Well darlins, it’s that time of year again—Peaches Christ is presenting her glorious annual tribute to the immortal apex of naked ambition, natural talent, and nuanced line readings known as Showgirls. And since it’s the 17th year Peaches is erupting out of that iconic Cristal Connors volcano, she decided to christen it the NC-17th Annual Showgirls. Come on down to the Castro Theatre on Saturday, August 23, to witness an unforgettable stage show starring Peaches, her tragic and flawed sidekick Martiny, Lady Bear, Mahlae Balenciaga—and none other than original Showgirls cast member Rena Riffel! The festivities begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at peacheschrist.com.
Since it’s the NC-17th screening, Peaches decided this would be a great opportunity to count down her top 10 favorite films to ever get this notorious rating. The NC-17 was first introduced in 1990 to replace the X (which used to be an actual rating, not just boilerplate porn marketing language). While several classic films succeeded despite receiving X ratings—including Midnight Cowboy, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, and Last Tango in Paris—it gradually became synonymous with so-called “adult movies” during the home-video porn boom of the ‘70s and ‘80s. When several high-profile art films, including one listed below, were given the damning X rating in 1989, the MPAA finally lurched into action after years of complaints and created a new rating intended for films that have explicit adult content but aren’t pornography: the NC-17 rating, meaning “No Children Under 17 Allowed.”