Does anyone find the MPAA’s decision to give Robert ZemeckisBeowulf (Paramount, 11.16) a PG-13 rating a little puzzling, or at the very least inconsistent? Lots of intense (one could say orgiastic) violence and a haunting use of frontal female nudity (a digitally reconstituted Angelina Jolie) would normally result in an R.

As reader David Adams wrote this morning, “Judging from the red-band trailer they either sliced it up to get the rating (only to return the footage for the ‘Special Edition Director’s Cut DVD’) or someone at Paramount sent the MPAA the biggest fruit basket ever made.”