Binge Watch: Channing Tatum

For the second time in 2022, Channing Tatum headlines a big release this year. On President’s Day Weekend it was Tatum and a Dog capturing people’s hearts. Tomorrow, it will be Tatum and Sandra Bullock in a romance adventure comedy. Either way, it seemed like a good time to focus a binge squarely on Tatum’s cinematic offerings, which are as diverse as they are often entertaining. Below are five Tatum films for those that just can’t get enough in the first quarter of 2022!

She’s the Man (2006)
: I love when they take Shakespeare stories and do a modern update. She’s the Man is one such story, with this one taking the story of Twelfth Night. Amanda Bynes is the lead, in a cross-dressing role, but Tatum has a strong supporting role. I enjoy the comedy here and this is a film that I found surprisingly delightful. I don’t know what else to say.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Step Up (2006)
: Tatum was busy in 2006, as he’s a co-lead with future wife Jenna Dewan in the first film of what became a dance movie franchise. Some view this as the best, and I get it. I thought it was entertaining for what it is, but I’m still partial to Step Up 3D for reasons I can’t quite pin down. Still, not a bad Tatum role.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
As a child, I really enjoyed G.I. Joe, both for the cartoon and the toy figures I had (and still have). Duke was my favorite, the leader of the Joes. Tatum plays Duke in this live action film that seemed more exciting in my head than it turned out to be on screen. It’s got a decent cast, and comes from Mummy director Stephen Sommers, but it didn’t quite work. It ends up being just OK.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

21 Jump Street (2012)
This comedy from Christopher Miller and Phil Lord is a comedy re-boot of the classic TV series. In this iteration Tatum and Jonah Hill are partners sent under cover as high school students. I thought this one had some fun moments, and even spawned a sequel. Tatum is good at comedy and this one lets the cast shine.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Magic Mike (2012)
We can’t really end a look at Tatum’s film contributions without touching on Magic Mike. It of course spawned a sequel and has another one on the way, along with a reality series. Tatum is fine in the role. The trailers would lead you to believe it’s kind of a good time watch. The films are actually pretty serious and kind of dark. Anyway, this isn’t my cup of tea.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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