More often, though, the actors flounder in half-scripted scenes. Tatum’s ad-libbed flirtations with Amber Heard, who plays a sullen bisexual named Zoe, go nowhere.
Mike’s banter with Zoe “is so wooly and unfocused that I never did figure out who she was supposed to be.” According to Edelstein, the film feels as if it were “thrown together quickly and shot on the fly.” Even so, he writes, “This is a dumb sequel and everyone’s on one level slumming.
The movie is all tease and no release.
When Mike meets Zoe (Amber Heard) after the show, an aspiring photographer who specializes in drag queens, she subtly accuses him and his posse of grabbing the mic in a scene that doesn’t belong to them, a thoughtful coda wrapped in a meet-cute.