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Reel Reviews – Showgirls


Reel Reviews #56: Per the commentary: “Why close what you can slam?” This film is so bad, it is good – sort of. For film aficionados this is required viewing. I always talk about great film, here is the antithesis. We have all heard of it, so let’s take a look. Yes it is April 1, but this is not an April fools joke. Today we take a serious look at Showgirls. “Thanks, I bought it at Ver-sayce.”

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14 Responses to “Reel Reviews – Showgirls”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Kevin Crossman Apr 1st, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Michael, nice to see you stretching the genres with this Reel Review. I really liked the discussion of this important landmark in cinema history and the details of the new DVD set.

    I absolutely love the album art for this episode — awesome photo! Such a different vibe than your recent photos from Disneyland (on your MWGblog). 🙂

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Jimmy Apr 2nd, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Good morning Michael, I’m on call for hospital work today, good day to catch a flick at home. Hmmm? Breaking the Waves? Wings of Desire? No, It’s gonna be Showgirls but only once though!

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Viva Podcast Apr 2nd, 2006 at 5:11 am

    Oh! We’ve been saying to ourselves…”when is Michael gonna review a GOOD friggin movie?” While this is an excellent “film,” Lisa really prefers the VH1 version with the digital bikinis. They add an unexpected element to the film that only improves it further. In fact, I have purchased a digital bikini for myself! 5 stars!!!


  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Michael Apr 2nd, 2006 at 5:56 am


    Thanks for the comment. The album artwork is a photo from early last year that I had taken to prove to Cameron Reilly of G’day World that I actually owned the “Showgirls V.I.P Edition.” I thought it would be an appropriate added touch for this edition of Reel Reviews.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Apr 2nd, 2006 at 5:59 am

    Greg & Lisa,

    Good call! I forgot to mention the VH1 version of the film. As you point out, watching the VH1 version is an entirely different and potentially rewarding experience.

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Steve Apr 2nd, 2006 at 8:37 am

    Sorry – not so bad it’s good, even sort of. Just painfully, utterly terrible. You’ll come away thinking of the 2 hours of your life you’ll never get back. If you’re a smoker, you could quit to give yourself some added longevity, then watch “Showgirls”. Otherwise, I can’t think of a justification.

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Five Hundy Apr 2nd, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    Fun show this week. I too am a fan of the VH1 digital bikinis. Comedy gold. I look forward to upcoming Reel Reviews shows covering Gigli and Ishtar.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Anthony Apr 4th, 2006 at 4:49 am

    The depth of your reviews always impresses me, this certainly was no exception. The facts of the writers other scripts is truly amazing! I want his agent! Sorry about the 8 or so hours of your life you have lost but you have done your country a great service my friend and should be recognized for your contribution!

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 Pureboy Apr 7th, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    Just an idea of the cult following this movie has:

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 Michael Apr 7th, 2006 at 3:11 pm


    Great link. If they had it at the Los Angeles UCB, I’d be up for it. Thanks.

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 J.J. Pooper Apr 10th, 2006 at 8:44 am

    I just have to say that this was one of your most entertaining reviews yet! I love the fact that you really talked about what is so f’d up about this movie. Great stuff! Thanks and keep up the great work.

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 Baron Apr 26th, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    A must read for film lovers is Hollywood Animal : A Memoir by Joe Eszterhas. You can read all the dirt behind the scenes Showgirls, Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Basic Instinct and other films he was a screenwriter for.

  13. Gravatar Icon 13 Jason Fish Jul 15th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Showgirls was the worst career move for… what’s her name? 🙂 Thanks for the review!

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