Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Borderline porn cult "hit" with drugs, rape, topless fights.

NC-17 1995 131 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 15 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

It's a good movie

My son watched this at twelve. I would have been mad, but I realized he's going through changes, and porn can be an interest. I told him it was okay, and that I did things like it when I was his age. I wouldn't really was nt him to watch this, but it's part of life. Overall, it's a good movie. P.S.: Nudity is the point of the movie.
age 18+

Showgirls Parent Guide

This movie was just made for money. No great messages and no great role models. Too much sex (A.K.A. anal or regiment) and dirty massages (A.K.A. oral). A woman is beaten and raped. A guy bites a lady's nipples. "Whores" are mentioned. Some people who watch porn on the internet hate it too. The heck with this movie. This movie is not for kids under 18. More like not for civilized human beings. One of the worse movies of all time. I rather eat trash than watch that movie. There is more about this movie that I am not going to mention.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 22, 1995
  • On DVD or streaming: July 17, 2007
  • Cast: Elizabeth Berkley, Gina Gershon, Kyle MacLachlan
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 131 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NC-17
  • MPAA explanation: nudity and erotic sexuality throughout, and for some graphic language and sexual violence.
  • Last updated: May 4, 2022

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