HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
1 chance sur 2
Betterman
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Yin Yang Master, The
Hail, Mafia!
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Mirai
Strange House, The
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Showgirls They Have Their Knockers
Year: 1995
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera, Lin Tucci, Greg Travis, Al Ruscio, Patrick Bristow, William Shockley, Michelle Johnston, Dewey Weber, Rena Riffel
Genre: Drama, Sex, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 4 votes)
Review: Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) is hitching to Las Vegas, but she could have chosen a better ride than the man who picks her up, so sleazy that she has to pull her flick knife on him to ensure he does as she says. He takes her to the big city all right, and mellowing he tells her that his uncle has a job opportunity for her because her big dream is to become a dancer there. But as he leaves her to play the slot machines, she quickly realises that he has actually abandoned her and stolen her suitcase into the bargain - Nomi is furious until she meets someone who can offer her a place to stay. Will Vegas be all this bad?

Director Paul Verhoeven said he thought he was making a version of the traditional "putting on a show" musical; the result, however, became the biggest laughing stock of nineties cinema. Its attempts at steaminess made those plentiful, straight to video "erotic thrillers" that Verhoeven's Basic Instinct inspired look sophisticated by comparison, with every scene risibly overheated. On the plus side, Showgirls certainly had a campy appeal that swiftly offered it a cult following among bad movie fans who couldn't believe their luck: a showbiz story that wallowed in the sparkly degradation of those who claw their way to the top of their profession, a Valley of the Dolls for the jaded turn of the millennium.

Mostly this was due to screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' conviction that characters in adult (as opposed to porno, of course) films should be incredibly aggressive - hence the constant, ludicrous hard-boiled dialogue ("Must be weird not having anyone come on you" is one of the more tender lines) and activity that suggests most people in this were either headed for decades of therapy, rehab or prison. The attitude to humanity in this is so sour that it seems to have been conceived by those thoroughly turned off by the mere concept of entertainers as none of them are doing it for the pleasure of others, they're wholly self-centred and will walk over just about anybody to get what they want.

There's a lot of meandering set up in Showgirls as Nomi starts off in a strip club, but is noticed by the big star at the Stardust nightclub, Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) who wants to either get inside her knickers or give her a major opportunity, if those two are not mutually exclusive. Trouble is, Cristal has already pissed off our anti-heroine and so a battle of wills ensues between them over the course of the running time where Nomi tries to resist the cesspool that is the underbelly of this glitzy world. There is so much of the brittle bitchiness that you can see why many considered this a comedy, and it was one of the few examples of true camp to arrive after the early nineties that was not tainted by the fug of self-consciousness that afflicted so much would-be moneymaking trash.

Its main problem is that the story doesn't really start until the last half hour, and if, by then, the nudity and swearing haven't entertained you, forget it, as Berkley spends what looked like three quarters of the movie topless, and almost all the other actresses here were obliged to show themselves off in their scenes as well. There was no shortage of memorable sequences, such as the swimming pool sex that had many who saw it falling about laughing, but while such mirth was undoubtedly there, it was hard to shake that hollow feeling. Perhaps Showgirls is essentially a sex film that sets out to shock only the most conservative audiences - no one else will be able to take it seriously, and it didn't do many of the actors any favours, with Berkley left to founder as her profile simultaneously went ballistic and plummeted. Showgirls was not only stuck in bitter disillusionment for the moviemakers, it wanted to leave the audience in the same position. Music by David A. Stewart.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 16511 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 

Paul Verhoeven  (1938 - )

Dutch director who is no stranger to controversy. He became famous in his homeland for violent, sexually frank films such as Turkish Delight, Soldier of Orange (a fine war epic), Spetters and The Fourth Man, after which he moved to Hollywood.

His first American movie, Flesh + Blood, showed he meant to continue as he started, and he was rewarded with the huge hit RoboCop. This began a line of lurid science fiction adventures such as Total Recall, Starship Troopers and Hollow Man, but his sexually-themed Basic Instinct and Showgirls were equally uncompromising.

Verhoeven's sharp sense of humour tempers his over-the-top style, but he frequently sails too close to being ridiculous for many to take him seriously. The war drama Black Book, filmed in his native Holland, raised his standing once more, and his black comedy thriller Elle won great acclaim for star Isabelle Huppert.

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: