Pulp Fiction

Movie review by
Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Tarantino's masterpiece. Entertaining, yet violent.
  • R
  • 1994
  • 154 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 111 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

The film's extreme violence and drug use without legal consequences supercedes any of its socially redeemable qualities.

Positive role models & representations

No positive role models here.

Violence

Rape, drug overdose, car accidents, shootings, killings, vast amounts of blood, and so much more.

Sex

Includes characters discussing oral sex, plus depictions of sadomasochism.

Language

Holds the record for most use of the "F" words in any film (271 times). Plenty of racial slurs, too.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 13 year old Written byZachary Sohrab November 5, 2009

NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This movie almost got an NC-17 for it's violence and language, which concerns me most. The sex really to me is not an issue, but still it's not for k... Continue reading
Adult Written bydalton81000 December 27, 2011

It's not as bad as CSM says it is.

It's not as bad as some people actually say it is. I saw this movie when I was 12 years old. My mom said it was the most violent movie she had ever saw in... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymoviefreak918 July 5, 2010

Violence is overexagerated, everything else CS says is accurate

Don't let common sense fool you, the violence isn't that bad. While there is much shooting and killing, there are few scenes with lots of blood. When... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byKaggle October 4, 2015

Best Movie Ive Ever Seen

Stop reading reviews and watch it.

What's the story?

PULP FICTION combines four storylines, revealing them in a non-linear fashion, using an immense all-star cast of characters connected in seemingly random ways. They include professional hit men Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vince (John Travolta), their powerful drug-dealing boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), Wallace's wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), aging boxer Butch (Bruce Willis), and a host of others. Each character encounters each other throughout the film, resulting in a chain of events that changes the course of their lives.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's popularity, despite its majorly mature content. What role did sex, violence, drug use, and language play in this film's success? Did you find anything here offensive -- or does the humorous tone somehow soften the content?

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