YMMV / Pulp Fiction


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some fans hypothesize that Vincent and Mia actually lost the dance contest, but stole the trophy anyway. There's a legend that a news report heard in the background while Butch is sneaking toward his apartment announces the trophy's theft, though whether you can make anything out of the brief moment of garbled background noise is up to you.
  • Award Snub:
    • Come Oscar time, Pulp Fiction was nominated for 7 Awards but only won for Best Screenplay (Original). It lost Best Picture to Forrest Gump and also was up against The Shawshank Redemption, and there's been debate over which movie deserved the Oscars ever since.
    • Subverted with the Cannes Festival, however, where it was awarded the Palme d'Or by a jury headed by Clint Eastwood, no less, to the shock of many film critics. This led to a hilariously awesome trailer starting with a deep, portentous announcer talking about how it's the winner of the Palme d'Or, before a pair of bullets interrupt him and the real trailer starts.
    • Unrelated to Forrest Gump, many would say that Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman could've made very deserving winners in the supporting categories, yet they lost to Martin Landau (for Ed Wood) and Dianne Wiest (for Bullets Over Broadway), respectively. Certainly up to debate, though, especially in Jackson's case, as Landau — aside from being a film/TV veteran — was seen as giving a tour-de-force performance as Bela Legosi.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Man, I just shot Marvin in the face."
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: How much divinity is involved in the film's events is a frequent matter of debate. Jules himself believes he was part of a Divine Intervention. A lot of people also like to argue about Marsellus Wallace, that he is the Anti Christ because he has a band-aid on the back of his head which is supposedly covering up a 666, which is also the number needed to open up his briefcase. And the question of what, exactly, is in that suitcase. One such suggestion? Marsellus Wallace's soul.
  • Fanon:
  • Faux Symbolism: Lampshaded. In fact, according to Cracked's website, Jules' life is based on the life of St. Moses the Black.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • At Jackrabbit Slim's, the dwarf host dressed as a bellboy shouts "Call for Philip Morris!" as he walks away from Vince and Mia's table. This is a reference to old Philip Morris cigarette commercials, which started with a child bellhop making the same announcement.
    • If you know that The Wolf's car is a two-seater, you'll know that he didn't refuse to drop Vincent and Jules off because they live too far away. He never meant it.
    • When Lance sells Víncent his heroin he says "I'm out of balloons. Bag okay?" which Vincent agrees on. When we first see Mia she snorts cocaine and later OD's while snorting Vincent's heroin. For those that don't remember 90s drug culture: You store heroin in balloons and cocaine in bags; likewise, you shoot heroin and snort cocaine. Mia OD'd because Vincent's heroin was mislabeled and she thought it was cocaine.
    • Anyone how knows the geography of the greater Los Angeles area will enjoy some of the minor details. Jules comes from Inglewood, which has a historically large black population. Vince is from Redondo Beach, a whiter and wealthier area, which makes sense considering his nice car and European trips. He also says that he doesn't know the area of Taluca Lake very well, which is farther away from his home town than Jules'.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Jules saying that only "one charming motherfuckin' pig" would cease to be filthy, given Babe came out one year later.
  • Memetic Mutation: The film spawned many memes that were especially popular in the 90's. L. Jackson's performance in particular is one of the medium's best Fountain of Memes.
    • "What?" "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it!?"
      • "Say 'what' again!" This quote has recently become a popular image macro on the Internet of Jules wielding his gun with the caption "Say X again! I dare you! I double dare you, motherfucker!" Usually used to express annoyance at someone saying or doing something ad nauseam.
    • To "get medieval" on something
    • "My (anything you want) is the one that says "Bad Motherfucker" on it."
    • (Christopher Walken imitation) "I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal — up my ass..."
    • "HMM...! This IS a tasty burger!"
    • The dance. Done onstage by Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter on their '95 tour, during the bridge of "Jackson".
    • "Does he look like a bitch?" Bonus points when the game ''Guess Who'' is involved.
    • "Bring out the Gimp!" Actually, a lot of people first found out what a gimp was from Pulp Fiction.
    • "That's a little more information than I needed..."
    • "Confused Travolta" when he meets Mia became popular in 2015».
    • "Pulp Fiction is the best Disney film ever".note 
  • Older Than They Think: Jules's "Biblical" quote is actually based on the one used in the U.S. version of Karate Kiba (The Bodyguard) by Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Harvey Keitel's The Wolf.
    • Christopher Walken's Captain Koons.
    • Esmarelda Villalobos.
    • Zed.
    • The Gimp.
    • The waiter impersonating Buddy Holly at Jack Rabbit Slim's - largely because he's the only "celebrity server" who doesn't seem to give a damn about staying in character. Extra points because he's played by Steve Buscemi.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Phil LaMarr was about a year away from Mad TV (in which he obligingly reprised his role as Marvin for a sketch). He also went on to a successful voice-acting career.
  • Signature Scene: Jules yelling at Brett. Nearly every line from that is a meme in some way.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • There is no muzzle flash when Jules shoots Brett's housemate in the beginning of the movie.
    • When Butch hits Marsellus with his car, Marsellus' body disappears off the windshield when Butch gets hit by another car.
  • Squick: The very close-up shot of Vincent injecting heroin into his arm.

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