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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film's extreme violence and drug use without legal consequences supercedes any of its socially redeemable qualities.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models here.
Violence & Scariness
Rape, drug overdose, car accidents, shootings, killings, vast amounts of blood, and so much more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Includes characters discussing oral sex, plus depictions of sadomasochism.
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Holds the record for most use of the "F" words in any film (271 times). Plenty of racial slurs, too.
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Products & Purchases
References to Burger King. Mock brand fast food products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heroin use plays a major role in the film. A character smokes pot using a bong.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film glorifies violence, drug use, and sexual themes. Gunplay, robbery, swearing, drug use, drug dealing, lying, cheating, violence, male rape, sadomasochism, and driving under the influence. A character is shot in the face and it's played for jokes. In one extremely graphic scene (one that supposedly incited seizures in some epileptic audience members), a character plunges a syringe into a woman's chest to save her from experiencing a heroin overdose. The director seems to mock product placement by featuring original brands created for the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie boasts groundbreaking direction, cinematography, screenwriting, soundtrack, and extraordinary performances (particularly by Thurman, Travolta, and Jackson). Pulp Fiction had an immeasurable impact on both mainstream and independent filmmaking in the '90s. Despite the film's innovation and success, however, the extreme violence and sexual content featured in the film makes it wholly inappropriate for kids and all but the most mature teens.
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