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Showgirls (1995)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Showgirls (1995) -- showing off the girls

Dutch-cretin Paul Verhoeven gives "Plan 9 From Outer Space" a run for its money with this grind-house classic. "Saved by the Bell's" Elizabeth Berkley plays a cock-artist who hitches to Las Vegas to dance her way to the top of topless dancing. Gina Gershon is cast as a fellow hoofer/dyke and Kyle MacLachlan is a natural as Gina's pasty-faced, emasculated, boy toy.

Watch as Berkley pulls switchblades, kicks balls, and shoves rivals down flights of stairs as a way of making friends! This movie has more Lesbianism than a full season of "Xena: The Warrior Princess". One woman at my local Lackluster Video Crypt was heard by me exclaiming, "Pigs!", as she gazed at the big empty shelves of already rented out copies of the clipped R-rated version! Michael Medved and the Legion of Decency should kiss Verhoeven's ass for single-handedly destroying the theatrical market for NC-17 rated movies, not to mention, bludgeoning Berkley's movie career in the cradle. Neo-Neanderthal Joe Eszterhas penned the dialogue, apparently with his crayons. The whole thing is so bad, so exploitative -- IT'S RIVETING! -- Rating: $9.50

Tom Graney -- copyright Hollywood Outsider 1997

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