Thank You for Smoking
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  • Makes you want to strangle salesmen.
    This movie may have fallen in appreciation and popularity in this tone-deaf society. But there are a few sane and aware individuals that realize we are being poisoned on a wholesale level and an intimate level by not only the tobacco industry, but by runaway capitalism. We have to take stock of ourselves as a nation and as individuals. Since when do profits trump life? We declare ourselves as a nation, loud and clear, to be 'pro-life' yet we become mute when we count our stock dividends. The sociopath in this movie may make us uncomfortable, but he is who we have become....more info
  • Let's Hear it for Personal Responsibility
    In the society of the blame-game and lawyers, this flick humorously shows how we have become a country of responsibilty police because no one wants to be held accountable for their actions. BRILLIANT, FUNNY and THOUGHT PROVOKING!!...more info
  • Not As Hysterically Funny As I Thought......
    When I saw the previews for Thank You For Smoking for the first time on a new release DVD I was intrigued. I had never even heard of this movie before. In the previews, the movie seemed hysterically funny. But that is what previews are for. It's not hysterically funny. Not at all. Now... I know what you're thinking. I didn't like the movie. Right? Wrong! Thank You For Smoking is a good movie. It's thought-provoking and clever and feindishly un-PC and I like that. I like it alot! Movies that poke fun at all the inconsistent beliefs of uptight Americans usually aren't this good, but Smoking is. Well-written and perfectly casted (Robert Duvall, Rob Lowe, Katie Holmes, Sam Elliott, William H. Macy, and more!) Thank You For Smoking follows along with the exploits of Tobacco Lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aron Eckhart) who's greatest asset is his ability to BS and argue. While pushing a product like cigarettes onto the citizens of the world Naylor still manages to keep himself grounded,trying to teach life lessons to his 12 year old son. Are cigarettes poison? Not enough evidence to suggest that, as Naylor would say. It's big business vs. anyone with so-called morales. Poignant without being pushy, Thank You For Smoking makes you think while you laugh. There are alot of subjects touched upon here that will make certain people squirm or look away, and that I think is why I enjoyed it so much. Was it drop dead funny? No. No like they tote it in the ads and previews. But it is good. I will definitely watch it again.

    DIG IT!...more info
  • Bland, dull edged satire
    This has been described as a "razor sharp" satire. It isn't. The main character is a tobacco company lobbyist who defends tobacco interests. The problem here is that we knew that these guys were weasels over forty years ago - this is hardly cutting edge material. Many, many obvious jabs at this type are made. This film will only be an eye opener to someone who has been in a coma for the last few decades. The ending, where the lead character feels some moral responsibility toward his son is phony. The movie spends most of its running time showing us how utterly amoral the character is. Are we really supposed to believe that he suddenly feels remorse because of his son? More likely (and I know this type), he would keep his son in the dark about the true nature of his work. Katie Holmes looks horrible here. She can't act, has bad skin, and seems badly miscast as the "hot" reporter who seduces the handsome Eckhart (you would think that the gorgeous Eckhart would have women lined up but he seems so desperate that he has to settle for the odd looking Holmes). ...more info
  • Ain't That America!

    This could have been a smarmy National Lampoon style effort, but instead I think they pulled it off beautifully.

    Funny, yet sobering in its accuracy. Watch, laugh and wince.

    Yep. This is the point we've come to, folks. Truth is a four letter word, and may the best win.

    Check out the America: Living in Spin featurette. Clinton...Bush...BINGO!

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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  • Has its valid, amusing points but is ultimately a bit too callous
    I think the problem many people have with this film is that - unlike most moralizing Hollywood movies - it doesn't take a stand for or against smoking. While I think smoking is disgusting and practically crazy and I've lost count of the people I've known who died from it, I actually found this approach refreshing. It's essentially a cynical, amoral, libertarian satire on the American nanny state, corporate shills, and posturing politicians. In essence it boils down to this message: "Everyone's got a selfish reason for doing what they do and all information is skewed to the interests of the person providing it. Make up your own mind based on that. If you can."

    Since I'm neither amoral or libertarian I was not thrilled with the main character (His motto: "If you argue correctly, then you're never wrong.") or with the way he indoctrinated his son into believing "doing what you do best" is one's highest calling - even if it's for a damnable cause. But his blunt honesty appealed to my cynical side and was often quite amusing....more info
  • Spin is the message, not anti-tobacco
    You might mistake this for an anti-smoking propaganda movie, and there is just a little of that. But this is really about modern spin and how it's taken over every issue in society, making it difficult to filter out fact from fiction. This is unexpectedly entertaining....more info
  • Better Than Expected
    No one could ever accuse this movie of being subtle. But hey, look at the title and the premise. How could it be?

