Valley of the Dolls

1967 PG-13 2h 3m DVD

Valley of the Dolls

1967 PG-13 2h 3m DVD
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A small-town girl heads to Broadway, where she meets a plucky songbird and a bewitching beauty. This adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel follows the rise and fall of the three starlets, who succumb to the lure of prescription pills.
Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Susan Hayward, Lee Grant, Joey Bishop, Robert H. Harris, Robert Viharo, George Jessel, Jacqueline Susann
Mark Robson
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Valley of the Dolls is an intense melodrama (and cult classic) based on the novel by Jacqueline Susann about the darker side of fame. Drinking and prescription drug use is a central theme, though the film clearly illustrates how destructive addiction is. Adult sexuality also is a core theme (sex, pornography, and abortion all are plot points), and some adult language is used ("bitch," "ass", "queer"), making this film best for older teens and up.

Sexual Content

Although no one is shown completely nude, there are a few non-graphic sex scenes, and adult relationships and sexuality are shown. One character becomes a porn star and has an abortion, and another has a one-night stand with a stranger while intoxicated.


One character commits suicide by overdosing on pills.


Although profanity isn't used extensively, it's used occasionally throughout the movie and includes "bitch," "ass", "queer," "fag," "f----t," and "whore."

Social Behavior

Although the majority of the film shows the three central characters behaving recklessly, the overarching message is that drinking excessively and taking drugs is dangerous and can ruin your chances of success and happiness. Fame may start out as glamorous, but it's quickly apparent that the trappings of fame can very easily become overwhelming and corruptive.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The majority of the characters is shown drinking and taking prescription drugs (called "dolls"). One character goes to rehab for addiction to pills, and another commits suicide by overdosing on them.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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