Pulp Fiction

AFI Rank: #95
Year Released: 1994
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Actors: Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson

I've seen Pulp Fiction many times and this definitely is one of those movies that gets better with each watching - in part because the movie is made up of multiple stories that all inter-relate in a non-direct way. That is, the story is not told in a straight line from start to finish. You get bits of the story, some from the beginning, some from the end, some from the middle, and by the end of the movie you start to see how it all interconnects together. Each time you see it all those different connections make more sense; you see how they interweave properly.

At its base, this is a story about criminals - so expect a lot of strong language and violence. There are heads being shot apart, homosexual masochists raping men, robbers robbing a diner, and men stabbing women in the chest with needles to save them from ODs on heroin. You also get Travolta and Thurman doing the twist, Jackson quoting the Bible, and other great scenes along the way.

The acting and dialogue is great. There are some classic scenes here that are very powerful. There are also scenes that many people might find challenging to watch. So this definitely is a movie for the over-13 set. It takes on some fairly adult situations.

Uma has a great role here as the new wife of the criminal leader. So the movie gets kudos for portraying a strong female role here. That being said, on the Bechdel test it barely passes. It's only because a pair of druggies, who barely have names, are talking about nipple rings, that we make it past that test. That's a shame. For a modern movie that talks about modern situations the women are few and far between. Even though one of the diner robbers is female her job is barely to scream and seem insane.

Still, a good movie and well worth seeing.

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