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Directed by Paul Verhoeven

United States 1995 128 mins.

Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley in her bid to escape “teen actress” confines) is determined to crawl her way up the Los Vegas stripper pole and onto the showgirl stage, but she’ll have to do almost everything in her power to fend off the misogynistic swamp life that surrounds her. Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 follow-up to Basic Instinct epitomizes his films’ tendency towards radical critical re-evaluation after their initial panning, and whether one views Showgirls as intentional satire or the story of a girl doing her best to beat the odds, there’s a little something for everyone.

Content Warning: graphic depictions of sexual assault