    Nick Naylor is one of the most interesting protagonists to come along in quite a while, and the topic is a very blunt "smoke smoke smoke!" message. The movie is based on a novel which I haven't read but which must surely also be about him. He's an interesting guy.

    What I see here is a brilliant balancing act. The humor manages to go over the top without ever sacrificing character, credibility, or even plot. I honestly didn't expect a plot, but rather a one-joke film. So it was a pleasant surprise there.

    I will say that you have to be in the right mood, though. The first time I fired up the DVD, I stopped after about 30 minutes and put it aside for later. The second time, I was very impressed.

    (Fired up? Oh no, I've been subliminally programmed!)
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  • The Sultan of Spin
    Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry; he's very good at spinning facts and convincing people that smoking is their American right. His young son isn't so sure about the ethics of Dad's job, however.

    This is a very funny, sarcastic movie. I've seen Eckhart before but was never impressed, until now. He is perfect as the fast-talking lobbyist with his dazzling smile and charismatic charm. The cast is full of good actors in small but witty roles: William H. Macy plays an anti-cigarette senator, Rob Lowe is wonderfully slimy as a Hollywood publicity man, Robert Duvall plays the tobacco boss, and Sam Elliott is the Marlborough Man. It's filmed in a quasi-documentary style with lots of deadpan humor. No one actually smokes in the movie, which is a good thing considering the cancer statistics that are quoted.

    I highly recommend this film; it really delivers big laughs while poking fun at the tobacco fat cats....more info
  • A gem, expertly cut and brilliant
    Simply said, Thank You for Smoking is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The script is brilliant and all the actors are well cast and do a fabulous job. As an extra plus the exploration of spin and its effects is a real education. Don't miss this one!...more info
  • Laugh and Think
    If you are a smoker watch the film and think,
    If you are a non-smoker watch the film and feel as happy as you can and laugh
    If your child is a teenager let her watch the film, nothing that the adults tell is enough to give this impression about smoking.
    I think this may be a popular film that is watched at school hours.
    The terrible results of smoking and how they have been hidden for decades is presented in a very ironic way.
    I hope many people watch this film. ...more info
  • Delicious politically incorrect film
    Thank You for Smoking is a delicious politically incorrect film that pokes fun at our knee-jerk PC nature in the most unlikely of ways. Taking the most demonized now of our society's legal but dangerous products, the cigarette, through Nick Naylor, the lead lobbyist for the tobacco industry in Washington, D.C. the film provokes thought about how we judge people.

    Instead of playing Naylor as simply an overly slick salesman, the story shows Naylor, portrayed by Aaron Eckhart, as a committed father trying to create a better relationship with his son. Through this dedicated parenting we see the smiling lobbyist as a real person fighting the good fight for a losing side. An air of admiration actually takes hold for Naylor as everyone does have bills to pay. Therefore the movie is littered with points of view that in an entertaining fashion reveal how ludicrous much of our condemnation is towards what most people understand to be a dangerous product. Naylor is clearly fantastic at the game of spin, but so is everyone else who is in the game of trying to shape public opinion. Therefore even the public servant trying to put a skull and cross bones on cigarette packs or the dying cancer victim railing against the tobacco industry is revealed to be very good at the same manipulations and/or carry the same self-centered motivations as a skilled tobacco lobbyist.

    The questions then that Thank You For Smoking keeps asking is when has our scorn towards Naylor gone too far, as every good argument does need a counter-argument. ...more info
  • Thank you for watching
    One of the wittiest films of the year, a funny flick that pokes fun at lobbyists and walks a fine line between displaying ethical behavior and exploiting logical fallacies to convince people of nearly everything. As enlightening as it is entertaining, anyone who enjoys a good character driven comedy should love this....more info
  • Read the book.
    In comparison to the book, this movie takes out some of the more quirky, sharp, and unique parts of the plot. The portions of the plot that it keeps, and often adapts into some kind of Disney channel outloook, leave much to be desired. The alternate ending is drab and unwittingly abrupt, contrary to the book. Even when not being compared to the book, there is an alarmingly miniscule amount of character development and the acting is poor. They basically took the book and crammed it into an episode of "Friends". ...more info
  • 4.5; satirical and quite funny
    For all of its nicotine and addictive natures, I never once got into cigarettes. Sure I had a couple but they never once became an addiction. Ironically there are people out there whose sole job it is is to get people to smoke. Criticized for having no moral compass, they basically smooth talk their way into media's hearts by saying the wrong words the right way. As Aaron Eckhart's character says, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong. That is the basic for this film: nobody is really right or wrong, it's just a question of who sounds the most convincing.

