I was obviously skeptical about a sequel to the amazing-on-many-levels Showgirls, as one should be. Before plunging in, I did a little research. Showgirls 2: Penny’s from Heaven is a low-budget sequel written and directed by Rena Riffel, who is also the star. In most cases, when the writer, director, and star are the same person, the movie is probably a safe bet. Riffel was an ancillary character in the original film named Penny (at least until we were told that “no one wants to fuck a Penny,” then she was “Hope”). The movie also sports a fairly low budget (funded via Kickstarter, apparently), much lower than the 45 million in its predecessor’s pocket. It has a 2.2/10 on IMDB, which doesn’t mean much. So, all of this sounds promising.
Showgirls 2 picks up Penny Slot’s story, 15 years after Nomi Malone destroyed Las Vegas. She’s living with Jimmy (from the first movie), who now wants to start a t-shirt business using Nomi-inspired quotes. Penny isn’t content with this life, though, and wants to dance on what looks every bit like a public access show called Stardancers. What follows is a long and surreal journey.
This movie is FULL of Showgirls references. Sometimes, entire scenes are recreated (mimicked and mocked), and other times, the references are more obscure, but there’s plenty to look for. Don’t make it a drinking game, though, you’ll die. Several actors from the original reprise their roles here, too. All of this is bolstered by just how low budget it is, and how silly the acting can be. At the same time, the movie is self aware, and while that can sometimes spoil a movie of this caliber (like birdemic 2, or so I’m told…), it actually works in this film’s favor.
For Riffel, this movie was a labor of love, and I appreciate that. All in all, it’s pretty good, too. My only complaint is that it’s long. Longer than the original movie. I thought we were probably nearing the last 30 minutes when I paused it, only to find out that we were an hour in and still had another 90 minutes to go. It’s not that the remaining 90 minutes ended up being unwatchable- in fact, I like this entire movie. It’s just LONG. You may want to break your viewing up into 2 sessions, possibly on different nights.
I would at least recommend watching this movie, especially if you like Showgirls. Personally, I would own it. The current audio really fits the atmosphere and style of the movie, but Riffel is reputedly working on a new sound mix for future releases, so I may wait and see what’s going on there.
As a fun addition to this, I received this comment on the original post for this movie:
Get it on Amazon.