Pulp Fiction

Movie review by Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Tarantino's masterpiece. Entertaining, yet violent.

R 1994 154 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 88 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 203 reviews

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age 13+

Amazing for Teens 13 and Up!

Okay let me just say something about Pulp Fiction and the rape scene, many people believe that this scene alone gives the movie an 18+, but you can really just skip it, it's quick and even if you don't skip it it's still not 18 plus it doesn't even show anything apart from the victims face as he is in pain (But I still recommend skipping it), other than that the violence is tamer than people say it is. One or two shootings (with blood) and around 6 or 7 shootings in total (many without blood). In my opinion once you hit 13 kids are mature enough to hear any amounts of language and in this film you really forget about it but yes there are 200 f-bombs. There are one or two sexual references some played for laughs and are quick and over before you know it. And now drug use, I think drug use is the main problem for kids in this film, a man injects heron in his arm as a result he gets high but this doesn't go so well for him so if anything it's a lesson to not take drugs. Same goes for the scene where Mia overdoses on cocaine, she almost dies because of this. There is also some drugs talk and characters smoke cigarettes frequently but keep in mind it's a crime movie so that's a given. Other than that I think a lot of the violence and language will be tuned out or forgotten by kids and the rape and drug use can easily be skipped over quickly. One thing often forgotten by parents watching this film is that it actually has a good message (Spoilers right here) the main character dies because he is foolish and almost plays around with crime and drugs, and the other main character (Samuel L. Jackson's) turns down continuing the life of crime because he knows it will only hurt him from there. It's a story of redemption, greed, crime and to a far and exaggerated extent, humanity. So please take your teens put on this movie for 2 and a Half hours (Skip the rape scene) and see what one of the most creatively revolutionary films is like.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 14+

Mature Teens Will Enjoy This Film... Watch with Parents

I recently watched this film with my 13-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter we all enjoyed it and thought it was not only very well made, but also very creative and sneakily poetic and philosophical. However, it is true that it has some explicit content. The language is very strong with constant use of the f-word (however, not even close to the record amount as CSM implies). There were also a few strong instances of violence, not as consistent or graphic as films such as Goodfellas or Reservoir Dogs, and definitely not as bad as people claim, yet still violent. These scenes are usually matched with mild blood spray and loud gunshots. There is also a fair amount of sexual content in the film, a few moderate sexual remarks, and one mild-moderately explicit, however still disturbing r*pe scene that is brief yet skippable. Along with all of this there is the drug use, there is probably four or five instance of drugs use (never graphic and never glorifying the act), one of which involves the injection needle, people may want to look away here. So yes, the film has some rather mature content. However I believe that mature teens should be able to enjoy and understand the significance and maturity of the content in Pulp Fiction. *The r*pe scene occurs during the sequence of Butch (Bruce Willis) and Marsellus (Ving Rhames) trapped with two psychopaths in the basement of the pawn shop, right after Butch decides to go back to save Marsellus. It's definitely worth it to skip and all that happens is Butch kills the rapist and the other, and saves Marsellus allowing them to escape.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.

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