Motion picture group defends movie ratings system

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Updated: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:18:38 EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Under increasing pressure over its threshold for violence in PG-13 films, the Motion Picture Association of America is defending its often-criticized rating system. A recent study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Ohio State University found that gun violence in the most popular PG-13 releases since 1985 has tripled in frequency. According to the study, the number of scenes featuring gun violence in PG-13 films has come to rival or even surpass the rate of such sequences in R-rated movies. Joan Graves, head of the MPAA's ratings board, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that criticism of the system has not been coming from parents. It was the association's first response to the study.

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