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.
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."
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
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.