Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls ★★★★★

"Taken at face value, the excesses of drugs and undeterred sex are presented as the real dangers in the new society. Aligning with the conservative condemnation of late 1960s vice, a line is drawn between overindulgence and murder. Those who stray too far from the Judeo-Christian ideals are punished harshly, though redemption by way of heteronormative monogamous love is still possible. This surface-level reading, however, negates evidence that the film is mocking this oversimplified moral high ground. Just because screenwriter Roger Ebert and Meyer were handing middle America what they wanted to hear doesn’t mean they didn’t do it with a tongue planted firmly in the cheek."

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