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A dancer becomes understudy in a Las Vegas show, sleeps with the boss and pushes the star down a flight of stairs.
When Goldie Hawn recommended Elizabeth Berkley for a small role in First Wives Club, she publicly stated that Berkley deserved the opportunity to redeem herself after starring in the ridiculous Showgirls. That says it all: this sleazy, stupid movie, which mixes soft pornography with the clichés of backstage dramas, is the kind of project an aspiring actress would have to put well behind her to keep a career going (though costar Gina Gershon certainly benefited from her, uh, exposure in the film). Berkley plays a drifter who hitches a ride to Las Vegas, becomes a lap dancer and then a performer, and discovers--gasp!--there's a whole world of sex and violence involved with these things. Gershon is probably the best element in the film, playing Berkley's bisexual rival for the big spotlight on stage. Joe Eszterhas was well overpaid for writing this howler, and director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) should have known better than to take it seriously. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
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To heck with "good movies." To heck with good story. To heck with good acting, yet think Berkley, Gershon, Plummer, and MacLachlan act well enough given the script.
...Appraise this movie according to viewing naked, beautiful, dancing women all who dance well.
Movie demonstrates good choreography and clearly shows semblance of truth about the women who do it for a living, in regard of the movie, represented by two particular characters played by Berkley and Gershon.
Movie shows how it is behind the stage during a performance in Los Vegas.
Dances have been choreographed well.
Even the lap-dance done by the character Berkley plays is performed well.
...Married a dancer, marriage now over. Have a daughter who dances. Over the course of many years have seen a lot of dancing resulting with some sense as to how difficult and rigorous dancing is at the level Show Girls portrays.
Berkley has a lovely body. ...Surprised it is her, same woman, viewed on Saved by the Bell. a kids show watched with my kids, Saturdays when family was young.
Only thing. Berkley's character seems to eat food most dancers would normally avoid eating as often as her character does. Perhaps her unusal eating habits tells something of her character.
I think I know the secret to the cult status of Showgirls... Everyone involved in the movie really is convinced they're doing one of the greatest movies ever. They believe in their bold decisions are the embodiment of tenaciousness. This is where the humor lies... They are also working on one of the trashiest, possibly worst scripts EVER.
But their convictions are intoxicating!
The sets are professional, the costumes are well done, the light is exceptional, and the camera direction and movement is effortless.
Essentially, there are so many qualities that ensure this movie could be a superior film, if it weren't for the bombastic scenerios of these Vegas showgirls and the lude and crude svengalis that control them.
But it's a treasure... Lol...
The dvd bonus commentary is like watching a whole other film.