As 'Blue is the Warmest Color' gets an NC-17, 10 notable films to have received the rating
From 'Shame' to 'Showgirls,' why the MPAA's highest rating is no badge of dishonor
8. "Showgirls" (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
“Nudity and erotic sexuality throughout,” screams the faintly tautological MPAA warning for Verhoeven’s equally reviled and adored tack-fest, as if anyone might approach something titled “Showgirls” expecting high Victorian collars and courtly romance. I must confess that, having seen the film before it acquired (or I became aware of) its camp classic status, I never thought it particularly terrible, much less particularly shocking: rather, it’s a slimy but grandly entertaining update of the fluffiest strain of Hollywood backstage melodrama, albeit with heavier breathing. That was enough to make it the highest-grossing NC-17 release to date: well played, all.
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