Year of Release: 1995
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Approx. Running Time: 131 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Seduction, passion and power struggles unfold as the creators of Basic Instinct blow the lid off the seemingly glamorous world of Las Vegas showdancing to create one of the most controversial films of all time.
Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) has what it takes to make it as a Las Vegas showgirl - what she doesn't have is a way in. To survive, she accepts the only job available: lapdancing at a seedy club... until she meets Cristal (Gina Gershon). As Vegas' reigning showgirl, Cristal has everything Nomi wants - and they both know she's Nomi's ticket to getting there. Using her influence, Cristal places Nomi in her show and introduces her to the wild lifestyle that goes with it. But as Nomi dives deeper into the world she so desperately desires, a rivalry between the two women heats up and Nomi is forced to make a choice: follow her principles or pay the high price for fame.
With its honest, raw energy and incredibly erotic dancing, Showgirls uses "sleek seductiveness" to reveal "a world of exoticism and danger" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)... and isn't shy about taking you there.
If you like really bad movies that try to be sexy but end up just being funny, this is the perfect movie for you - a campy, crappy classic of the highest degree.
I originally gave this film a 1 Star rating, but when it came time to write my review, I had to admit that this is something of a guilty pleasure; so it's been upgraded to 2 Stars. It's still a really bad movie, but it's fun to watch. Oh yeah, and I placed it in the "Drama" genre because I didn't have enough films to create a "Porno Pretending To Be a Real Movie" category.
Rated NC-17 (MPAA)