3SMR: Plan your own Channing Tatum Personal Film Festival

 In Channing Tatum, Recommended

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. magic_mike

Or, given the quality of some of the films:

I watched them so you don’t have to.havoc

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:DJ_IT_1Sht_18

  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • The Book of Life
  • Dear John
  • The Eagle
  • Fighting
  • Foxcatcher
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Logan Lucky
  • Magic Mike
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • She’s the Man
  • The Son of No One
  • Step Up
  • Stop-Loss
  • 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. )guide_to_recognizing_your_saints

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Don Jon—Plays an actor in a cheesy romantic comedy.  Total screen time: approximately 30 seconds
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation—Very short-lived character.
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle–secondary character who spends most of the movie not in the movie.
  • The Lego Batman Movie–Quicker cameo as the voice of Superman
  • The Lego Movie–Quick cameo as the voice of Superman.
  • The Hateful Eight–He makes a brief appearance in the last third of the film..
  • Hail Caesar!–Plays an actor. Total screen time is maybe 10 minutes.  However, most of those minutes are a very wonderful tap dance routine.
  • 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.
  • 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)white_house_down_ver8


  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • The Eagle
  • Haywire
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Logan Lucky
  • Supercross
  • White House Down


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


  • 10 Years
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
  • Battle in Seattle
  • The Book of Life
  • Coach Carter
  • Don Jon
  • Fighting
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Havoc
  • Magic Mike
  • Magic Mike XXL
  • Public Enemies
  • Side Effects
  • The Son of No One
  • Stop-Loss


  • 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)vow

  • 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.
  • The Book of Life–Solid animated flick.
  • 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.
  • The Eagle—Made me wonder why there aren’t more movies set in Roman times. Plus!  Jaime Bell.
  • Foxcatcher–sedately paced drama with great performances all around.
  • 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.
  • Hail Caesar!–This movie is funny! And fun to watch.
  • Logan Lucky–Especially if you like heist films.
  • Magic Mike—The 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.
  • This is the End—Hilarious.  But you have to be ready for boy humor.
  • The Vow—Surprisingly well done and a great story.
  • 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.
(Major roles in bold font.)fighting

  • The Dilemma—One of the worst movies I’ve seen in the last decade.
  • 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.
  • The Hateful Eight–If you’re a Tarantino fan, why not?  If not, don’t bother.
  • Havoc—This movie disturbed me.
  • Jupiter Ascending–maybe will become a cult classic in 20 years, but right now just bad.
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle–this was much too violent for me, but others might like it.
  • Magic Mike XXL–waaaay too long in the middle.
  • Public Enemies—So boring, despite its population of actors I usually love.
  • The Son of No One—Kind of a mess, structurally.
  • Supercross—Also not very interesting, but with no fighting.

Here is IMDB’s list of all his films.

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