Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Comedy / Drama / Melodrama / Music / Parody / Satire
TW: Blood, Death or Dying, Homophobia and Heterosexism, Mental Illness and Ableism, Miscarriages / Abortion, Racism and Racial Slurs, Rape, Self-Harm and Suicide, Sexism and Misogyny, Sexual Assault, Violence
Worth Watching? No
Bechdel Test? Pass
Race Bechdel Test? Pass
Synopsis (from imdb): Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.
My Thoughts: There is a full on Nazi in this shit show. He dies a terrible death, but not before he literally heils Hitler and everyone smiles in reply. The Sapphics this film are both brutally murdered and in the pre-epilogue, the narrator explains that it is their fault they died because they were in a relationship with each other. As a matter of fact, any redeeming qualities of this film were completely shattered by the pre-epilogue, which was dripping with sexism, racism, and homophobia. The Muhammad Ali parody is literally referred to as an animal.
This was Pam Grier's film debut as extra.
Roger Ebert co-wrote the screenplay and his future film critic partner, Siskel, gave it 0 out of 4 stars.
Queer Body Count: 2
Straight Body Count: 2
Total Queer Body Count: 17 (25%)
Total Straight Body Count: 24 (10%)
Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 1
Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 1
Total Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 7 (12%)
Total Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 4 (2%)