    Eckhart plays Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the Academy of Tobacco Studies whose basic job is to downplay the dangers of tobacco and smoking and turn things around in their favor. He doesn't necessarily lie, he just makes the truth sound so cool. But when politicians want to put a more grim warning label on cigarettes, Naylor is called into action but a reporter has that come crashing down and he has to once again, talk his way out of rough waters.

    A film like this usually rests on one actor, unlike most where it's an ensemble film. Eckhart is one of those kind of actors that he's so good when he's actually given a good part to play although roles in Paycheck and the Core were at least watchable but here he kind of flexes his muscles. The rest of the cast is great as well with funny cameos from Adam Brody of the O.C, Rob Lowe, Sam Elliot as the Marlboro Man. The only thing about some of the cast members is that they do feel like cameos with Naylor's ex dating a doctor that practically appears in 2 scenes and Katie Holmes as the reporter just feels miscast (someone like Rachel McAdams would've been perfect).

    What's enjoyable about the film is that not only is it funny (one favorite is the senator who wants to eliminate all incidents of cigarettes from movies, complete with hilarious alternatives) but it never really feels like an anti-smoking ad in the guise of a film. It argues its pro-smoking points just as well as its anti-smoking ones and leaves it to the viewer to figure out who seems better to you. If its got any faults is that when we start to learn more about Nick the man and not Nick the silver-tongued man on a mission, it doesn't really have the energy when the film ramps up in satire.

    I'm not sure if you'll end up buying this, but it's a great rental and up to you whether to completely go ahead and buy it. Which isn't a bad thing since it's so funny....more info
  • The Sultan of Spin
    Thank You for Smoking sheds light (as it should do) on several important matters, including: how powerful the Tobacco giants and their associate companies have become, the health hazards associated with cigarette smoking, the power of the media, and the hypocrisy of so many who oppose tobacco.
    The film brings to the screen the story of Nick Naylor, a spin-doctor, as he travels with his 12-year-old son across the country showing him what he does for a living.
    Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, J.K. Simmons, William Macy, Katie Holmes, and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well.
    The setting, the plot, and the dialogues are all good and it does get the message across loud and clear.
    In short, balanced and fair, Thank You for Smoking, is a movie definitely worth watching, as it is surely an eye opener.
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  • Brilliant Movie; Almost make you want to take up smoking
    Talk about a clever story. The satire is amongst the best I have ever seen. The storyline is catchy from the start and you find yourself rooting for what by all accounts in any other movie would be the "bad guy." There are stories going on at multiple levels, which makes it entertaining from start to finish. The writers deserve an oversized oscar for both a creative story and a brilliant concept. If you like intelligent comedies, this is a can't miss movie....more info
  • Smoking....
    because it is on fire in my backyard! Sorry, not into the feel angry because the tobacco companies are making a lot of money! When hollywood stops producing movies glamourizing thugs and drug dealing maybe then they should start trying to convict others of their bad decisions. Until then just keep your opinion to yourself! Junk movie!...more info
  • Lighting up at the movies
    Jason Reitman`s "Thank You For Smoking" would make an interesting companion piece to "Lord of War," since both are sharp, acerbic satires about industries - one tobacco, the other small arms - whose practitioners are often referred to as "merchants of death."

    Based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, "Thank You For Smoking" centers on Nick Naylor, a smooth-talking lobbyist for Big Tobacco whose job it is to counter all the medical charges leveled against cigarettes so that people will go right on using the product despite the fact that Americans are dropping dead from heart disease, cancer and emphysema at the rate of well over 430,000 people a year. The triumph of the film is that it resists the temptation to paint everything in broad strokes or to reduce all its figures to the level of simpleminded caricatures. Naylor may be an amoral cretin in the profession he has chosen to pursue, but as played by the brilliant Aaron Eckhart, he also has a bit of a conscience and the semi-redeeming traits of insecurity, vulnerability and a deep and abiding love for his devoted young son. Writer/director Jason Reitman "humanizes" the characters even as he skewers them mercilessly for how they have chosen to live their lives. Naylor, for instance, is part of an informal group labeled "the Mod Squad," - short for "Merchants of Death" - consisting of Naylor plus two other lobbyists, one from the alcohol industry and one from the gun manufacturers, who meet regularly at a local bar to bemoan their standing as social pariahs and to argue over which of the three industries scores the most deaths per annum. These characters could easily have been overdrawn and turned into callous villains, but we find ourselves actually liking them - much as we do Naylor - partly because they remain loyal to their buddy when the going gets tough for him and his world threatens to fall to pieces around him.

