History YMMV / Showgirls

19th Oct '17 10:27:28 AM ClintEastwood
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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Several cast members take their roles seriously, which contributed greatly to its cheesy reputation in the intervening years.
** Creator/GinaGershon comes close to [[SoBadItsGood salvaging]] the film. She's clearly trying her hardest to be emotionally sincere during the hospital scene at the end, and gives the closest thing the film has to a TearJerker.
** ElizabethBerkley could be said to have taken ''Showgirls'' too seriously. This is why she received the majority of the backlash from it. At least everyone else gave the impression that they were trying to distance themselves from it.
** Creator/KyleMacLachlan was rumored to have stormed out of a screening because he was told by Creator/PaulVerhoeven that they were making a serious art film and not... well, ''Showgirls''. [=MacLachlan=] himself claims no such event took place.
** If you watch the "Making Of" featurette included in the DVD, it seems like EVERYONE involved the film took it way too seriously. It's downright surreal, hearing people go on about "complex emotional bonds" and making serious attempts at character interpretation for a movie that turned out to be... ''[[SoBadItsGood Showgirls]]''. Meanwhile, Robert Davi is camping it up for all he's worth as the sleazy owner of the Alligator Club, clearly aware that the material couldn't rise beyond its narrow aspirations.
9th Oct '17 8:00:48 AM ThallianGold
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: From the very beginning of the film, it's very clear that there are very few people to root for. With the exception of Molly, every character is either incredibly sleazy, villainous or both. Nomi finds herself being used and taken advantage of by virtually every male character in the film in some way, shape or form, all while the majority of the female characters lie to her face or act catty towards her. The GratuitousRape of Nomi's friend is the final straw.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: From the very beginning of the film, it's very clear that there are very few people to root for. With the exception of Molly, every character is either incredibly sleazy, villainous or both. Nomi finds herself being used and taken advantage of by virtually every male character in the film in some way, shape or form, all while the majority of the female characters lie to her face or act catty towards her. The GratuitousRape of Nomi's friend Molly is the final straw.



* FridgeLogic: When discussing who to cast as the lead in "Goddess," a casino representative mentions [[SnarkBait LaToya Jackson]] but says they went with Cristal. After Cristal's sidelined, the producers discuss approaching Music/JanetJackson or Music/PaulaAbdul. Both these women were at the height of their fame during filming, suggesting that the "Goddess" act was lucrative enough and respectable enough to lure major pop stars from $80 million contracts that wouldn't have involved nudity. For comparison, the budget for ''Showgirls'' itself was $45 million.

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* FridgeLogic: When discussing who to cast as the lead in "Goddess," a casino representative mentions [[SnarkBait LaToya Jackson]] but says they went with Cristal. After Cristal's sidelined, the producers discuss approaching Music/JanetJackson or Music/PaulaAbdul. Both these women were at the height of their fame during filming, suggesting that the "Goddess" act was lucrative enough and respectable enough to lure major pop stars from $80 million contracts that wouldn't have involved nudity. For comparison, the budget for ''Showgirls'' itself was $45 million. Even assuming the producers were lying through their teeth, they'd likely get sued for slander.
29th Sep '17 8:00:30 AM ClintEastwood
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: There's a couple of great Music/{{Prince}} songs on the soundtrack; "Ripopgodezippa" when James and Nomi dance together at his place, and "319" during Nomi's first stripping scene.

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There's a couple of great Music/{{Prince}} songs on the soundtrack; "Ripopgodezippa" when James and Nomi dance together at his place, and "319" during Nomi's first stripping scene.



* DesignatedHero: Nomi. We're supposed to root for her as an underdog, but she comes off as a bitch for most of the movie.

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* DesignatedHero: Nomi. We're supposed Nomi ''really'' didn't even try to root be heroic. The HookerWithAHeartOfGold trope is attempted to be played with her job as a stripper/topless dancer, despite the fact that many of her actions in the movie come off as mildly amoral and a bit of a SympatheticSue. She gives what is apparently a lap-dance, but is just actual sex while he kept his pants on. She screwed her boss Zack Carey to get higher in the consideration to be [[PsychoLesbian Cristal Conners's]] understudy. Then she pushes Cristal down the stairs, which one character mentions resulted in injuries that would keep her out for up to a year. Sure Cristal was a bitch, but Nomi just stooped to the level of the bitchy dancer who purposely injured another dancer because she yelled at her kids. Even Molly is disgusted at Nomi for having done this... for a whole four minutes before she goes back to fangirling over Andrew Carver, who for some reason gang-rapes her. By the end, everybody forgives Nomi and treats her as an underdog, but some angelic force- the girl she comes off as a bitch for most of pushed down the movie.stairs, her boss, everybody. There's also the fact that her punishment of Andrew, to kick him in the face a few times, [[KarmaHoudini really did nothing to prevent him from raping again.]] Nomi leaves town at the end after threatening Andrew's life. Nomi was a Vegas star, did she think her disappearance would go unnoticed? What's stopping Andrew from attacking Molly again? Nothing.



