Review in Brief: You Don’t Nomi (2020)

YOU DON’T NOMI is a pleasingly in-depth documentary deconstruction of Paul Verhoeven’s infamous stripper film SHOWGIRLS. Admittedly, there’s a lot of fun to be had inserting scenes from Showgirls onto handy screens found within other, “better” Verhoeven movies, and they use this trick a few times to entertaining effect to link chapters in the debate. The analysis is insightful, the fans and detractors passionate and the exploration of this film’s life after the Razzies (which were of course accepted in person by Verhoeven) is fascinating. You might never be able to shake the opinion that the film was, and always will be, irredeemably bad, but after watching this it’ll be difficult to deny that it was, and always will be, interesting. You’ll never look at Showgirls in quite the same way again. Different places, indeed! SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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