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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: R

Somewhat-fictionalized biopic of Jacqueline Susann (Bette Midler), whose dream of being famous finally materialized when she wrote the seamy, best selling novel Valley of the Dolls. Also with Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, John Cleese, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Peet, Jason Fuchs, John Larroquette, Richard McConomy, Rebekah Mintzer, Dina Spybey, Sam Street and Frank Vincent. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Lots of sexual innuendo (including references to lesbianism and anal sex) and some kisses. We hear and see some "erotic" but not graphic passages from the novel Valley of the Dolls. One presumably post-coitus scene in which a woman wearing a robe and a fully dressed man are talking in a hotel room. In the opening credits, we see illustrations of scantily clad or nude but strategically posed women, only slightly more revealing than an average romance novel cover. Lots of cleavage-revealing outfits.

VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - A woman is shot in a stage play and women scuffle in a scene from a movie. We see a very ill-looking woman lying in a hospital bed.

PROFANITY 6 - About 9 F-words, a profane gesture, several anatomical references and slang terms, several scatological references, several mild obscenities, a few insults and some name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ambition, fame, show business, book publishing, cancer, death, autism.

MESSAGE - Your dreams can and will come true if you try hard enough.

Special Keywords: S4 - V1 - P6 - MPAAR

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