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YMMV: Showgirls
  • 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).
  • 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."
    • 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.
  • 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 and 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.
  • The Woobie:
    • Molly.
    • Attempted with Nomi, as she's corrupted by the glitz and glamour of Vegas.

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