The Washington Post

Logo will air 24 hours of ‘Showgirls’ on April Fools’ Day

Elizabeth Berkley in “Showgirls.” (United Artists) (Photofest/HO)

Entertainment Weekly delivers the news of this delightful April Fools’ marathon featuring one of the best bad movies of all time.

Desson (Howe) Thomson writing for The Post called “Showgirls” “a skinflick posing as a hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it-is indictment of Vegas, Hollywood and America.” He explained the plot thusly:

In this licentious "All About Eve" fable, nude dancer Nomi Malone (newcomer Elizabeth Berkley) elbows and scratches her way to the top of the nudie heap, while stripper queen Cristal Connors (Gina Gershon) alternately tries to keep her down and seduce her. With its catfights in the dressing room, bump-and-grind sex in swimming pools, private lap dancing in dark corners and a general atmosphere of nastiness, "Showgirls" is a one-of-a-kind experience. If this is what you're after, you won't be disappointed.

The film, which also stars Kyle MacLachlan in his post-“Twin Peaks” days, was a flop: It cost $45 million to make and grossed just over $20 million at the domestic box office.

But it has found a cult following through video rentals, its V.I.P. DVD edition and on cable. The TV version is heavily edited to a hilarious effect. (See: Digi-bras placed on nude women.)

Now if someone could convince a cable channel to air a “Troll 2” marathon, the life of this writer — a self-professed bad movie fan — would be complete.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Sleep advice you won't find in baby books
In defense of dads
Scenes from Brazil's Carajás Railway
Play Videos
For good coffee, sniff, slurp and spit
How to keep your child safe in the water
How your online data can get hijacked
Play Videos
How to avoid harmful chemicals in school supplies
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
How much can one woman eat?
Play Videos
What you need to know about Legionnaires' disease
How to get organized for back to school
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom