brad pitt and maddoxThere is a reason movies have ratings. Do you really want your kids watching some sex-filled, gross-out comedy you don't want to explain? Or worse, a slasher flick that is sure to give them nightmares for months? Of course not. Those films aren't made for young, impressionable children. So it's no surprise that people are up in arms over Brad Pitt allowing his son Maddox not only to see his new scary zombie flick, but he let him star in it. But he isn't a helpless victim in World War Z. Rather, the 11-year-old plays a flesh-eater who gets shot in the head -- twice! So does this make Brad a bad dad?

The scene is apparently pretty graphic. The latest film to chronicle a zombie apocalypse, this one is especially scary with lightning fast monsters trying to feast on the living. The pint-size Maddox is one of them and "gets shot in the head ... multiple times," says the proud dad of his son's movie debut. "I don't know what that says about me as a parent."

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He may have no idea, but plenty of other parents do. Some are critical of the fact he allowed his child in such a violent setting. At first, I was horrified too. But c'mon, is this really so terrible? No one knows Maddox as well as his parents, and if they thought he was ready to be a part of something like this, then he probably was. Besides, boys play shoot the bad guy all the time. This was just a big, splashy, elaborate version of it.

Perhaps this was Brad's way of bonding with his kid. It's the A-list take on bring your kid to work day, I suppose. As for the violence factor, how is this so different than hunting with your children? Plenty of people do that. I would argue being shot in the movie is much more tame -- after all, it's fake. No one really died. And the best part is Maddox has a cool memory with his dad.

Do you think this was an inappropriate film for Maddox to star in?

 

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