MENLO PARK, CA-The extreme popularity of the newly released film Mr. & Mrs. Smith' which glorifies mass murder by two of Hollywood's most popular stars reveals a large-scale psychosis in the American movie-going audience, and likely in the general US population, claims Dr. Felix Minderbinder, a Medical Psychiatrist at the Stanford Research Institute.
"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie portray a couple of assassins unknowingly married to each other, and employed by shadowy rival organizations likely sponsored by the US government," he notes. "They proceed to discover that they are rival killers, and after seeking to kill each other, eventually team up to kill dozens of their former colleagues."
The movie opened on June 10 at theatres across North America, and reaped some $51 million over the opening weekend, jumping to first place among recent films.
"While the film perhaps attempts to show some morality by the two assassins as they turn on their former masters who dictated their mass murdering careers, the fact is that they then proceed to kill many, many hit men seeking to do them in too. This gratuitous violence isn't mere escapism, but seems to be a complete break with reality, and deliberately seeks to desensitize the public to violence, and to accept it," the doctor warned. "The parallels of the movie to the mass murder and torture of Iraqi soldiers and civilians by US forces in an illegal and immoral war to grab foreign oil is rather obvious."
The film also portrays comic distrust, professions of love, and attempts at reconciliation by the married killers in a suburban setting, as the couple become allies. It also shows them destroying their home and a department store in their murderous frenzies, which the doctor suggests symbolically reveals a dislike of brainless American consumerism and the passive normality and regimentation of suburbia.
"I'd put these actors and producers on anti-psychotic medication, along with the hundreds of thousands of people who watched the film and enjoyed it," comments Minderbinder. "I'd also put them on my couch for psychoanalysis, and maybe give them electroshock therapy. Does this film represent a decline of American morality and respect for human life, and the beginnings of a descent into militarism and fascism like in the 1930s? I hope not."
The psychiatrist added, "Pitt and Jolie are too nice to be playing psychotic wackos working for the government on the big screen. Why can't they act at something more family oriented, something more wholesome?" he wondered.