So, I don't know Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie personally, nor have I ever met any of their kids, but I still feel marginally comfortable saying that I think our parenting styles are sort of simpatico. Why? Well, mostly because I'm a deluded fan of a bunch of stuff the pair has said and done regarding raising kids, which reminds me of stuff I've said and/or done. Like, they pretty much let their kids wear whatever they want, they don't seem super super strict about things like junk food and being perfectly well-behaved, and, um ... okay, that's all I got. Or, that's all I had -- until today, when I heard what Brad Pitt said about letting his kids watch R-rated movies.
See, Brad Pitt was on the Today show discussing his new flick, 12 Years a Slave, which is based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man living in upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. Pitt, who produced the movie, has only a small role in the film -- this was truly a labor of love for the actor, who calls his masterpiece "one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity."
But, pretty heavy material -- and, naturally, rated "R." So Ann Curry asked him if he would let his kids see the flick:
"Maybe my eldest I would, right now ... I'd rather for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more."
Of course Brad was referring to 12-year-old Maddox (the other five kids are Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and Vivienne and Knox, 5).
Now, because some people are sticklers for things like "no one under 17 admitted" (WITHOUT an adult, it's worth noting), some people are no doubt freaking out about Brad Pitt's answer. But that's just ridiculous, for a variety of reasons. First of all, the movie in question isn't some mindless sex/violence fest -- it's a meaningful, educational meditation on the human experience. The "dynamics of the world," as Pitt puts it. Second of all, even if it was a mindless sex/violence fest, chances are a kid like Maddox (any kid) could find a way to see it -- isn't it better for Mom and Dad to watch potentially "inappropriate" movies with kids, so they can at least talk about the content and what makes it right, wrong, or somewhere in between?
Check out this teensy clip of Pitt explaining his point of view to Curry -- I think you might agree; Papa Pitt makes a lot of sense.
Do you let your kids watch R-rated movies?
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