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When Goldie Hawn recommended Elizabeth Berkley for a small role in First Wives Club, she publicly stated that Berkley deserved the opportunity to redeem herself after starring in the ridiculous Showgirls. That says it all: this sleazy, stupid movie, which mixes soft pornography with the clichés of backstage dramas, is the kind of project an aspiring actress would have to put well behind her to keep a career going (though costar Gina Gershon certainly benefited from her, uh, exposure in the film). Berkley plays a drifter who hitches a ride to Las Vegas, becomes a lap dancer and then a performer, and discovers--gasp!--there's a whole world of sex and violence involved with these things. Gershon is probably the best element in the film, playing Berkley's bisexual rival for the big spotlight on stage. Joe Eszterhas was well overpaid for writing this howler, and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) should have known better than to take it seriously. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This movie is about a girl, Nomi, who is running away from a troubled past. She flees to Las Vegas in hopes of making it big as a Las Vegas Showgirl. Gina Ravera, known as Molly, takes Nomi, Elizabeth Berkley, in off the streets. To survive, Nomi works at a seedy strip club, The Cheetah. As she attends Molly's work, she realizes how wonderful it would be to be in the show, Goddess. She auditions and gets into the show. Then, a rivalry develops between the star Cristal Conners, Gina Gershon, and Nomi, and Nomi ends up hurting Cristal in roder to be the star off the show. After sleeping with the entertainment director, she ends up as the star of Goddess. All goes well, until Nomi realizes that she has hurt everyone along the way of making it big. She also realizes that Las Vegas would have probably been better if she never hitched a ride to that city. She makes a couple paybacks, and travels home with some gained knowledge of Las Vegas Showgirls.
All and all, this movie looked beautiful, and kept me wanting more. Buy this movie today, you'll never regret it.
As for the movie, I found it to be an excellent drama about Nomi's tumultuous rise to stardom in the cut-throat world that the movie depicts. Is it a realistic view of that world? I don't know, I'm not part of that world. It's a MOVIE, it's entertaining, and there isn't a dull moment in it. I find it odd and hypocritical that people are bashing this movie left and right, calling it the worst movie ever, yet giving it an average rating of 4 to 5 stars!! Folks, you wouldn't be able to make a movie about this aspect of the Vegas club world without exotic dancing and nudity!! Just because there's nudity and violence in it doesn't automatically make it trash. Enough with the persistent Victorian-age attitude towards nudity in movies!! It's fine to dislike the movie if you don't like this kind of story, but it's a good movie!! And I thought Elizabeth Berkley was excellent in the role that she played. Nuff said.
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Terrible but some sweet shank shoots if you had a Saved by the Bell fetish.Published 7 months ago by ian scott kennedy
Its AACS version is 16 however the movie also has BD+. So it is not watchable under linux ∴ a stand alone player or a windows player is needed to watch.Published 8 months ago by K. JAHNKE
The Acting in this film is passable at best. The only good part about this movie is all of the breastsPublished 8 months ago by David Van Scheyndel
A deep satire about Hollywood and selling out or one of the best unintentional comedies of all time? You be the judge. I say a little of both. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Andrews
Possibly the best "so bad it's good" movie of all time. I really enjoyed the audio commentary too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Benjamin K. Melbye
Mostly just an excuse to see naked women, this movie. Plot is mediocre at best, acting is not great, directing is just awful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TNT