Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls has a well-earned reputation as one of the campiest movies in cinematic history. From the cheesy dialogue, the terrible acting and the painfully awful screenplay, it’s a monument to ineptitude – yet it’s oddly watchable, if only to marvel at how Elizabeth Berkley went from a good girl on Saved by the Bell to a topless dancer.
We’re not sure who decided that editing Showgirls for mainstream television was a good idea – because chopping out all the profanity and hilariously choreographed sex scenes sort of defeats the purpose of watching Showgirls in the first place – but we’re glad someone did, because the results are actually every bit as entertainingly awful as the unedited version of the film.
To make Verhoeven’s trash classic TV friendly, enterprising censors had to reloop loads of vulgar dialogue. While none of it quite reaches the sublime level of the edited Big Lebowski’s “this is what happens when you meet a stranger in the Alps!”, the new edits are still pretty amusing.
What’s really amazing, though, is the decision to place digital bras and shirts over topless women in numerous scenes. CGI’s come a long way over the years, but this will not go down as one of the artform’s finest moments. The digitized undergarments are clearly computer generated, and there’s something almost hypnotizing about watching the various bra straps undulate like snakes or not connect to anything during various scenes where the actors move about and the visual effects guys can’t quite make the bras keep up with the people they’re supposed to be covering.
Fortunately for all of us, we don’t have to sit through a full screening of the edited Showgirls for these few moments of hilarity. A YouTube user has compiled all the new awfulness into one condensed video, which you can see for yourself below.
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