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25 Years Later On, It’s Obvious We Got “Showgirls” All Incorrect

25 Years Later On, It’s Obvious We Got “Showgirls” All Incorrect

Former “Saved because of the Bell” celebrity Elizabeth Berkley’s performance almost torpedoed her whole profession

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Not one thing of beauty in the Western canon has seen its fortunes increase and fall because precipitously as Showgirls, its zig-zagging-leg poster right there within the dictionary underneath the concept of “film maudit.” Paul Verhoeven’s erotic satire par excellence was greeted by experts with near-unanimous revulsion, gradually reclaimed by a passionate cult audience worshipful of whatever they saw being a lovable badness, last but not least reappraised by a faction of experts and academics more likely to simply accept its over-the-top sex as commentary. (altro…)