Saturday, November 30, 2013

Plan your own Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival

I have completed viewing all the films credited to Channing Tatum on IMDB [that are not short films].  Or, as I refer to it, 

The Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival.  

Or, given the quality of some of the films, 

I watched them so you don’t have to.  

For your convenience, I have categorized the films for those of you who want to plan your own Channing Tatum Film Festival.

Movies where CT has a major part:
  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Dear John
  • Fighting
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Magic Mike
  • She’s the Man
  • Step Up
  • Stop-Loss
  • The Eagle
  • The Son of No One
  • The Vow
  • White House Down

Movies where CT is not the main focus. 
Or: Only watch these films if you are interested in the movie. 
His role may range from a cameo to a bit part that doesn’t have much screen time. 
  • 10 Years—This is an ensemble and he’s in it as much as the other actors.
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints—Plays the angry friend of the main character.  He doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but is rather feral, which is rare.
  • Battle in Seattle—Ensemble cast.  He has a lesser amount of screen time than others in the ensemble.
  • Coach Carter—one of the many basketball players.  But figures greatly in the turning point.
  • Don Jon—Plays an actor in a cheesy romantic comedy.  Total screen time: approximately 30 seconds
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation—Very short-lived character.
  • Havoc—Dude in the background who has maybe three lines.
  • Haywire—Secondary character, but his first appearance was perhaps my favorite scene in the entire movie.
  • Public Enemies—Pretty Boy Floyd is not long for the world.  Maybe 30 seconds.
  • Side Effects—Isn’t around as much as one would think from the poster.
  • Step Up 2: The Streets—He doesn’t make a huge appearance, but he does dance.
  • Supercross—Plays a minor character with perhaps 5-10 minutes of screen time.
  • The Dilemma—Secondary character in a tremendously unfunny film.  However, he’s at his funniest here, but sadly, the rest of the movie is a hideous ball of crap.
  • This is the End—Tiny cameo, but funny

Perhaps you would like to tackle the list by genre?

CT Movies divided by category:
(Major roles in bold font)

  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Haywire
  • Supercross
  • The Eagle
  • White House Down


  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • She’s the Man
  • The Dilemma
  • This is the End


  • 10 Years
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • Battle in Seattle
  • Coach Carter
  • Fighting
  • Havoc
  • Magic Mike
  • Public Enemies
  • Side Effects
  • Stop-Loss
  • The Son of No One


  • Don Jon


  • Dear John
  • Step Up
  • Step Up 2: The Streets
  • The Vow

Movies I most enjoyed.  

Or: Maybe you just want me to tell you which ones I liked.
Major roles in bold font
  • 10 Years—Great ensemble cast examining where they are 10 years after high school.
  • 21 Jump Street—Generally very funny, especially if you watched the original TV series.
  • 22 Jump Street--If you liked the first one, you will like this one.
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints—Uneven 80s NYC friendship drama that stuck with me.
  • Battle in Seattle—Interesting period piece.
  • Coach Carter—I’m a sucker for a good sports film.
  • Dear John—I was prepared to hate it, got sucked in and loved it.
  • Don Jon—Uncomfortable, but interesting.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra—I was ready to grit my teeth through the whole thing, but it was a fun movie.
  • Haywire—Holy crap there are some good fight scenes in this.
  • Magic MikeThe movie that got me started.  Also, it’s much darker and deeper film than the previews would have you believe. Go Soderbergh!
  • She’s the Man—Funny adaption of Twelfth Night.
  • Side Effects—The less you know about this, the more you will enjoy it.
  • Step Up—I’m a sucker for a good dance movie and CT can move.
  • Stop-Loss—Solid returning soldier drama.
  • The Eagle—Made me wonder why there aren’t more movies set in Roman times.  Plus!  Jaime Bell.
  • The Vow—Surprisingly well done and a great story.
  • This is the End—Hilarious.  But you have to be ready for boy humor.
  • White House Down—This had horrible reviews, but I thought it was great fun.

For Die Hard Complete-ists.  

Or:  Movies I don’t recommend you watch.
  • Fighting—Not very interesting, but with fighting.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation—Maybe I was just mad I had nothing to look at but Adrianne Palicki, but this movie was not very entertaining.
  • Havoc—This movie disturbed me.
  • Public Enemies—So boring, despite its population of actors I usually love.
  • Supercross—Also not very interesting, but with no fighting.
  • The Dilemma—One of the worst movies I’ve seen in the last decade. 
  • The Son of No One—Kind of a mess, structurally.

And last but not least, links to all my reviews.

This is also the list in order of release date.


  1. This is very comprehensive. Thanks for summing it all up! I put "Magic Mike" on hold last week based on your glowing review. I believe its delivery has been delayed by our Icepocalypse.

    Funny, I don't remember Channing Tatum being in "Stop-Loss." But then, I totally forgot that the main character was played by Ryan Phillipe. All I remember is JGL. Maybe I need to do a JGL film festival. :)

  2. Well done and comprehensive. I love that you have given us so many categories and options for our own CT viewing. I am wondering when you might have a female centered movie fest? There are a few fine actresses that might rate??!

  3. Magic Mike is great! And I enjoyed Haywire, as well. I'm kind of intrigued by Steven Soderbergh's interest in Channing Tatum; I feel like he is some sort of muse for Soderbergh. I'm always interested in muses. Anyway. I need to watch more of these! I didn't like The Vow, but 21 Jump Street is on my list for sure.

  4. I started on a Jessica Chastain film festival, but I got walloped with the hideousness of Jolene and then Zero Dark Thirty has torture throughout (and I DON'T do torture, I have to leave the theater) so I gave up on that quest. It's harder with women because 1) not so much of an infatuation/attraction so I'm not as compulsive but also 2) (and more to the point,) women don't really get a lot of good roles. I mean, do I really want to plow through 25 movies where 20 of them the female lead plays the same girlfriend character? Not so much. With guys as the focus I can just ignore the inherent sexism of Hollywood. With females it's front and center and infuriates me.

  5. H--the muse thing is why I'm kind of sad Soderbergh isn't going to make any more films. Plus, with CT in films with a "good" director he gets more cred.

  6. I would do a Sarah Polley Personal Film Festival. I love her and she has sidestepped (not by accident, I'm sure) the girlfriend trap. And she's been directing in recent years too.

  7. Also, just occurred to me: a Tilda Swinton Personal Film Festival. For something more lighthearted I would go with Scarlett Johansson. She is awesome.