Two and a bit years of writing a film blog, and it’s finally come to this. Showgirls (1995), directed by Paul Verhoeven, is one sloppy, greasy, glittery mess of a film. Telling the story of Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley), a drifter with a talent for dance, Showgirls is about drive and passion, and clawing your way to the top within the sleazy context of Las Vegas.
Highly acclaimed as one of the worst films ever, Showgirls is a campy classic that I didn’t entirely hate. Here is a selection of my thoughts after watching the film.
- Showgirls is perhaps the best worst film ever.
- With the worst ever acting from Elizabeth Berkley (worse than this), Gina Gershon, and Kyle MacLachlan, the whole film is basically a barrel of laughs.
- But what the poor acting and extremely bad script conceals is a pretty solid story about drive, and the personal attainment of goals at whatever cost.
- The direction by Paul Verhoeven is pretty amazing, and cinematography by Jost Vacano highlights the best of the sleaziness of Las Vegas.
- In fact, the production values in general are pretty high. There are a number of complex dance sequences, glittery costumes, and set pieces that must have cost a pretty penny. The film is visually interesting at every turn, particularly if you enjoy watching lovely ladies dancing with little to no clothes on.
- In fact, Showgirls may be one of those trainwreck (no, not Trainwreck) type of films where it’s so bad that you can’t look away.
- Elizabeth Berkley’s acting as the unforgettable Nomi Malone is so bad that it’s almost endearing. It becomes very obvious very early on that she’s trying to distance herself from the goody-two-shoes role of Jessie Spano from Saved by the Bell, the classic television series that ended in 1993. But perhaps she was trying a little bit too hard in this one.
- The sex scene between our hero Nomi and Kyle MacLachlan’s character is particularly terrible, and I’m surprised that no one was physically harmed, or drowned, during the filming of that scene. It just makes you ask, what were they thinking?
- Ultimately, Showgirls really isn’t that bad. It’s bad, but it’s not aggravatingly terrible. It’s really funny to watch with a group of friends, and perhaps a glass of wine.
Watch the trailer here (caution: nudity!).