Seven Essential Vegas Movies: ‘Showgirls,’ This Wednesday

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The second installment in DTLV’s Seven Essential Vegas Movies series is the unrated version of Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 film “Showgirls,” and it screens this Wednesday, September 17 at Inspire. We’re forgoing the live commentary because people loved it too much, but we’re keeping the pre-show Q&A. This week’s special guests are raconteur/criminal attorney Dayvid Figler (creator and host of The Tell storytelling series) and the Showgirl of Burlesque, Kalani Kokonuts (Snoopadelic Cabaret, and winner of Miss Exotic World 2009).

As for the film itself: Former child star Elizabeth Berkley (“Saved By The Bell”) stars with Kyle McLachlan (“The Flintstones”) and Gina Gershon (pictured, “Ugly Betty”) in a sweet, old-school Hollywood romance about a small-town girl who finds romance and stardom in the big city. This movie has all the feels, as the kids say. Indeed, I’d tell you to bring the kids if this weren’t one of the raunchiest, greasiest films ever to be be released by a major studio. There’s really nothing we can say about it that the National Film Registry won’t say better when they finally nut up and add this smutty masterwork to their collection of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” It’s a longshot, I grant you, but when Nomi Malone holds a switchblade to one’s junk, doors just open right up.

The unrated version of “Showgirls” screens at Inspire, Wednesday, September 17, with special guests Dayvid Figler and Kalani Kokonuts. Admission is free with purchase of one $7 beer, cocktail or non-alcoholic cocktail. 21 and over.

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