R Rating for 'Carrie' Remake Confirmed

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The quest for blockbuster cash has reached the point where it's a minor miracle any movie escapes the bowels of the studio system with an R rating attached, but it looks like the folks at MGM -- who are currently flush with Hobbit and Bond money -- are letting at least one of their many remakes play to the over-17 crowd.

Collider reports that the latest TV spot for Kimberly Peirce's upcoming Carrie remake, starring Chloe Moretz as the titular telekinetic outcast and Julianne Moore as her lunatic fundie mother, reveals the movie's been given an R rating. Seeing as how the original Carrie kicked off in the girls' shower and ended with pig blood and fire, an R is the only rating that really makes sense -- but since you never know with these things anymore, we're all letting out a sigh of relief at the news.

Of course, an R rating isn't any sort of signifier of quality, but knowing the studio didn't strongarm Peirce into wimping out with a PG-13 is still comforting; even if the new Carrie doesn't justify its existence in any other way, it at least contains enough genuine horror to palpitate the timid hearts on the MPAA ratings board, and there isn't enough palpitating going on over there lately. Three cheers for little victories.

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