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MPAA a <i>Max Payne</i> in John Moore’s Ass Earlier this month, Das Gamer posted an interview in which director John Moore bemoaned the fact that the Motion Picture Association of America gave his Max Payne an R rating. Normally, this wouldn't be surprising, as the video games on which the movie is based earned "Mature" ratings from the ESRB, the gaming world's equivalent of an R movie. But the news did surprise Moore, who not only aimed for a tamer rating while filming, but saw The Dark Knight's PG-13 and expected to earn the same for his own movie. The association's reasoning, according to Moore, was that it "felt dark." Well, what a difference a few weeks makes. Game Daily is now reporting that Moore has won his battle with the MPAA and gotten Payne its PG-13.

How did Moore pull it off? He says some frames were "trimmed" but that they "got the rating without any major changes at all." He says the reversal "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." Despite the youthful-sounding rating, Moore insists that his movie is "not some tricked-out, watered-down, family-friendly version." All the same, he'll still include a rougher-edged "Gamer Dedicated Cut" when the movie comes out in DVD and Blu-ray, which will be a "little slower and a little more atmospheric."

Max Payne stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and hits theaters October 17. Just in time for the kiddies to dress up like Max for Halloween.

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