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Max Payne Director Battles MPAA

It's perhaps one of the most anticipated films for hardcore gamers, especially considering it might actually be a decent video game-to-film adaptation. But "Max Payne" director John Moore is in the midst of a battle to secure a PG-13 rating from the MPAA, and he's none too happy with the proceedings thus far.

During an interview with Das Gamer, Moore talks about his desire to avoid the R rating, and how the MPAA changes the rating rules "willy-nilly." In response to the question, "What are the parameters in Hollywood today between a PG-13 and R-rated movie?" Moore answered:

"The MPAA will never publish the rules. They’ll never tell a director, 'Here’s what’s going to get you an R, here’s what’s going to get you a PG-13.' People might think that’s impossible, but let me tell you, if I’m making a TV beer commercial, I know exactly what the rules are. The MPAA changes their rules willy-nilly and it depends on who’s seeing your actual movie at the time. It’s very difficult to get a hold on what’s acceptable. The only thing you can use is current standards. So I go and see The Dark Knight and I say, 'Gee, that’s pretty gnarly for PG-13,' but I felt good about Max Payne after coming out of the theater. I thought Max wasn’t going to have a problem. And that’s not the case. They’re coming down on us pretty hard."

Good to know the MPAA seems to be basing their ratings on gut feelings rather than a clear set of rules, isn't it? We've always said the ESRB seems to be more reliable than the MPAA, and after this, we're willing to bet that Moore will agree with us. "Max Payne" is set to release on October 17, and it remains unrated for the time being. We'll see if Moore wins his battle with the MPAA, and in the meantime, we'll leave you with his comical answer to "What did the MPAA tell you was the problem with 'Max Payne'"?

"They said to me, the movie feels R. And I said, 'What the fu** is that, a group therapy session?' You can’t do that. They’re meant to judge content, not intent. They said the movie felt dark."

9/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Jizmack
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 10:18:15 PM
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thats f**ked up!!

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Daedusian
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 11:36:07 PM
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Wow wasn't expecting this.

I just saw the trailer for the movie last week when I went to see Babylon AD. It looks amazing, not kidding! Wahlberg is going to be perfect for this! Can't wait!

Last edited by Daedusian on 9/8/2008 11:37:35 PM

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AntDC
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 1:00:59 AM
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I saw the trailer last week as well. The MPAA are just a bunch of power-hungry losers trying to flex their muscles over the movie industry.

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 5:29:46 AM
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MPAA RIAA and many more. ugh....
the world is better if they were never existed

or if they stop doing ridiculous things

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 9:22:33 AM
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i would rather it be R if it qualified but it looking like a dark movie? Gee the dark knight sure wasn't a dark looking movie..

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m2tbo
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 10:28:41 AM
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Just think of how much better the movie would be if they intended on making it an "R" rating.

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BeezleDrop
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 11:25:40 AM
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I was wondering when this movie was coming. He is right for the part. I'm also hoping this won't be another lame video game movie. I would say the director is going to get what he wants. He should.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 11:37:11 AM
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I saw the trailer for this with my wife and she even said she wanted to see it. R rating doesn't bother me, obviously it hurts the films revenue though.

One stupid question though, what's with the big gargoyle? I thought Max Payne was a film noir cop game with bullet time? Don't kill me fellas, I only played one game in the series and it was on the GameCube.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 12:12:53 PM
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this is why america should have something inbetween PG-13 & R

Here in the UK we have U,PG,12+, 15+ & 18+

Though saying that, i think we here have the same debates between 12+ & 15+

a good example is the DVD release of Die Hard 4.0, 1 DVD cut is a 12+ the other is a 15+ the difference is added CGI blood........

I've been expecting Max Payne to be a 15+, either way i don't care, i think this is a perfect opportunity for Mark Wahlberg, i can't think of a better person to be Max.

Oh dear, i see the director did The Omen remake........

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shaydey77
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 1:49:55 PM
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Meh ratings dont bother me. I watch whatever i want.I think everyone should. And if parents are worried about what their kids watch they should prewatch it themselves. What you might consider appropriate for your ten year old might be totally different to what i would consider appropriate for mine.( i dont have kids yet but this is what ill be doing.:))

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 3:22:25 PM
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Agree with M2tbo, I think making a game into a movie must-needs-be a solid conversion. A great R movie will make more money than an OK PG-13 IMO. Remember that piece of crap Mortal Kombat movie? What was there? One (ice related) fatality and a single spike hit in the pit? Wheres the spine pulling? DOA like made no sense at all. Max Payne should have been made into an R movie anyway. HUGE Castlevania fan here, but the movie plot already sounds like it has nothing in common with the game but a name or two.
Still I have hope for this movie, noir hasn't had a hit since Sin City, and although Wahlberg looks nothing like Max, I enjoy his work (sans The Happening.)
And Moore SHOULD win this argument at the end of the day because, well, you cant say it "feels" R and have no solid reasoning. To quote Obama: "You can't just make stuff up."

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MetalHead09
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 5:19:47 PM
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that is just to damn funny lol. i loved the games so i have hope for this movie.

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bamf
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 7:58:47 PM
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If this film was to get a 12 rating in the uk then that is sad if there is no killings in it. The director should be aiming for a 15 rating at least.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 8:00:06 PM
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I think Mark Walhberg is about the closest you can get to looking like Max Payne, I mean of the best actors out there. I think if somebody else got the part, it would be like any other Sci-Fi movie, which (don't hate me for this) most have terrible acting.

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DcIronfist
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 2:23:55 PM
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Do you think they might rate these on a bias? Movie based on a game (public thinks games are supposed to be cute), Automatically gets harder scrutiny?

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The_Chimeran
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 4:14:51 PM
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I'll have to say that if it follows the game than it would be more like a horrorish shooter and therefore just not appropiate for someone under 13 but definitely a 15-16 movie. What were the games rated?

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