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MPAA Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Scene involving oral sex, no nudity is shown, but you know what is happening.
  • At about 1 hour 45 minutes into the movie, a scene where two men are raping another man. No nudity is shown, but it is very clear what is happening.
  • Butch is seen waist up when gets out of the shower.
  • Butch is seen partially naked in the taxi.
  • Butch and his girlfriend kiss before Butch moves offscreen. Then the scene cuts. This whole thing last only a few seconds.

Violence & Gore

  • There is violence throughout like all of Tarantino's films.
  • 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.
  • There is an intense car chase scene between Butch and Wallace. The chase ends up with violent crash. Butch is seen bleed ,while Marsellus is seen having a headche with bit blood on his face.


  • Frequent strong language including (but not limited to) lots of uses of the word f**k, and frequently uses of the n-word.
  • 265 uses of the F-word.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 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.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The rape scene, whilst being very short, could be considered disturbing. In fact, a lot of people who watched the film, called the infamous rape scene as the most disturbing scene and moment in the entire film.
  • 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.
  • The film is a mixture between action film, crime film, thriller and comedy.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A man starts to rape another man but it's stopped by Butch. There is no nudity and the rape doesn't actually occur. This doesn't last long but it can be quite disturbing.

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