YMMV / Showgirls

  • Bile Fascination: It's an NC-17 movie that bombed in theaters. Some people definitely want to know why.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: 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 Gratuitous Rape of Nomi's friend is the final straw.
  • Designated Hero: Nomi. We're supposed to root for her as an underdog, but she comes off as a bitch for most of the movie.
  • Foe Yay: Nomi and Cristal mostly although by the end of the film it's barely subtext.
  • Fetish Retardant: For most people.
  • Ham and Cheese:
    • Gina Gershon has claimed this of her performance, once she realized just what kind of film she was making.
    • Took the Bad Film Seriously: However, reviewers (while they do generally acknowledge her performance as the best in the film) are usually left with the impression that she was fully committing to the material in a way that none of her co-stars could (or in some cases, simply didn't want to).
    • It's clear that Robert Davi is chewing the scenery as much as he can as Al, but he's the only character who gets a halfway-honest emotional scene in the film, even if ends with a hilariously-inappropriate line to Nomi.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Thanks to The Nostalgia Chick, "Man, everybody got AIDS and shit" and others are getting there. Now a stupid statement mix!
    • "It must be weird, not having anybody cum on you."
    • "I used to love doggy chow."
    • The bizarre sex scene in the swimming pool has also achieved some degree of infamy, given it looks like Nomi is having some kind of fit.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Arguably when Nomi pushes Cristal down the stairs.
    • For Andrew Carver, it's absolutely when he rapes Molly, which he had no reason to do since she intended to have sex with him anyway.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The rape scene is absolutely brutal and difficult to watch without trying to cover your eyes. Also afterwards when a badly injured Molly staggers back into the room.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • The 2004 DVD release came with shot glasses and a list of possible Drinking Games for the movie.
    • Just having a drink every time Crystal says "darlin'" is enough for most people.
  • Tear Jerker: Nomi saying goodbye to Molly right before she runs away again.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Siskel & Ebert tore into the film for completely wasting a chance to show the NC-17 rating wasn't just a way to slip porn into regular theaters.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Showgirls was originally supposed to be a pro-feminist commentary about women who work as strippers. Some suspect the movie's dark tone is a result of the writers and producers invoking this trope.
  • What an Idiot: Andrew Carver is too cruel for his own good when it came to Molly, who was a big fan and was excited to have sex with him.
    • You'd Expect: If Carver had some sort of rape fetish, he'd inform Molly, and make sure the whole thing was Safe, Sane and Consensual before going to town.
    • Instead: He calls his guards, punches her in the nose, and gang-rapes her like a monster. Needless to say, he got his comeuppance for this part, but this was arguably a What an Idiot moment for Joe Eszterhas, who wrote this scene, since the film helped destroy his career.note 
  • The Woobie:
    • Molly: to most audience members, she's the only character that's not a total dunce despite having it just as rough as Nomi.
    • Attempted with Nomi, as she's already a pretty abrasive, scheming person before corrupted by the glitz and glamour of Vegas. At best she's a Jerkass Woobie, at worst just a plain Jerkass.

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