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Sunday, 24 July 2016

SHOWGIRLS [1995]

Director Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls is apparently a cynical satire of Las Vegas show business but instead it mostly comes off as a poorly executed glamorized sleaze-fest.
We follow Nomi, a pretty young drifter, who pulls into Vegas where she fights her way to the top of of the celebrated showgirls.
With a little more imagination if might have been a fascinating study but instead the dialogue, characters and acting, all of which are shitty, wraps itself around this tediously plotted sludge.  Verhoeven calls it another one of his satirical films (ie. Starship Troopers, Robocop) but the witty sarcasm is completely buried underneath it's weak attempt at being a trashy exploitation film.   In the end it seems as nobody working on the film was on the same page and it shows in all the worst ways.

1 smiling snatch out of 5

2 comments:

Dr Faustus said...

I checked it out when it hit TV for the first time back in the day. It was probably cut, but it didn't matter because it was so bad that I turned it off midway through. The look behind Kyle's eyes that said, "If I didn't need the money...!" was only funny for so long.

cuckoo said...

Apparently Verhoeven took his name off the TV edit because it wasn't his original vision. :rolleyes:
He's lucky he has a few gold medal films because the ones that aren't are pure shite.

I read Kyle had no idea how bad the film was until the premiere screening. To this very day he still says he can't believe how bad it was and is somewhat baffled by it's cult following.

...he's not the only baffled one.

Movies like Plan 9, The Room or Sharknado I can understand the cult following because they're so bad they're fun....
...but this isn't very much fun at all.