'Showgirls'September 22, 1995
Synopsis: Young drifter Naomi Malone is on her way to Las Vegas with aspirations of becoming a famous showgirl. To make ends meet, Naomi takes a job as a stripper, something the experienced showgirls look down upon as akin to prostitution. Cristal Connors, the head showgirl as a topless review, takes notice of Naomi, but finds enjoyment in humiliating her and reminding her of her position. As Naomi begins to enter the world of Las Vegas showgirls, her talent gets her a great deal of attention, causing tension between her and Cristal and a battle over the top spot.
Legacy: 'Showgirls' was widely panned by critics, creating the critical phrase "Showgirls-Bad", describing a terrible film that is perversely enjoyable. Most of the attention for the film stemmed from its gratuitous nudity, simulated sex, and 'Saved by the Bell' star Elizabeth Berkley's abrupt change from her former persona as Jesse Spano. 'Showgirls' went on to become the highest-grossing NC-17 film of all time, and was nominated for thirteen Razzie awards, a record that still stands, winning a record-setting seven awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actress for Elizabeth Berkley, Worst Director for Paul Verhoeven (who accepted the award in person), Worst Screenplay for Joe Eszterhas (who earned $2 million for his screenplay), Worst New Star for Elizabeth Berkley, Worst Screen Couple for Any Combination of Two People or Body Parts, and Worst Original Song. The record for most Razzies would later be broken by Lindsey Lohan's 'I Know Who Killed Me', winning eight in 2008, and then Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill', winning ten awards in 2012. 'Showgirls' would go on to win an 8th award in 2000 for Worst Film of the Decade. The film has gained a cult favorite status since its release on home video, owed in a large part to people who ironically enjoy it for its terrible script and ridiculously acrobatic sex scenes.