By Emily Rome
February 08, 2013 at 12:00 PM EST

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction, a racy comedy about sex addiction, kicked off its rating-free festival run with Sundance last month. But now the actor-director has to prepare for MPAA to come into the picture — Relativity Media has scooped up the U.S. distribution rights — and that means going back to the cutting room. Gordon-Levitt plans to cut down some of the film’s most graphic sex scenes to secure an R rating, EW confirmed. THR reported the news from the Berlin International Film Festival.

“We expect we have to [tone down more graphic scenes], and I’ll be getting started on it as soon as I get back,” Gordon-Levitt told press at the festival, though he doesn’t expect the changes to impact the story. “I think it is important that those images are in there, but what precisely you see isn’t that important. What’s important is the rhythm of the film, the repetition of what the Don Jon character does, over and over.”

Don Jon’s Addiction stars Gordon-Levitt as a modern-day New Jersey Don Juan whose prolific romantic conquests can’t compete with his obsession for online pornography. The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza.

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