The MPAA hath spoken and it looks like the Max Payne movie could have had something going for it if the filmmakers were happy with the R rating it received. The game was obviously über-violent so a movie based on it should be the same way in my opinion. Evidently my opinion is the opposite of John Moore’s, the director of the film, who is a little miffed that it didn’t get the more profitable PG-13 rating and who must now go back to the cutting room to make it PG-13.
Speaking with Das Gamer about the rating problems the film is facing, Moore had some harsh words for the MPAA. “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. cock … They said to me, [Max Payne] feels R. And I said, ‘What the fuck 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,” he proclaimed along with a few more interesting facts about how messed up the MPAA is. Did you know that you can’t rate movies for the MPAA if you’re gay? Evidently it’ll mess up your judgement on what is suitable for children somehow.
Actually, he seems more angry at the MPAA itself than about having to go butcher what was already looking to be a pretty neutered adaptation of the game. Sure the action looks mighty exciting and Mark Wahlberg can pull of Max Payne just fine, but you can’t just ignore the fact that they took what was a interesting Norse mythology metaphor and turned it into actual winged beasts. When did subtlety and Hollywood part ways? Did Hitchcock take it with him or something?