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The naked truth about Showgirls: the 90s flop is a misunderstood gem

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Deliberately bad? So bad it’s good? Actually … good? Why, 25 years on, we’re still talking about Paul Verhoeven’s flawed Vegas drama

Showgirls is one of those movies that doesn’t so much divide opinion as defy it. Critical vocabulary breaks down in the face of its transcendent vulgarity. Is it deliberately bad? Unintentionally bad? So bad it’s good? Or just actually … good? Whatever the case, where other movies of a similar vintage have slid into obscurity, we’re still talking about it 25 years later.

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