‘You Don’t Nomi’ Film Review: Documentary Asks, Were We Too Hard on Camp Classic ‘Showgirls’?

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Jeffrey McHale’s feature debut, the “Showgirls” appreciation documentary “You Don’t Nomi,” works awfully hard to justify both its subject and its mission. But if you instantly appreciated the cleverness of its title, you’ll enjoy commiserating with fellow travelers.

It’s hard to overstate what a big deal “Showgirls” was when it hit movie theaters in 1995, though McHale gives us some sense of the pop-culture buildup that preceded it. It was directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, the team behind 1992’s similarly controversial success “Basic Instinct.” It was the first Nc-17 movie in wide release. And it would also be the first big-screen splash from a “Saved by the Bell” cast member, Elizabeth Berkley..

And then it opened.

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