Starring Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon. NC- At Bay Area theaters.
Elizabeth Berkley in 'Showgirls. After getting his start in his native Holland with wild, sexually explicit dramas like Spetters and Turkish Delight a Oscar nominee for Best Foreign-Language Filmdirector Paul Verhoeven came to Hollywood in the Eighties and rebranded himself as a can-do-anything sci-fi filmmaker with a slightly satircal bent. If you needed to make a film about a cyborg cop Robocop or send Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mars Total Recallhe was your man.
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It is perhaps one of the only films to bridge that critical gap between Film Quarterly which hosted a beyond extensive critical roundtable on the film last year and Joe Bob Briggs. Showgirls establishes its structural patterns so quickly that it seems ludicrous that one could spend more than 10 minutes ruminating on the obvious narrative parallels. Nomi Malone, an aspiring bon vivant and full-time cheeseburger consumer, arrives in Las Vegas with dreams of stardom.
Nomi, a young drifter, arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become the top of the Vegas showgirls. When Showgirls came out init was easy to see why the United Artists thought it had a hit on their hands. The script was written by Joe Eszterhas, who was riding of the high of the successes of Basic Instinct and Sliver.
Nomi Malone, a mysterious young girl with the ambition to dance embarks on a journey to Las Vegas to become a showgirl in a high-class hotel show. There she meets Molly, a seamstress at the Stardust Hotel and the two quickly become good friends. She gets a job as a lap dancer at the seedy Cheetah Club but after a chance meeting with Cristal Connors, the star of Goddess, the current show at the hotel where Molly works, Nomi manages to secure an audition for a spot on the chorus line.
It is my belief that Showgirls was conceived on a dare. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and Hungarian screenwriter Joe Eszterhas had collaborated very profitably on Basic Instinct and, as a follow-up, wanted to appeal to their horny male fan base even more directly. My understanding is that after drinking a lot of Eastern European beer -- something with an umlaut in its name -- Verhoeven told Eszterhas, "I bet you can't write a screenplay in which every character is unmotivated and unbelievable, every action implausible! Showgirls is a modern, filthy variation on the old A Star Is Born model, where a young, naive person goes to the big city with showbiz dreams and works his or her way to the top.
A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl. Now, from the same team responsible for Basic Instinctthe first film to get a wide release in North America while carrying the normally prohibitive NC rating there. Here it's the very R-rated Showgirls.
Given the public's seemingly endless appetite for musical adaptations of popular films, it's a mystery that, to our knowledge, we haven't arrived here sooner: "Showgirls. Sure, to call " Showgirls " -- a notorious, so-bad-it's-good box-office flop that ground then-budding Elizabeth Berkley's young film career to a halt -- "popular" is a bit of a stretch, but the story of Nomi's Las Vegas showgirl aspirations has since earned the distinction of cult film royalty. The film also, arguably, inspired more modern films like the critically-acclaimed "Black Swan.