Max Payne Gets A PG-13 Rating

Published 7 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:16 am,

comic con max payne2 Max Payne Gets A PG 13 Rating…Not like it mattered to me much, I’m old enough to rent a car if I want to!

However, it looks as though Warner Bros. is going for the big $tacks this October when Max Payne comes out. Trailers for the film have shown that  it’s none too short on bullets and mayhem; hmmm… you think the studio cashed in a favor with the MPAA to get Max Payne the rating they wanted?

Now the theater doors are wide open to all the teenage boys who have memorized the Max Payne video games line for line; the 18-40 boys club that loves a good shoot-em-up flick; girls who love to gaze at Mark Wahlberg for two hours; and the unfortunate ladies who get dragged along to the theater by their man.

That should just about cover all four quadrants. Smart move 20th Century Fox, smart move.

The best part of this whole Max Payne rating is that the director, John Moore (Flight Of The Phoenix), thinks that he and his loyal league of Internet cronies actually had something to do with “winning” a PG-13 rating for Payne. From an interview with Das Gamer before the rating came out he lamented how difficult it would be to cut down the film to achieve the coveted PG-13:

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. [EXPLETIVE]. I have a serious amount of issues with the MPAA… 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.

But suddenly, after the rating came out it turns out it was a piece of cake:

…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.

Oh yeah, Johnny, That’s it. Just “stick to your guns” and you can bend those fools over at the MPAA! Yeah man! Hell yeah!

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So here we have yet another case of a film that is barely PG-13 and probably should have been an “R.” Whatever the case, Max Payne now has its PG-13 rating, so teens and ‘tweeners with facial hair rejoice. For the rest of you, have a look at the latest Max Payne trailer here to see if the film is up your alley. And be sure to bring your high school ID to the theater with you on October 17, 2008; you don’t want to have a problem getting in.

Source: Das Gamer via Rope of Silicon

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  1. The MPAA gets off on having directors bow down to them.
    The MPAA really just wants final approval on ALL movies.

    Kofi, do yourself a favor and watch the dvd documentary, “This Film is Not Yet (R)ated”…
    Its really educational… 8-)

  2. Warner Bros? I am pretty sure it’s a FOX movie.

    I very much doubt there are many fans of the games in the lower teens considering the first game was released 7 years ago and was rated M(Obviously this means a lot less then the 7 years though ;)).

    My guess is the most of us(Max Payne fans) are 20+.

    If I have understood things correctly the reason to avoid R (In the case of movies like these) has more to do with marketing then reaching a younger audience.

  3. Sorry for the studio mix up

    Parkar is correct. Max Payne is coming your way courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Correction has been made.

    I can’t vouch for anything else he says though ;-)

  4. Loved the games. Hate game to screen adaptations. Only ones I’ve slightly enjoyed were Final Fantasy and Wing Commander. The only other game movie I would leave my vault for would be a Fallout movie.

  5. This movie is gonna suck, I was excited about the movie being a Max Payne fan when it the first game came out in 2000/2001, but when I saw last week that it was PG-13 I almost threw up in my mouth a little bit. Firstly the Max Payne games didn’t have no Demons. This looks more like the movie version of Indigo Prophecy, and with that said if they make an Indigo Prophecy movie it better be rated R. Actually that should be the standrd if a game is rated M then the movie needs to be rated R period MFer!!! Anyway Im still going to check it out to see how terrible and how far away from the original games plots it is.

    • Actually there aren’t really demons in the movie, it’s a hallucination from a drug.

  6. If you the film will suck, why bother to see it? If you pay for it, FOX gets your money. Once they do, they could care less if you like the film or not. Plus you give them one more ticket sale to forgo the idea that people like this jargon and in turn will churn out more. Makes no sense to me unless you plan to see it for free…