AFI #94 – Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction PosterPulp Fiction

1994

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Netflix says: A burger-loving hit man (John Travolta), his philosophical partner (Samuel L. Jackson), a drug-adled gangster’s moll (Uma Thurman) and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis) converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper fueled by director and co-writer Quentin Tarantino’s whip-smart dialogue. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time, resulting in one of the most audacious and imitated films of the 1990s.

This is one of those movies that I heard a lot about but wasn’t allowed to see back when it was first released. If I do the math right I was 14 when Pulp Fiction hit theaters. If I were a parent, I wouldn’t let my 14-year-old see it, either. If you’ve seen it, then you know exactly why. It’s not a kid-friendly story. For me, Tarantino’s stuff is okay, not great. Some of it I really like, some I don’t. This one, I could take it or leave it. I will say that I loved the Kill Bill movies, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained. Pulp Fiction does give us a lot of classic moments and lines, so it’s fun watching it for those scenes. And what’s in the briefcase? Really? My 10th grade English teacher once took a class period to explain to us that it was Marellus’ soul. Not sure what that had to do with studying Homer’s The Iliad, but it was a memorable lecture.

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