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Max Payne gets PG-13 rating

MaxPayne.jpgEarlier this month, director John Moore was talking about how difficult it was to get a PG-13 rating for Max Payne. He had a lot to say about the MPAA, and how difficult it all was.

Now it turns out they have secured a PG-13 rating for the film. And he says it wasn't that difficult after all. I'd rather they hadn't bothered and made it an R.

John Moore got stuck into the MPAA a few weeks ago, when asked how difficult it was trying to get a PG-13 rating for his film Max Payne. Here's an extract of what he said on the subject:

Das Gamer: How challenging has it been to get a PG-13 rating for Max Payne? John Moore: It continues to be a challenge. We’re right in the middle of it now. We’re suffering from what I call Batman blowback. The Motion Picture Association of America gave The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating and basically sucked Warner Bros. [rude word removed - Richard]. I have a serious amount of issues with the MPAA. Did you know it was made up of volunteers? As if that somehow excludes them from some type of wrongdoing. You can’t serve on it if you’re a homosexual or if you didn’t grow up in a shared parenthood home. Go to their website and read their charter about what gives a fair and balanced view for typical parents. We’re still strangled by an association that’s straight out of the House Un-American Activities Committee...

...The MPAA has mutated into an extremely dubious organization.

He also said that they made it difficult to know what qualified as a PG-13 and what made a film an R. Now he seems to have changed his tune. Not only does he have the PG-13 rating he was after, he says it was surprisingly easy. Here's what he said to Game Daily, through Rope of Silicon:

I must say, and that's what's a little bewildering about this, I didn't have to change much. We trimmed some frames more for the sake of trimming frames than anything, but we got the rating without any major changes at all. I'm a little surprised that we changed their minds, effectively, but I'm happy about it. It proves that if you stick to your guns and you have the creative, and dare I say moral sense, that you're in the right, that you can get the right thing done.

I'm not entirely convinced that he has the MPAA changing their opinion, based on his persuasion. But he has the rating he was after. And lucky us, we can fork out some more money and watch the unrated version on DVD.

I remember playing the game on PS2, and really liked how dark it was. I would have preferred an R rated film, instead of the current trend towards getting a PG-13 and covering as many ages as possible. I know it's about money, but do so many films have to try and get that rating?



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