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It's 'Pulp Fiction' vs. 'Romeo and Juliet'

Who put the ‘Pulp’ in ‘Romeo’?

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”It’s the next Pulp Fiction!” For two years we’ve heard that. We heart it about The Usual Suspect, about Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, about 2 Days in the Valley. Now hear this: Some critics are comparing Baz Luhrmann’s new Romeo and Juliet — with its witty weapons, cheap suits, and urban grit — to the work of Quentin Tarantino. But is it the oddly mod treatment that makes the 399-year-old play comparable, or has Tarantino been cribbing?
Jason Cochran

Romeo and Juliet
— Opens with a disruption in a public place. Concludes with a speech about reconciliation.
— Juliet ponders taking the name of Paris, a royal cheese.
— The doomed Romeo forges his relationship with the forbidden Juliet during a night out with dancing and outrageous costumes.
— Juliet falls to a powerful drug; she wakes and is brokenhearted.
— Romeo unwittingly causes his ally Mercutio’s death, seriously complicating matters. Only his uniformed friend, Father Laurence, can help.
— Romeo goes on the lam, winding up in a tomb.
— Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name … What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Pulp Fiction
— Opens with a disruption in a public place. Concludes with a speech about reconciliation.
— Jules ponders how the Parisian Royale with Cheese took its name.
— The doomed Vincent forges his relationship with the forbidden Mia during a night out with dancing and outrageous costumes.
— Mia falls to a powerful drug; she wakes when a shot breaks through her heart.
— Vincent unwittingly causes his ally Marvin’s death, seriously complicating matters. Only his uniformed friend, the Wolf, can help.
— Butch goes on the lam, winding up in a dungeon.
— Esmarelda: And what is your name?
Butch: Butch.
Esmarelda: Butch. What does it mean?
Butch: I’m an American. Our names don’t mean s—.

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