Motion picture group defends movie ratings system

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Motion picture group defends movie ratings systemIn this film publicity image released by Warner Bros., Joseph Gordon Levitt, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio are shown in a scene from "Inception." Gun violence in PG-13 rated movies has increased considerably in recent decades, to the point that it sometimes exceeds gun violence in even R-rated films, according to a study released Monday. Ohio State University and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed gun violence in top-grossing movies, finding that it had more than tripled in PG-13 films since 1985. (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Stephen Vaughan)(Credit: AP)

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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