Showgirls is a cult movie that took America a long time to warm up to. It was badly written, uncomfortably campy, and pretty much ruined Elizabeth Berkley's reputation. However, when people finally started to see it as a cult classic, Showgirls became a timeless gem that represented America's love affair with exploitative B movies during the Waterworld-era of film.
Public opinion aside, since its release 20-odd years ago Showgirls has sorely lacked a critical response from the one market that truly matters: exotic dancers. It’s a rare treat when the subjects of a movie are able to congregate in one area at the same time and talk about said movie while eating popcorn. But, that’s exactly what happened when I was allowed full access to the girls of Vivid Radio.
We asked Nicki Hunter, Ryan Keely, Kiki D'Aire, Mary Carey, and Kianna Bradley sit through all 128 minutes of Showgirls and talk about every aspect of the film.
With the gaggle of women having experience with porn, exotic dancing, and radio, they were able to offer their unfiltered views on the movie that so desperately tried to get exotic dancing right.