Let's be fair, here. If we're meant to take any positive theme about gender from this, it's kind of undone by the character of the 'bad girl' leads. While the movie is best appreciated as pure pulp, it does manage some startlingly artful evocations, such as the appropriation of the train from a ghost of the past to a symbol of the unwanted son (both in virility and the way he 'haunts' his father's life).
Dónde filmar sin conseguir muchos permisos y transgrediendo la norma? La carretera, un contexto que Meyer retoma. Y cómo transgredir? A partir de la violencia y la exuberancia de sus protagonistas. Qué sino un grupo de chicas gogó, autos y violencia como estrategia para atraer a un tipo de espectador definido a esas filias. La historia no será buena, pero ese encanto semi grotesco articula cualquier defecto.
This is on TSPDT's list of the 1000 best films. Which just goes to show you that the majority of film critics are men. I think it has to do with Roger Ebert, who is the screenwriter for 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls'. This is just the elevation of schlock by a powerful critic.