    Indeed it is this feeling of ambivalence we have towards Naylor that makes "Thank You For Smoking" more than just an anti-smoking jeremiad, for the movie beautifully approximates the seductive power of men like Naylor and makes us aware of how easily we too fall under their spell. Eckhart is so charismatic, charming and convincing in the role of Naylor that we find ourselves in the unusual position of practically rooting for him to prevail, even though, intellectually, we can pretty much see through the speciousness of his arguments. The filmmakers are to be commended for not softening the material by turning Naylor into the conventional anti-hero who eventually sees the evils of his ways and does everything in his power to make reparations for the damage and suffering he has caused. For even though Naylor does have a "soft," likable side to his personality, it isn't always enough to make him do the right thing in every situation or to make all the politically correct speeches the audience believes should be coming from the mouth of a reformed wrongdoer. The filmmakers make it clear that Naylor "reforms" only up to a point, for there is still a great deal of flimflamery lurking in the core of his genes. Moreover, Buckley and Reitman don't let the anti-smoking forces entirely off the hook either. The movie often shows them as both extreme (one group even kidnaps and nicotine-poisons Naylor to get him to stop what he's doing) and insufferably self-righteous and petty (one senator wants to digitally erase all the cigarettes from old movies).

    Eckhart, who has always been a very fine actor despite never having achieved superstar status in Hollywood, should have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his dazzling, finely-tuned turn here as a man it is easy to criticize but hard to hate. He is bolstered by an outstanding cast that includes J.K. Simmons, Maria Bello, David Koechner, Kim Dickens, William H. Macy, Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe and Sam Elliott. Special note should be taken of young Cameron Bright ("X-Men 3"), who brings spirit and depth to the role of Naylor's impressionable but clear-eyed and levelheaded teenage son.

    "Thank You For Smoking" is a rarity among American films in that it provides genuine food for thought while amusing the heck out of us at the same time....more info
  • Hilarious!
    One of the best comedies I've seen in a long, long time. Definitely one to own.... and I do!...more info
  • Like watching a shark eat a school of hapless fish
    'Thank You For Smoking' is a satire/comedy of the industry of Big Tobacco. Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies, and calls himself the Colonel Sanders of Nicotine. He's divorced, but stays very involved in Joey's (his twelve year old son) life. Joey (Cameron Bright - Running Scared, The Butterfly Effect) looks up to his father, often seeing him in a Godlike way.

    Nick belongs to what they call the MOD Squad (Merchants Of Death). He and his two friends, Polly Bailey (Maria Bello - Secret Window) who works for the Moderation Council and is an alcoholic, and Bobby Jay Bliss (David Koechner) who works for SAFETY (The Society for the Advancement of Firearms and Effective Training for Youth), meet for lunch one a week and discuss the deaths related to their current jobs.

    The movie begins with Nick appearing on the Joan Lunden show, against anti-tobacco groups and a young boy suffering from tobacco related cancer. Nick, the best of the spin-artists, walks away smelling like a rose. On his case over his defense of Big Tobacco is Senator Ortolan Finistirre (William H. Macy), who leads a sub-committee dedicated to labeling cigarettes with the skull and crossbones poison symbol.

    Nick, while waiting for the sub-committee hearing, travels to see The Captain (Robert Duvall), head of the tobacco company and founder of Nick's employer. Nick's boss stole his idea to use Hollywood to promote tobacco (by getting stars to smoke on screen) and the Captain wants Nick to fly to California to get the ball rolling. Taking Joey along, Nick meets with Jeff Megall (Rob Lowe), a Hollywood super agent who heads up EGO (Entertainment Global Offices). (Jeff and the whole Hollywood scene is so over-the-top "typical" that it's hilarious) Jeff and Nick agree on 25 Million dollars to get Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones to smoke on screen after a futuristic $ex scene. (unbelievable!) While in California, he takes a huge money payoff to the original Marlboro Man Lorne Lutch (Sam Elliott) who's now dying of lung cancer. He also appears on the Dennis Miller show against Senator Finistirre, and receives a death threat from a caller.

    Nick comments on his life as being the most hated person on Earth. It's pretty much true. He's kidnapped, stripped, covered in nicotine patches and left at the Lincoln statue. He almost dies and can never smoke again because of the overdose, but spins it into how cigarettes saved his life because a non-smoker would have died. The reporter he's dating, Heather, takes all their private pillow talks and publishes an extremely derogatory article about him. (You'll have to watch the movie to see how he pays her back) Nick has to balance his life between his moral-less job and being a father to his son. The things he teaches Joey aren't right or wrong but how to win, an approach Joey's mother disapproves of.

