January 5, 1996
Web posted at: 8:15 p.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
(CNN) -- This week's home video newcomer is that controversial movie "Showgirls." It begins with an unimpressive introduction to Elizabeth Berkeley's character Nomi. If she strikes you as smug and unlikable, the movie's not much better. At its heart, "Showgirls" is just another "Kid, you're going out there an unknown, but coming back a star" cliché. Except this film adorns it with a spectacularly large amount of nudity, and a cast of universally unsympathetic characters.
For all the rampant nudity, the film is not terribly sexy. A few so-called love scenes and a rape sequence only add to the film's tastelessness, without much dramatic effect. The version in the stores is an edited "R" version. The original "NC-17" version is available by mail order via an 800 number.
You'll find this film on a number of 1995's worst films lists. And since the year 2000 is coming up pretty quickly, it's a contender for the end-of-century list as well.
See you at the rental counter.
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