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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Strong infrequent sexual violence

A very brief rape scene. A man thrusts into another for about 2 seconds. Both are fully clothed. Butch interrupts and saves the man. Not graphic.

Butch is seen waist up when gets out of the shower.

On a separate occasion. He starts kissing his girlfriend passionately, he moves down off camera then the scene cuts implying sex.

There is violence throughout.

An off-screen man is shot several times and screams as a result.

A woman snorts heroin mistaking it for cocaine, and blood streams down her nostril for a few seconds. She later gets a large shot of adrenaline.

A man is shot multiple times after exiting a bathroom; he is later shown dead in the tub. There are moderate amounts of blood on the bathroom door and on the man's suit.

A man intentionally drives into another man; the scene ends quickly and no gore is shown.

A man chases another and shoots at him several times (but misses); the pursued man has much blood on his face.

A man is pistol-whipped.

A man is shot in the groin, with blood briefly visible.

A man is shot in the face accidentally (and very suddenly. His actual face is not seen, but you can see blood spray. Most graphic scene, but the blood isn't that realistic)

A couple other people get shot with no blood.

High level coarse language

220 uses of "fuck", 18 "shit", 2 uses of "dick", 1 use of "Bitch", 11 uses of "Nigger" 7 uses of "bloody", 8 of "goddamn" 12 of "hell"

High level drug use

A woman intends to snort what she thinks is cocaine, but actually heroin. She then has an adrenaline shot jabbed into her heart and it saves her life.

A man injects heroin. We see the needle go in. Quite a flinchy moment

The rape scene, whilst being very short, could be considered disturbing

Pulp Fiction very much has the tone of a black comedy, and many may therefore not be all that disturbed by its violence. The film nevertheless contains high amounts of it.


MPAA:
Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality
Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2012) / Canada:18A (Alberta) (2009) / Chile:18 / Chile:14 (re-release 2014) / Czech Republic:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-18 (original rating) (1995) (uncut) / Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1995) (cut) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM18 (original rating) / Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) (1997) / Japan:R-15 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Poland:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) / Russia:18+ / Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (uncut) / South Africa:18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #33107)

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