Widely mocked at the time – though it remains the widest released and highest-grossing NC-17 movie ever – Showgirls has become a cult classic, with midnight showings around the world (or at least when theaters were still open). I still think it's a bad movie, but I wouldn't take anything away from the people who appreciate its camp factor and frequent nudity.
The secondary popularity for the film has gotten so big it's spawned its own documentary. A recent RLJE Films acquisition, You Don't Nomi explores the film's rocky road from laughingstock to sacred object. The film features interviews with Toronto film critic Adam Nayman. He's one of the best in the business and literally wrote the book in its defense (as well as tributes to Ben Wheatley, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers).
You Don't Nomi also takes a look at the career of director Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch director of explicit films like Turkish Delight and Spetters, as well as the trashy-but-popular Total Recall and Basic Instinct, and the brilliant sci-fi satire of RoboCop and Starship Troopers. He also scored Isabelle Huppert her first Oscar nomination with the hot-button dark comedy Elle.
If they're open by then, You Don't Nomi hits select theaters on June 5. Regardless, it will be available for digital rental and purchase on Tuesday, June 9.