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Friday, February 7, 2014

The Aftermath of ShowGirls: What Ever Happened to Nomi Malone?

***Attention: I don't feel like summarizing the plot of if you don't know the characters, go watch the film***

A few days ago, HBO blessed me with the screen presentation one of my all time favorite films, Showgirls  around one in the morning. Despite feeling exhausted, I had to pull through and watch the entire film. Every time I watch this film, I search for an explanation of why everything turned to shit in the ending. One of the many reasons this film drew my attention was the anticipation and build up that Nomi Malone, our emotionally scarred protagonist, will rise up and succeed. The first hour and thirty minutes of the film, I rooted for Nomi to nail that audition for chorus line at the Stardust hotel. You see that she had talent and that she didn't haveto gyrate and thrust against a pole at the Cheetah Strip Lounge. I had all these expectations for her and for some reason her characters failed to make me like her at times. Nomi walked away (or ran out of something, *Literally*) she didn't want to be in because of her dignity. If she didn't want to sleep with strangers in exchange for money, she didn't do it. In all fairness she wanted to be careful of how people treated her in the business, but she was also very selfish and stubborn. She didn't want to fall back into the dark past she ran so far away from. So she let others suffer, especially the people who wanted the best from her.

I wasn't expecting all to go well in the finale, but why is it that Molly was left alone in the hospital after suffering the traumatizing rape incident with Andrew Carver. Nomi got her vengeance out on the guy, which is great and all, but now Molly practically was unemployed and handicapped. Maybe she would have received some hush money in the end. I just don't see the point of her being abandoned after she rescued Nomi from being homeless and kept quiet after witnessing the whole stair case shit with Cristal. 

As for Cristal Connors, Nomi's arch enemy, I secretly wanted them to develop an actual relationship with one another. It didn't have to be sexual or anything like that. Cristal could have been a mentor to Nomi and show her how the business works. But that film was memorable because of that awkward  tension between the two characters. So I guess if the plot changed than Nomi wouldn't find the ambition to become a Show Girl. Or even get an audition Thanks to Cristal.

Going back to Nomi, according to her cases she dealt with drug abuse, dealing with the law and all types of weird twists and debauchery. I knew that Nomi was a bad ass and she wasn't very good at hiding her past. She always gave a bad reaction when people offered her coke or sex. How come no one was suspicious about her past? (DIFFERENT PLACES! is never a good answer, honey!)

I still wonder what her upbringing was like, how did she become a dancer, and what gave her the initiative to go to Vegas out of all places to dance. Wasn't she from New York? Couldn't her dancing be appreciated in a city where Broadway and musicals have such a strong career point?

It's really confusing because although Nomi's past bercame exposed, she still had a chance to continue to be the Star of the Show. The only thing is that she would have to deal with the infamy and hatred of the other Showgirls. I guess thats why people go on to write fan fictions about what could have happened. But I don't have time to write fan fiction because Im not getting paid to do that.

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