Like The Room, Showgirls is a difficult movie to write about, because it’s so layered, and so intentionally & unintentionally brilliant, that I don’t have the kind of time I would need to properly get into it. There’s so much going on, and the characters are amazing. It’s another of a small handful of movies I’ve seen more times than I can remember. There are many ways to interpret it and to think about it… it’s really the sort of thing best left to an actual discussion, rather than a few paragraphs on the internet.
Basically, Showgirls follows a highly unlikeable protagonist named Nomi Malone as she travels through the circles of Hell to become who she is destined to be: an even worse person than she already is. She’s accompanied on this journey by a cast of horrible people, all with their own horrible problems and shortcomings (Al and Henrietta are my favorites- I’ve had trouble figuring out whether they’re married or brother and sister… I think they’re married). Nomi is by far the worst person in the movie, though. She’s awful, spiteful, stupid, and possibly bipolar. She goes insane at the drop of a hat. Just… if you haven’t seen it, check out this sweet moment in which Nomi’s fairy godparents stop in to tell her just how proud they are of her:
Showgirls is one of my favorites, and I recommend owning it.