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

Sex & Nudity

  • There are many sexual references by characters especially when two characters talk about if a foot massage is as bad as having sex with someone's wife.
  • Sexual banter and dialogue.
  • Jules and Vincent strip all the way. They take a shower outside. Mr. Wolf spays the hose at them. We only see them from the waist up.
  • There is some extremely graphic dialogue about oral sex. One scene contains discomforting depictions of sadomasochism.
  • A man is shown being raped by another man. It is not extremely graphic but there is no doubt about what happens. The man is shown thrusting into the other man from behind, this is shown for a few seconds, then the man gets shot. (No Nudity).
  • Butch is seen waist up when gets out of the shower
  • Butch is seen partially on separate occasions. He starts kissing his girlfriend passionately, he moves down off camera then the scene cuts implying oral sex. No nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman is shot in the leg with blood spurts, she is then screaming in pain afterwards.
  • Jules suddenly shoots a man lying on a couch without warning. No blood.
  • Like all of Tarantino's films there is bloody violence throughout.
  • Butch punches the gimp hard in the face once, and knocks him out.
  • Brett is shot several times and screams as a result, this scene is then shown again but is on screen, blood spurts and screams are visible.
  • Mia snorts heroin mistaking it for cocaine, and blood streams down her nostril for a few seconds. She later gets a large shot of adrenaline.
  • Butch intentionally drives into Marsellus Wallace; the scene ends with a violent car crash. We see butches face covered in blood and blood gets on his shirt. Butch is covered in blood for the rest of the movie.
  • A man chases another and shoots at him several times (but misses); he accidentally shoots an innocent woman showing her bullet wound for less than a second. The pursued man has much blood on his face.
  • A man is whipped in the face with the butt of a shotgun.
  • A man is shot in the groin with a shotgun, with chunks of blood briefly visible, but is then on the floor screaming in pain. It is implied that Marcellus is going to brutally torture the man for raping him. We don't see anything.
  • Marvin is shot in the face accidentally (and very suddenly). His actual face is not seen, but you can see a VERY large amount of blood and brain matter spray against a window. Vincent and Jules are covered in blood. They are then forced to clean up the car, the whole car is basically drenched in blood. (The scene is an example of the black comedy elements of the film.)
  • A man is sliced across the chest with a large katana (off-screen), a large streak of blood is visible, he is then killed by being stabbed in the chest.


  • Some slurs for Koreans, Vietnamese, and Mexicans are heard in the beginning.
  • 265 uses of "fuck", 84 uses of "shit", 41 uses of "ass", 35 uses of "damn", 14 uses of "bitch", 13 uses of "nigga", 2 uses of "prick", 2 uses of "dick", 1 use of "pussy."
  • Virtually every single character in the movie regularly uses harsh language.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Frequent cigarette smoking.
  • A woman can be seen using marijuana from a bong.
  • Two men have a lengthy discussion about how hash is legal in Amsterdam.
  • A man buys heroin from his friend. He then describes how much the heroin makes you high when you use it and where it comes from and how much it costs.
  • A major plot element in this film involves heroin. One man smokes marijuana using a bong.
  • High level drug use. Use of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and heroin are present.
  • Mia intends to snort what she thinks is cocaine, but actually heroin, her nose starts bleeding and she is seen on the floor covered in blood and vomit. She then has an adrenaline shot jabbed into her heart and it saves her life.
  • A man injects heroin. We see the needle go into his arm

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes in this movie are very disturbing.
  • The apartment scene is intense.
  • The diner scene is intense.
  • 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 Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Vincent Vega is shot multiple times by Butch after exiting a bathroom; he is later shown dead in the tub. There are moderate amounts of blood on the bathroom door and on Vincent's suit.
  • A man walks out of a bathroom and shoots at Vincent and Jules five times, nothing happens, they then shoot him twice, two big bullet holes form in his chest.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a conversation in a taxi between Butch and the driver, where it is stated that Butch killed a boxer by accident.

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