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Paul Verhoeven United States, 1995

Z's rating of the film Showgirls

After a string of commercial hits Verhoeven's winning streak came to an end with this Joe Eszterhas-scripted debacle. It may have been Verhoeven's intention to make a gaudy satire of backstage machinations among Vegas showgirls, but this film fails as farce and as drama. Berkeley's performance is a series of terrible choices which exert the sick fascination of a traffic accident. Vile trash passing for entertainment.