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The Unlikely Legacy of Nomi Malone

Films like 1995’s Showgirls only come along once in a century. The first and only NC-17 film to receive a wide release in mainstream theaters, it was a critical and box office bomb. And widely considered to be the worst film ever made. Roger Ebert called it “a waste of a perfectly good NC-17 rating.” Variety‘s Todd McCarthy said watching the film was akin to being “keelhauled through a cesspool.” For The Washington Post, Desson Howe called the film “an overcoat movie for men who don’t want to be seen going into a porno theater.” Tell us what you really think!

Written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct) and directed by Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop), Showgirls follows Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley), a drifter who hitchhikes to Las Vegas in hopes of making it as a showgirl. After a rough start, Nomi’s roommate Molly (Gina Ravera), invites her backstage to a topless revue show at the Stardust Casino. Starstruck by the show’s resident diva, Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon), Nomi makes it her mission to make it big at the Stardust, no matter the price… read more >

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