6 “Pulp Fiction” Moments That Have Worked Their Way into My Parenting

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 1.15.05 PMHard to believe it, but one of the most iconic films of our generation is about to turn 20 years old. Pulp Fiction is a film most of us have not yet had the pleasure of sharing with our kids. However, if you’re like me, elements of the movie have quietly and sometimes randomly seeped into small moments of your parenting. Tiny quips. A Chuck Berry dance party. Sharing an appreciation for pie …

Looking back, 1994 was a pretty big year for me. I graduated from high school. I discovered Manic Panic hair dye. I moved to New York City. And I began my freshman year at NYU as a theater major. I was one of a handful of lucky freshman randomly selected to live in one of the newer dorms in the East Village. The dining hall was still under construction when I moved in and the computer lab had signs that warned of paint fumes.

On move-in day, a line of students and their parents filled the sidewalk in front of the dorm. Trunks and attitude overflowed. My mother cheerfully pointed out all of the places nearby: an ice cream shop! a pizza place! a stationery store! But my eyes were fixed on the building across the street. The Loews movie theater was stunning: multi-level windows revealed escalators and multiple concession stands. It was beautiful.

A week later I went to my first movie there. I was 18, wide-eyed, in New York city, and about to see the first showing of Pulp Fiction. I rode the escalator up two flights, purchased a small popcorn, and walked into what I was certain would be an empty theater. HA!

The theater was packed and boisterous. Film majors seemed to fill every seat and the energy level was palpable. I heard a whispered rumor that Quentin himself was going to sneak in and watch the film.


The lights faded, the chatter continued through the previews, the audience sang along to the theater message, “Thank you for coming to Loews …,” I heard the spark of a lighter behind me and seconds later a chorus of, “Put it out, dude!”

It’s crazy to think that was 20 years ago. TWENTY. Thinking about the film has made me realize I’ve been weaving this film into my parenting over the last five-and-a-half years. Here are 6 Pulp Fiction quotes and moments I constantly find myself thinking of as a parent:

1. “Man, I don’t EVEN have an opinion.”

Haven’t we all been at this place of supreme frustration as a parent? Don’t ask me! Seriously. Don’t.

2. “A please would be nice.”

I say this or think this eleventy billion times a day.

3. “Any time of the day is a good time for pie.”

It’s fine to have some whimsy in your parenting and one of the easiest ways to bring it is with surprise pie time.

4. “I love you honey bunny.”

Sweet, tender, loving. My kid has no clue where this quote is from, but it doesn’t stop me from saying it. (Just forget about the diner scenes that happen in the movie next …)

5. “Don’t you just love it when you come back from the bathroom and find your food waiting for you?”

YES I DO! I have used this line so many times. Hand washing or a bathroom visit before the food is served is important and making it seem like there is magic (food is delivered!) that happened is fun.

6. “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry Twist Contest

If you haven’t had a dance contest in your living room to “Never Can Tell” — DO IT. You know the moves, you know how to do the Uma and the Travolta. It’s time for your kids to learn!

Photo credit: IMDB

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