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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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Rated NC-17 (USA), banned in a few countries. Special features has director commentary and some extras including a lap dance tutorial.
Crystal (played 100% to the max, by Gina Gershon) is raw with so much camp, and absurd a mile a minute one-liners that you can't help but adore her. Gina Gershon, is all pouty trout lips, extreme hip-gyration, and butch lesbian undertones. I love Crystal. She the comedy role for the movie. Everything she says is ridiculous, and everything she does is calculating. But she's always right on the money.
Nomi on the other hand, makes out with a series of losers, treats her only real friend like a dish rag, and then beats up a rapist, and spits in Kyle McLaughlin's face before leaving Las Vegas. the film closes on a marquee of Nomi, aptly air-brushed, and vacant as she was throughout the entire film.
So then, why do I like Showgirls? That's simple. It's vulgar, and trashy. End of story. Some people like action films, some like Oscar films, some like comedies, and some like independent films. Me, well, I too like all of the aforementioned genres. But the day-to-day stress relief films, devoid of substance and deliciously awful on every level, those films I will always champion. Because, as a viewer, and as an advent film watcher, I feel we need the good, as well as the bad. Cinema has many things to offer.Read more ›
I had never seen it before, but I would only recommend it as a movie to watch only to laugh about. The commentary is pretty funny.
No Oscars here, but this should not have ended Ms. Berkley's career.
Kyle the Goblin survived this film, why not E?
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 13 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 14 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 15 months ago by David Van Scheyndel
Possibly the best "so bad it's good" movie of all time. I really enjoyed the audio commentary too. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Benjamin K. Melbye