    Whether you're a non-smoker or even a smoker, the actions of the Big Tobacco will make you red with fury. Eckhart plays a good role as Nick, totally unconcerned with his job as lobbyist for a known killer. (as expressed in the meetings of the MOD Squad) Though not based on a true story or even real statistical facts, the casual way Big Tobacco treats their "customer's" lives rings true. Adding in Polly and Bobby Ray as advocates of alcohol and firearms holds a certain irony to the film. Though the movie has a good premise (as far as satire goes) and an excellent cast who all perform well, it never quite advances itself into either comedy or drama. The pace is a little to slow, and the debates not long enough or heated enough. It's interesting enough if you want to watch a benignly evil man do his effort to spread poison, but not worthy of a purchase. Rent first. Enjoy!
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  • Hypocritical
    Clever tale of libertarianism from Peter Thiel, the PayPal guy. In the story, our hero Aaron Eckhart lives a lie so that he can pay his mortgage, he goes through a series of challenges, and comes out on top the way you'd see in any Tom Cruise movie, the main difference is that this one happens to be starring Aaron Eckhart instead of Mr Couch Jumper.

    Sure, it seems to be a thinking man's movie, but why would a movie about smoking not show anybody smoking? Why would a movie about the right of the tabacco industry to exist suppress smoking in it? Why would a movie that shows the main character going to Hollywood to convince studio executives to feature its stars lighting up, but then not have its star light up? Somehow the film, while enjoyable, is not clever enough to answer any of these questions. Rob Lowe is good as a serene Hollywood guru-type, but William H. Macy horribly typecast as a snivelling senator who is exposed with ridiculous ease as a hypocrite....more info
  • funny movie
    Hubby would probably give it a 5 but it was a 3 for me...more info
  • Black Lung Comedy
    "Thank You For Smoking" is a movie about suckers. Suckers who are willing to forgo every piece of information available as long as they have one person telling them what they want to believe is right, as long as it's what they want to hear. Into this void steps Nick Naylor (Adam Eckhart), a lobbyist for Big Tobacco, whose job is convincing everyone to take a rolled up tube of paper stuffed with carcinogens, set it on fire and suck the fumes into your body because you have the right to do so. Naylor is the best in the biz, making everyone around him take pratfalls while he tries to be a good dad to his precocious son (unfortunately a clich¨¦d part, played up by Cameron Bright).

    While predominantly a satire on spin and the gullibility of consumers, "Thank You For Smoking" often misses the bulls-eye for the very thing its premise is based on: SPIN. No-one in the movie smokes. Even the wizened old Patriarch of the firm (played great by Robert Duvall) never lights one up, even as he tells everyone about his great discoveries. Naylor is momentarily seen fidgeting with an empty pack, but that's as close as it gets. It gets difficult to believe the bleating about being too PC when everyone in the film as politically correct as they can be. Even Katie Holmes, as a sleazy journalist, gets one-upped by the ever cunning Naylor.

    This is a deep and darkly funny film, but it just doesn't go far enough. The best film in this genre, the Political Satire Wag the Dog, both hit the funny bone and slugged your gut, while TYFS pulls the final punches after about 2/3's of the way in by taking away Naylor's smarminess and turning him into a Disney Dad. Satire can be outrageous, but there also has to be an endgame. The feel-good ending here seems tacked on rather than thought through. It was fun watching Nick spar with the hapless Senator (William H. Macy, delightful as always), but had his name been something less convoluted than Ortolan Finistirre, it might have been less of an obvious ploy. (Ooo look! All American Lobbyist takes on nerdy Gov-Wonk with dopey name!)

    "Thank You For Smoking" wussed out when it really could've taken the Spin-Zone to task. Otherwise, it might have been the dark comedy it wanted to be. By trying to have it both ways, however, it simply goes up in smoke....more info
  • Is There A Spin Doctor In the House
    Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking is a well written, well acted satire on the political correctness of the late 1990's. The film tells the story of tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) as he goes through the process of bringing smoking back to the movies and in turn reconnecting with his young son.

    The film has a great ensemble cast and witty dialogue but doesn't really develop its story line to the point I would have hoped. As political satire it walks a thin line between high comedy and silliness.

    The high point of the disc comes in its special features. The disc offers two commentaries, an episode of the Charlie Rose show, two making of featurettes and various art galleries.

    This really could have been a great movie as it turns out it was merely good. Worth a rental....more info