for that).

    The worst part? There were girls in the movie with adults (their moms??) who looked to be 14-15 years old. :(

    • says

      That’s exactly what I thought I was going to see too – I can and expected some sexy dancing and near nakedness, but raunchy is the BEST word to describe some of the other stuff… I felt a little sick afterwards thinking back to some of the parts!

      I love that you covered your eyes 😉 THAT means you still have some modesty left in you :) That’s a good thing!

      And yes, I saw some girls that were way too young to be in there too… couldn’t believe it. And how awkward would that have been to see with your mom at that age? Whoa.

  3. Judi says

    I have not seen the movie yet but was planning on having a fun GNO drooling over a few very sexy looking men. I am thankful for this post for the fact that now I don’t have to spend money on something I thought I’d enjoy but be very disappointed with. I am sad to hear that the movie ended up being yucky.

    • says

      I’d hate for you to miss out on a fun girls night…but I think if you do go watch it just go into it knowing that it is a lot different than what you might have expected. There were parts that were great to watch… other parts had me squirming in my seat though :)

  4. rebecca Garcia says

    I didn’t want to see the movie because I suspected it would be exactly as you described. I agree with your conclusions totally. we have got to return to some level of modesty and self respect. I live in Las Vegas and trust me little is left to the imagination and it doesn’t take long to see the impact, especially if you work in social services like I did for years. Thank you for your post!

    • says

      I bet you do see it all living where you live. I feel like I’ve been fairly sheltered, maybe, considering where I am from. Maybe the movie was just a shock to me and it is more standard than what I want or need to believe.

  5. says

    Well said my friend. I chose to not go see it…as tempting as some parts may have been, for these very reasons. I want to live out that example to my kids, because the world certainly isn’t!

  6. robynski says

    I agree with you Kristen, to a point. I’m much more of a prude and am saddened by the acceptance of objectification of any human being. It’s everywhere. Pinterest boards filled with shirtless men with buff abs. While I applaud their hard work to get in shape, I do not need to view it. I’m not dead, I do enjoy seeing in shape bodies, however it’s like a one piece bathing suit, it allows for a bit of modesty and leaves something to the imagination.

    We’ve moved into an era, it seems, that it’s more important to be beautiful at any cost. But forget that there is a toll to be paid by someone. I, for one, was satisfied to not be equal with men in this department. Unfortunately we have opened Pandora’s box and it may be too difficult to ever return everything to the box.

    It saddens me that you, my daughters, and all moms have to raise children in this era. However, my hope lies in the same moms who stand tall and teach correct principles not matter what the media says is correct behavior.

    • says

      I have to admit, I’ve been one to “like” and applaud a nice looking body on Pinterest. However you are right… even though it’s hard to go the opposite direction of what society tells us is ok sometimes, it is also important that we stand true to our values and also teach our girls and boys what respect looks like when dealing with others.

  7. says

    Bravo for speaking your mind on this movie, Kristen. Admittedly I hadn’t even heard of it, but now I’ll be sure to turn down any GNO suggestions to see it.Eww.

    Amazing cocktail, though! I’m making mine with blueberries, though. Is that okay?

  8. says

    ok, I totally would have thought the movie was going to be like you thought.

    I’ve been feeling this way for quite some time about what has become “acceptable” in our society today. It’s a far cry from Elvis not being shown from the waist down because of his swiveling hips. When did all this become “ok” and why? I’m no prude either, but come on, it just seems like no one cares any more.

    oh……..tasty looking recipe by the way hehe…….

    • says

      You bring up such a good point, Cheryl. As much as I don’t want to go back to the days of Elvis and his hip movements being denied on TV, there has to be a happy medium, right? Somewhere?

      I’m just afraid we’re going to keep pushing the envelope and it’s going to become more and more accepted to take it one step further.

  9. says

    Well, since I pay a fortune for cable, I don’t see anything until it gets on my tv screen. So, I have no opinions about the movie, but the gin shooters look amazing!

  10. says

    Love the post and the recipe! I haven’t seen the movie, nor have I read the book, but I honestly just don’t have any interest in that sort of “entertainment” for shock value.

  11. says

    Kristen — Thank you for being so real and honest. Darren and I have not seen the film, but we’ve heard a couple of husbands state that, “There is no way they would ever be allowed to see a female version of Magic Mike.” That truly got me wondering what we, as females, are subjecting our eyes too and if we are willing to allow the standards to go both ways. (I’m probably a prude too.)

    • says

      Good point – my sister and I were just having the conversation similar on the phone… would we mind if our husband’s saw something similar. I think more than “seeing” it I’d wonder what their reaction would be to what was happening on screen. The general acceptance of some of the things was what disturbed me the most. Things that should make us blush, didn’t!

  12. says

    The movie, no plans to see it. I’m not interested in the male stripper plot but I’d happily help cast a movie about a bunch of shirtless archaeologists :)

    As for the book…I’m totally squicked out by it just from the quick spiel that a friend gave me and uncomfortable with its popularity. And I’m completely confused how the worst parts of those mid-80s trash novels could be glued together and generate millions.

  13. says

    I completely agree with you Kristen. I havent seen the movie or read that book, but it is so true what is acceptable these days. Even girls who seem too young to have their period (younger than I was anyway) are getting pregnant, and are even looking forward to being pregnant at such a young age. It scares me to think of raising children in this society too. I hope it can one day go back to the way it was. I am only 25 and even when I was in middle school I didnt know what pot was or what it looked like. Maybe I was and still am a little naive, but I prefer it that way to be perfectly honest.

    • says

      I was and am the same way, Carla. I’ve lived a fairly sheltered life, although I did have a bit too much fun in college. I’ve settled down, happily, and got all of anything wild out of my system and now want to do whatever I can to protect my kids from growing up to quickly.

      Being naive is not a bad thing at all…

  14. Pat Wogan says

    As a church leader in the 80’s said, “The things that are accepted today will become the standards of tomorrow.” I am proud that you wrote this post. As you mentioned, we are so surrounded by trash. I love Matthew Mc Conaughey…mainly because of his voice. One wonders what will be the future standards of movies and (I use the term loosely) literature. Thanks for taking a stand on this, Kristen.

    • says

      Very good quote, mom.
      And Matthew McConaughey would have given you the jeebies in this movie… he was icky. (Although his voice is still very nice). We’ll be able to tell if he’s a good actor by if he can make us think he’s sexy in his next movie, because he was slimy in this one!


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