I remember being genuinely nervous watching it, thinking that my dad would beat me had he watched it and discovered that we deceitfully snuck in. See at the time we were frequenting the new slasher movies, or Dawson's Creek horror as my brother would say. Verhoeven has never had an interest in tapping the brakes, god bless his rotten soul. In fact, my first experience with actual gore in a movie was the scene in Robocop where the big robot thing blew that yuppy out the window. Starship Troopers hit the spot so much that we gladly revisited several times once it hit VHS. It joined Desperado as the other movie we rented from Tuckers gas station, each time he would ask "does your father know you are watching this?" and each time we would lie.
Time has been kind to this schlocker, some hailing it a rich satiric masterpiece. I stand more with Jacques Demy in that regard, though I think there is something to be said about the outfits, the WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE adds sprinkled throughout, and the campy depictions of military rewiring. It works fine in either vein. But I'm no fanboy, at least I hope not.
The second reason I chose it is shallow and stupid but I think relevant. About six years ago after a late night of heavy drinking and mischief, my friends Cheddar, Shotwell, and Craver sought to accomplish the perfect Sunday of relaxing, eating questionable food, smoking weed, drinking lightly to ease ourselves off the wear and tear of the previous night, and watching trashy entertaining movies.
So we went to Wal Mart (where we saw a person we had gotten into a fight with the Friday before). We got Genny and the cheapest chimichangas imaginable and went back to my house. Needless to say we came up with the term Chimichanga movie in honor of how perfectly Starship Troopers hit the spot. I'll look upon that movie-watching experience with nothing but love, knowing damn well that it's now a thing of the past. But Starship Troopers remains one of the best trashy entertainments that I've ever come across and that's good enough for me.