Berkley (Saved by the Bell) is Nomi Malone, a mysterious,
sassy, emotional basket case with a dream.
Thumb out, hips a-swayin' and a tad too much bounce in her
step, Nomi hitches her way to the city she will one day rule....
She's picked up by the hunkiest southern, rock-a-Billy, and
within the first minute she's smashed his radio (She hates
Garth Brooks!), pulled out her switchblade to his advances
and throws sass at him by the heap loads.
yourself, Elizabeth Berkley has only two kinds of acting modes:
1) Sassy, over the top, elated, giggle-fest
2) Emotionally foiled, outcast, crybaby
She is a director's dream!
Nomi is a total sucker. She is robbed of everything that she
owns by the guy who picked her up. This upsets her. And when
Nomi gets upset she always beats on the nearest parked car.
Boy, can this girl throw a tantrum! The owner of the victimized
automobile attempts to stop her. Big mistake. Nomi starts
swingin' everywhere! All fists and elbows (much like her dancing
as you'll soon discover). Then she vomits and runs into traffic
(much like someone who has seen her dance).
you haven't figured it out already, her dream is to become
a showgirl. You will see and understand the obsession through
her eyes. You will be sucked in by the irresistible, larger
than life Vegas acts. They're comparable to the grandest of
David Copperfield's live show finely tuned with a solid gold
dance number... and tits, tits, tits!
You'll get chills watching Nomi study they're performances.
She mimics the dance moves perfectly, and the determination
in her eyes will force you into one realization... Hey, this
girls got it!
was very clear to me that Elizabeth hardly needed to act for
this part. This was happening to her now! Her big movie role
was her "showgirl" dream! Do you follow me?
is forced to start at the bottom... stripping. Despite her
oddly shaped figure, spastic dance style and "marching
band" grace, she's the most popular girl in the club.
You're going to adore the $500 private dance that she does
MacLachlan. It's a horny-dog-leg-humping gone completely rabid.
And it is here that we're introduced to her patented "Fish-out-of-water,
torso flop". It has to be seen to be fully understood...
doesn't take long before she's discovered and given her first
audition. But it's not the glamorous, showbiz audition that
she had expected.
"OK, girls, show me your tits!" They're heads
"I gotta topless show here for Christ's sake, lemme
see some tits!"
Can this be right? Nomi's here to audition for the showgirl
slot, not some sleazy strip...
Then he approaches her.
"Got somethin' wrong with your nipples?"
he barks "Play with 'em, stick 'em up"
The haunting music murmurs as a bowl of ice is brought into
"Here, put ice on 'em".... but Nomi doesn't
take shit from no one! She smacks the bowl in the air and
runs like a coward. Of course, the auditioner loves her attitude
and gives her the spot. Wow, what an unexpected turn of events.
of my most favorite parts is Nomi and her quest to buy a dress.
It's a black mini dress, lined with stunning gold hockey pucks.
She decides to try it on.
Salesgirl: "It looks quite good on you."
Nomi: "It doesn't suck" She delivers her
catch phrase and follows it with a sassy, 2-step tap dance...
yes, a tap dance (I rewatched it several times to make sure).
The next scene is her skipping from the shop with garment
bag in hand.
"I can't believe I bought the dress!"
At this point I arose from my seat, raised my hands above
my head and boldly declared "I can not believe
she bought the dress!"
You'll do the same. I guarantee it.
the greatest scene is still to come. It's the outrageous pool-fuck
between Kyle MacLachlan and Elizabeth (Definitely the reason
Kyle took the part). It's an encore of her signature "Fish
out of water, torso flop" and Kyle's expression is that
of a witness to a school bus plummeting into a quarry.
movie concludes with Nomi conquering Vegas and leaving it
for a more decent life. Her ultimate glory is satisfied as
she's picked up again by the same guy who stole her stuff
at the beginning. Flicking her switchblade, we see the truck
swerve past a billboard that reads "Nomi Malone is GODDESS".
the conclusion of this film you will surely agree.