Angelina Jolie film "Wanted" Disappoints

Angelina Jolie stars in a new film "Wanted." She is part of a secret society of assassins who recruit James McAvoy and train him brutally to use his superhuman abilities. The weekend sales reported in Media By Numbers LLC. are over 51 million dollars.

Angelina can certainly pull in movie goers with her beauty and her fame. But such lovely promise turned into some horrific violence perpetrated by her and most of the other cast members in "Wanted."

Psychological damage done to people who witness graphic violence is well documented, especially to children, but to adults as well. There is such a wide disparity between the social awareness and kindness shown by the real Jolie and the choices that she makes on screen. For all the good deeds that both she and her husband perform, their contribution to violence and the hardening of our society through the violent characters that they choose to play seems to ridicule our desire to emulate or be inspired by them.

I enjoy an action movie too but "Wanted" is purposeless violence done in slow motion so that the images are even stronger. Although there may always be a bloodthirsty audience for cruelty and violence, I naively attended because I heard Angelina was in it. I expected a class act but was delivered shocking toxic cruelty. About midway through I walked out, choosing not to allow the violence to corrupt me. Aren't we suckers for paying $10 to have our minds trashed by violent films. Fans may wish to beware of the mental brainwashing of commonplace violence generously offered by the reckless greed of producers and stars lacking social conscience. As a therapist I have worked for twenty years to help people cope with violence in their lives, horrible memories and graphic images that stay locked in their minds.

I just expected more from someone who has seen firsthand the results of war and violence on young children and innocent people. I am not sure if you can have it both ways, one - make extraordinary money with visions of violence and cruelty that you call "entertainment," and two, be a representative to other nations regarding human rights and be outraged at the violence against innocent men, women and children. We live on a small planet interconnected to all.

Angelina, has great influence, especially with young people. I think "Stars" need to take a little responsibility for the millions of fans who will certainly copy not only the behavior of their real lives but also the behavior of the characters they choose to play.

©2009, Molly Barrow

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Dr. Molly Barrow holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is the author of the new book, Matchlines: A revolutionary New Way of looking at relationships and making the right choices in love. She is an authority on relationship and psychological topics, a member of the American Psychological Association and a licensed mental health counselor. Dr. Molly has appeared as an expert on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and in O Magazine, Psychology Today, Newsday,,, Women's Health and Women's World. Please visit: or Take the new relationship compatibility test, Match Lines Systems for Successful Relationships for Singles, Couples and Business at Molly has a radio program, Your Relationship Answers at

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