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

Sex & Nudity

  • Two characters talk about if a foot massage is as bad as having sex with someone's wife.
  • Jules and Vincent shower outside. We only see them from the waist up.
  • Butch and his girlfriend are kissing and Butch moves off-camera. Oral sex is implied. after this Butch then takes a shower. He is nude, but nothing from the waist up is shown.
  • The Gimp wears a leather suit implied to be a sex suit. But this suit isn't revealing at all.
  • Very explicit sexual references with crude terms.
  • A man contemplates having sex with a woman and makes a brief reference to masturbation
  • 2 girls are talking about piercings, one of them mentions how she has a piercing on her clit
  • A male character is implied to be raped by another male, no nudity is shown and this is off-camera.
  • No explicit nudity, just sex-talk.
  • This category is moderate for many sexual references and jokes.

Violence & Gore

  • A man suddenly shoots another man without warning. No blood.
  • For a Quentin Tarantino movie the violence is rather tame (compared to his later work). Nevertheless it's still very graphic though and was considered as one of the most violent films of its time period.
  • Most violent scenes aren't that graphic. However there are a few particular parts which are. Most notably the scene in which a man is shot in the head while sitting in a car and theres a large explosion of blood and the car and people in it get covered with blood and brain matter. They later spend a scene cleaning it up. The needle scene and rape scene are also pretty brutal.
  • A man injects heroin into his arm. It shows the needle slowly piercing and entering his skin in close-up and then as the blood fills up the syringe. This is all shown for a lengthy amount of time and might make some viewers squirm.
  • A man is violently raped by another man. It shows thrusting from behind and then a close-up of his face as he reacts in pain. No nudity shown but still very disturbing.
  • A man punches another man hard in the face, and knocking him out.
  • A man is shot several times and screams offscreen as a result, this scene is then shown again but is onscreen, blood spurts are visible and screams are audible.
  • A woman snorts some strong drugs and gets a nosebleed as a result.
  • A man chases another and shoots another man several times (but misses); he accidentally shoots an innocent woman.
  • A man is whipped in the face with the butt of a shotgun.
  • A man is shot in the groin with a shotgun; a chunk of blood is briefly visible. He is then shown on the floor in pain.
  • 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.
  • Virtually every single character in the movie regularly uses harsh language. Samuel L Jackson's character probably says the most though.
  • 265 uses of "fuck" and it's derivatives.

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 the heroin makes you high, when you use it, where it comes from and how much it costs.
  • One man smokes marijuana using a joint and a woman uses a bong.
  • Some casual drinking.
  • A woman uses a credit card to get some cocaine ready to snort however the use of the drug is not shown but implied.
  • A woman goes into a bathroom and puts her head down (off camera) and we hear her snorting something (cocaine) there are several other women doing the same thing, she then pulls her head up and has a bit of cocaine underneath her nose which she wipes.
  • Use of drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and heroin are present.
  • A man injects heroin. We see the needle go into his arm

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes in this movie could be perceived as disturbing.
  • Some might find the violence in the movie disturbing or distasteful.
  • This movie is has some elements of a comedy, but it's still very violent though.
  • Although this movie is too inappropriate for children, it's actually a bit tamer and less explicit than some of Tarantino's other films like Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained.
  • The rape scene, whilst being very short, could be frightening for some.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A main character is shot multiple times by another main character; they are later shown dead. There are moderate amounts of blood on the wall and on the man's clothes.
  • A man intentionally drives into another man; the scene ends with a car crash. We see the driver's face covered in blood and blood gets on his shirt. The driver is covered in blood for the rest of the movie.
  • A man is shot in the face accidentally (and very suddenly). His actual face is not seen, but you can see a lot of blood cover a whole window. The shooters are covered in blood and brain matter. They are then forced to clean this up and a lot of the next few scenes has the characters still covered in blood. This is meant for comedic effect.
  • A man walks out of a bathroom and shoots at the main characters five times, nothing happens, they then shoot him twice, two big bullet holes form in his chest. Blood sprays on the door and on some walls.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman gets an adrenaline shot in the heart to save her from a drug overdose.
  • A woman intends to snort what she thinks is cocaine, but is actually heroin. Her nose starts bleeding and she overdoses on the drug.

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