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Pulp Fiction | 1994 | R | - 9.10.10

Black comedy about professional killers, gangsters, armed robbers and other assorted creatures direct from director Quentin Tarantino's imagination.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - There's hardly any nudity, but there are several very explicit discussions of sex, and, most importantly, a man is shown being raped by another man. A couple kiss while in bed, and oral sex is referred to and implied. A man is shown nude from the side (we see his derriere from the side and a hint of pubic hair).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Several people are shot, some repeatedly, some at close range (heads, arms and groins are the main targets). Most deaths are accompanied by a lot of blood and gore. One man is slashed and stabbed with a samurai sword, but the most graphic incident takes place when a man is shot in the head, while sitting in a car. We see an explosion of blood and the car, as well as the passengers are shown covered with bloody brain matter. The resulting bloody mess actually becomes a story subplot, as the killers try to clean the car. The result is that the camera lingers on the gory details for a very long time. A woman overdoses on heroin and she is seen with a very bloody nose and foaming from the mouth. A man slams a very large needle into her chest, and she's shown sitting up with the needle sticking out. A man is raped, and we both see him and hear screaming. A few punches. A man injects himself in the arm with a syringe filled with heroin; we see the long needle pierce his skin and watch as his blood rises up and swirls around in the syringe (the camera focuses on the syringe for a while).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 250 F-words, scatological references, anatomical terms, racial insults, and other profanities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Killing for a living, rape, drug use and abuse.

MESSAGE - Life is random.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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