Showgirls

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.

Showgirls Nomi Hitchhiking
Only the lonely, Nomi Malone.

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:

Beautiful, right?  Showgirls is legendary, and when it was released, it was a giant bomb thanks to an unfair public.  This really shouldn’t even be considered a “so bad it’s good” movie, because even though there are some good-bad elements, the movie itself can stand outside of that lens and exist as a semi-serious film.  Seriously.  Try watching it several times, try thinking about it in new ways each time you watch it, and you may well start to see it in new, deeper ways.  We’ve watched this movie numerous times and there are so many ways to see it, it’s literally like watching a new movie every time.  Well, once you get past 8 or 9 viewings, maybe not, but there’s a lot to take in, and there are many payoffs, especially when you get beyond watching the movie ironically.

Showgirls Negotiation
She smiles like s shark, but her head is like a tropical fish.

Showgirls is one of my favorites, and I recommend owning it.

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