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->''"You are a whore, darlin. We all are. We take the cash, we cash the check, we show ‘em what they wanna see."''
-->-- '''Cristal Connors'''

''Showgirls'' was a 1995 sexploitation film written by Joe Eszterhas and directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven. The only movie to receive a wide release under the NC-17 rating, this tale of the lives of UsefulNotes/LasVegas strippers set to the plot of ''[[FortySecondStreet 42nd Street]]'' may have been partially responsible for the rating's decline; it was basically an X-rated movie that went through the ratings process (which actually isn't required for an X rating; anyone wanting to make an X-rated movie will gladly release it as such on their own). That said, however, when compared to the explicitness of today's cable television series even the unrated version of the movie would barely qualify for an R-rating today.

The film tells the tale of [[PunnyName Nomi Malone]] (Elizabeth Berkley), a country girl who hitchhikes to UsefulNotes/LasVegas in hopes of becoming "a dancer" and eventually (after a lot of nudity, a lot of sleaze, a little violence, and a lot of choreographed numbers) making her way to the top.

[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showgirls_2:_Penny%27s_from_Heaven A direct-to-video sequel was produced in 2011]].

Compare this to the 1966 film, ''Film/BlowUp'', a daring film for its time that had a chance to shake up Hollywood film censorship forever, and ''didn't'' blow it.
!This film provides examples of:

* BabyTrap: James ends up getting engaged to Hope/Penny because he has gotten her pregnant.
%%* BechdelTest: Passes.
* BerserkButton: Nomi really hates being called a whore and being asked to be one.
* BlackBestFriend: Molly to the white protagonist, Nomi.
* BookDumb: Nomi's repeated mispronounciation of "Versace."
* BookEnds: The film ends with [[spoiler: Nomi catching [[ContrivedCoincidence the same car with the same guy]] who drove her to Vegas in the beginning. It is implied that she will go back to attacking people and being a hooker, like she did before the events of the movie]].
* BreakTheCutie: Molly goes through this when she is [[spoiler:brutally raped by Andrew Carver and his guards and no charges are filed because he's a celebrity.]]
* CampGay: Several of the male dancers, who mock the single ''straight'' dancer in the troupe.
%%* ChekhovsGun: The stairs at the Goddess.
%%* ChorusGirls
* ClusterFBomb: Nomi's primary method of expressing frustration, anger or any other emotion. Given the [[DarkerAndEdgier tone of the film]], she winds up doing this ''a lot.''
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Nomi. [[spoiler:We find out at the end of the film that her father killed her mother and then himself.]]
* CrapsackWorld: Las Vegas
%%* DepravedBisexual: Cristal.
* DogFoodDiet: Nomi is sheepish about having to eat it once. Cristal, on the other hand, is perfectly open about developing a taste for Doggie Chow.
* EasilyForgiven: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Crystal isn't mad at Nomi for having stolen her boyfriend and pushed her down the stairs. She implied that she herself did something similar to her predecessor though.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: Nomi is perfectly willing to do what came down to live, on-stage lesbian sex, screwing her boss to get a higher position, and pushing the lead dancer down the stairs to get her job, but she won't use ice cubes to make her nipples perky. You have to draw the line somewhere.
%%* {{Fanservice}}: The movie's sole ''raison d'ętre''.
* FeeFiFauxPas: Nomi humiliates herself in an interview by mispronouncing "Versace".
* FollowTheLeader: Joe Eszterhas' version of ''Film/AllAboutEve''.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Inverted. One showgirl brings her kids into the dressing room, and while [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight neither of them notice or care about being surrounded by topless women]], they go ballistic when another woman swears at them.
* HairTriggerTemper: Nomi tends to fly off the handle at other people for any reason-- or no reason at all.
* HellBentForLeather: The biker stage show.
%%* IdealizedSex: The legendary pool sex scene.
%%* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Word for word.
* InformedAbility:
** Nomi is supposed to be a brilliant dancer, but if you actually watch her dance she's not all that good.
** She's also supposed to be streetwise, but she really seems naive at times and falls for things someone genuinely streetwise never would have.
* InformedAttractiveness: There is a lot of fuss made about Nomi's hotness, particularly her breasts, which actually aren't that special.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures / MistakenNationality: In universe: A businessman named Okita (a Japanese surname) is said to be from Bangkok.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: This movie is/was intended to be a social commentary on the sex industry (and maybe capitalism in general) and a satire of Hollywood 'rising star' narratives. That's not the reason [[ADateWithRosiePalms most]] [[SoBadItsGood people]] watch the movie, however.
* JizzedInMyPants: Zack gets the full treatment when Nomi gives him a lap dance.
* KarmicRape: Andrew Carver's fate at Nomi's hands.
* KlingonPromotion: Nomi gets the lead in ''Goddess'' after shoving Cristal down the stairs. Cristal apparently did the same thing to get ''her'' first lead. It's implied that this is pretty much how the showgirl hierarchy works.
* LameComeback: "''You're'' gonna jump to ''your'' conclusion!"
* MamaBear: Julie is sort of this. Although she had already had a lot of tension between her and Angie it seems to have taken Angie upsetting Julie's children that caused her to [[spoiler: sabotage Angie and thus break her leg.]]
* StrawMisogynist: Most men, apparently, only see women as sex objects.
** And then there is Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom who seems to be an in-universe example seeing as what she does at the Cheetah is basically tell misogynistic jokes even though off-stage certain dialogue suggest it's all an act.
%%* TwoPersonPoolParty: [[http://showgirlsualuealuealeua
* MeaningfulName:
** Nomi Malone. Because she's trying to hide her past (No Me) and she feels all alone in the world (Malone).
** Otherise, No, I'm Alone.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. James doesn't believe Nomi has her period, so she challenges him to check... and he does. ''With his fingers''. She wasn't lying.
%%* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Andrew Carver is obviously inspired by Michael Bolton and other Soft Rockers: he has long hair and sings sappy love songs.
* NotSoDifferent: Cristal is proud of Nomi for having lied, cheated, and backstabbed her way to the top because she did the exact same thing to the lead showgirl before.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Nomi kicks the ever-loving shit out of rapist Andrew Carver.
%%* PingPongNaivete: Nomi, and how.
%%* RapeAsDrama
* RealMenHateAffection: Al's parting line to Nomi ("Must be weird...not to have anyone...come on you.") is intended as a heartfelt farewell.
* RecycledInSPACE: This movie is basically any number of backstage movies (particularly ''AllAboutEve'' and ''42nd Street'') set in the world of X-rated Vegas revues.
%%* SassyBlackWoman: Annie
* SleepingWithTheBoss: Nomi eventually sleeps with her new stage boss to get ahead (she had already given him a lapdance when she was still a stripper and not employed by him). The other girls call her out on this, because they have an unwritten rule against it.
* StaircaseTumble: The one in this film is infamous. [[spoiler:Cristal is shoved down the stairs by Nomi in a fit of pique.]]
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: James two onscreen love interests are Nomi and Penny who are both white.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Just as Cristal has almost successfully seduced Nomi, she tells her "Y'see, darlin'? You are a whore." causing her to snap out of it and storm off.

-->''"[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Man, everybody got]] [[MemeticMutation [=AIDS=] and shit.]]"''