* FridgeLogic: When discussing who to cast as the lead in "Goddess," a casino representative mentions [[SnarkBait LaToya Jackson]] but says they went with Cristal. After Cristal's sidelined, the producers discuss approaching Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul. Both these women were at the height of their fame during filming, suggesting that the "Goddess" act was lucrative enough and respectable enough to lure major pop stars from $80 million contracts that wouldn't have involved nudity. For comparison, the budget for Showgirls itself was $45 million.

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* FridgeLogic: When discussing who to cast as the lead in "Goddess," a casino representative mentions [[SnarkBait LaToya Jackson]] but says they went with Cristal. After Cristal's sidelined, the producers discuss approaching Janet Jackson Music/JanetJackson or Paula Abdul.Music/PaulaAbdul. Both these women were at the height of their fame during filming, suggesting that the "Goddess" act was lucrative enough and respectable enough to lure major pop stars from $80 million contracts that wouldn't have involved nudity. For comparison, the budget for Showgirls ''Showgirls'' itself was $45 million.



* HarsherInHindsight: When the guy that drove Nomi to Vegas asks her "What, has no one ever been nice to you?", it becomes a little sad when you learn her past.

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When the guy that drove Nomi to Vegas asks her "What, has no one ever been nice to you?", it becomes a little sad when you learn her past.



* LesYay: Nomi and Molly. She even gives her a goodbye kiss.



* {{Squick}}: Nomi licking a stripper pole. Mm, tetanus and other bodily fluids that might be there.

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Nomi licking a stripper pole. Mm, tetanus and other bodily fluids that might be there.
11th Aug '17 4:46:41 PM jonathan-sherwin
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* {{Squick}}: Nomi! Don't lick the pole!

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* {{Squick}}: Nomi! Don't lick the pole!Nomi licking a stripper pole. Mm, tetanus and other bodily fluids that might be there.
27th Jun '17 2:33:32 PM Erin582
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** There's a dramatic pause in a conversation about brown rice and vegetables. That's before they start talking about eating dog food.

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** There's a dramatic pause in a conversation about brown rice and vegetables. That's before they Nomi and Cristal start talking about eating dog food.food and rubbing their snacks together in some sort of odd, ritualistic blood oath.


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** The EditedForSyndication version! The great majority of it, from the mismatched voices to the scenes deleted or chopped down to the point that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment it doesn't connect to anything else in the film]] to, most infamously, [[SpecialEffectsFailure the digital bras and even clothing put on the women.]] It almost transforms it onto a [[NarmCharm different type of film.]]


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** There's now [[https://youtu.be/Gn1CG-XDwPs a video that reimagines the film as a sitcom.]]
5th Jun '17 6:14:23 AM M3
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope. Part and parcel of why this movie is a CultClassic or filled with BileFascination is that there is SOMETHING this movie wants to say, but it has no idea what stance it wants to take nor does it know how or what it really wants to say. For every point the movie makes, there's about three fingers against why that stance is a bad one.

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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope. Part and parcel of why this movie is a CultClassic or filled with BileFascination is that there is SOMETHING this movie wants to say, but it has no idea what stance it wants to take nor does it know how or what it really wants to say. For every point the movie makes, there's about three fingers against why that stance is a bad one.one/hypocritical/naive.
22nd May '17 4:44:18 PM M3
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope. Part and parcel of why this movie is a CultClassic/DirtyPleasure/BileFascination is that there is SOMETHING this movie wants to say, but it has no idea what stance it wants to take nor does it know how or what it really wants to say. For every point the movie makes, there's about three fingers against why that stance is a bad one.

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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope. Part and parcel of why this movie is a CultClassic/DirtyPleasure/BileFascination CultClassic or filled with BileFascination is that there is SOMETHING this movie wants to say, but it has no idea what stance it wants to take nor does it know how or what it really wants to say. For every point the movie makes, there's about three fingers against why that stance is a bad one.
22nd May '17 4:43:39 PM M3
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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope.

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* TrueArtIsAngsty: ''Showgirls'' was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's [[DarkerAndEdgier dark tone]] is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope. Part and parcel of why this movie is a CultClassic/DirtyPleasure/BileFascination is that there is SOMETHING this movie wants to say, but it has no idea what stance it wants to take nor does it know how or what it really wants to say. For every point the movie makes, there's about three fingers against why that stance is a bad one.
13th Mar '17 4:56:04 AM ThallianGold
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* FridgeLogic: When discussing who to cast as the lead in "Goddess," a casino representative mentions [[SnarkBait LaToya Jackson]] but says they went with Cristal. After Cristal's sidelined, the producers discuss approaching Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul. Both these women were at the height of their fame during filming, suggesting that the "Goddess" act was lucrative enough and respectable enough to lure major pop stars from $80 million contracts that wouldn't have involved nudity. For comparison, the budget for Showgirls itself was $45 million.
13th Mar '17 4:43:16 AM ThallianGold
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