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Showgirls | 1995 | NC-17 | - 9.6.8

Elizabeth Berkley is an aspiring Las Vegas showgirl who sees the seamiest side of stripping and dancing.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Many scenes with bare breasted women gyrating in g-strings; in some scenes we also see the bare rear ends of male dancers. There are a few scenes with full frontal female nudity, primarily when dancing: in one scene a woman is crawling away from the camera fully nude. There are a few scenes of women dancing suggestively together and a close-up of women kissing each other sensually. A fully nude woman dances suggestively close to a man who has an orgasm (he's clothed). A couple of scenes of simulated masturbation. A man and woman dance suggestively together as he fondles her chest and puts his hand down her pants. Oral sex is suggested between a man and woman; then they have sex and she is shown thrashing around in supposed ecstasy. Even when the women are clothed they're wearing cleavage revealing tops, tight dresses and short skirts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A brutal rape scene: three men hold a woman down as she screams and kicks and they pull off her underpants and hit her a few times so that her face is bloody; she is seen in a hospital with a battered, bruised face. A woman threatens a guy with a switchblade, holds a knife to another guy's throat and then kicks him numerous times (we see him spit up blood). Women punch and scream at each other a couple times. A woman is pushed down a flight of stairs.


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LANGUAGE 8 - 30+ F-words, many scatological terms, and many milder obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Stripping, Las Vegas, rape, homosexuality, ambition, power and sexism.

MESSAGE - It's alright to degrade women since they're worthless, sex objects.

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