A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Music from the Motion Picture Pulp Fiction is mainly a collection of superb, classic surf, rock 'n' roll, soul and folk songs that were used in the film. Artists represented include Dick Dale, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Dusty Springfield, Kool & the Gang, and Ricky Nelson. However, several tracks either consist of, or include, dialogue from the film, much of which could offend sensitive listeners. The dialogue includes "f--k" in various forms, as well as "s--t" and "prick." One track discusses buying beer and smoking hash in Amsterdam. A couple of songs are somewhat sexually suggestive, but there's no explicit sexual content. There is, however, threatened and actual violence; the final track includes the sound of a man being gunned down.
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What's the story?
MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE PULP FICTION is the soundtrack album from Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film. It features mainly the classic surf, rock 'n' roll, folk, and soul music used incidentally in the film. Artists include Dick Dale, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Kool & the Gang, the Statler Brothers, Ricky Nelson, and Dusty Springfield. Also on the soundtrack is Urge Overkill's cover of the Neil Diamond song "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," and several audio clips from the film. The movie clips are reflective of the film's dark humor, and its frequent use of curse words and violence.
Is it any good?
There are some outstanding classic tunes on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack: Dick Dale's "Misirlou," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," and Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," to name just a few. The musical selection is superb, well-balanced, high-test fun. However, the inclusion of potentially offensive audio clips from the film definitely affects the musical listening experience, and could spoil it for some listeners.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the inclusion of dialogue from the film in the soundtrack. Why do you think the producers added selected bits of dialogue to this music album? Do you like having the dialogue on the album?
What effect do you feel the vintage music has on the film? How would different music change the tone of the movie?
Did you discover some music or a genre of music that's new to you by listening to this album?
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