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I had heard the rumors that Showgirls was bad. Really really bad. Even the guys who went to see it for the nudity freely admitted that this was a BAD movie. So I never saw it, until a few weeks ago. Now I can confirm that it truly is a horrendous movie.
The worst part is the script. Wretched dialog, extremely limited character development, absurd interactions between the characters. Nothing made SENSE. Nomi's countless hissy-fits were horribly ill-conceived- even pre-schoolers don't act like that.
Speaking of acting- truly bad. And the worst acting was by the leading lady. The story of Nomi is intended to be the story of a girl who is destined to be a star. This, unfortunately, is NOT Elizabeth Berkley. Poor thing, I almost feel bad for her. She was obviously trying so hard. But she pranced around the screen like a newborn colt, all legs and elbows and ready to fall over. Her moves on stage and at the dance club were not at all attractive- waving her arms around as if to say "Look at me! I'm dancing! I'm dancing!" And her acting- just ridiculous. There is no better word for it.
Now for the direction- I realize that every second of a movie is staged and scripted, but it's not supposed to FEEL like that. Most of the movie felt creepy and awkward. I'm willing to admit that this may be mostly from the TRULY BAD script and the equally bad acting, but I'm not willing to let Verhoeven off that easily. His fault, too.
That being said, I did WATCH the whole movie, even though it was obviously bad by the first line. The truth is, I just HAD to watch, I HAD to know what happened next. That's the only reason it earns 2 stars.