Thank You for Smoking (2006)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Loaded with delightfully unscrupulous characters and and a witty, cynical script, Thank You For Smoking is a sharp satire with a brilliantly smarmy lead performance from Aaron Eckhart.


Movie Info

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content.)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Reitman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2006
Box Office: $24.6M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Nick Naylor

as Polly Bailey

as Heather Holloway

as Sue Maclean

as Lorne Lutch

as Jeff Megall

as Senator Ortolan Fini...

as Doak `The Captain' B...

as Jill Naylor

as Pearl

as Ron Goode

as Herself

as Robin Williger

as Himself

as Joey Naylor

as Bobby Jay Bliss

as Budd `BR' Rohrabache...

as Kidnapper

as Kid No. 1

as Christine

as Kid No. 2

as Kid No. 4

as Jeanette Dantine

as Tobacco Club Host

as Tiffany

as EGO Assistant

as Interviewer

as Ski Mask No. 1

as Ski Mask No. 2

as Dr. Meisenbach

as Voice Of F.B.I. Agen...

as Mr. Herera

as Senator Lothridge

as Senator Dupree

as Senator Dupree

as Herself

as Reporter #1

as Debate Moderator

as Oil Lobbyist

as Gentleman #1

as Gentleman #2

as Gentleman #3
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Critic Reviews for Thank You for Smoking

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (45)

The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Salon.com
Top Critic

Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Curiously, the film's key drawback --its impassive resolution feels a little too slick -- is arguably indicative of the theme: no matter how much we may think we're peeling back the layers, all we arrive at is another fašade.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Thank You For Smoking gets much of its juice from a superb Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

The joke fizzles

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

Thank You For Smoking is an elegant satire, sneaky and subtle...

Full Review… | February 28, 2008
BrandonFibbs.com

Audience Reviews for Thank You for Smoking

½

Nick Naylor is possibly the most hated man in America; his job is basically to peddle poison to children. But it pays the mortgage...This extremely clever and insightful satire of today's climate of political spin is incredibly sharply written and has lots of laugh out loud moments as it deconstructs the methods used by PR men in the 21st century; even the "good guys" do not emerge unscathed as they are shown to use exactly the same tactics (see the hilarious scene when William H. Macy bemoans the quality of his TV "cancer kid"!). It may not have the flash and bangs of Lord Of War, but it has far more depth; in fact it reminded me more of an updated version of American Psycho. Instead of the hands on greed of the 80s satirised in that film, it shows how the immoral earn their corporate cash through hypocrisy and double talk these days rather than getting their "hands dirty". I couldn't help feeling that Jason Reitman got more carried away with making a political point and smart dialogue than dramatic momentum and so the plot lacked focus, but the cast are all superb and it contains witty and stylish visual and voice over cues in a similar vein to Fight Club and a great soundtrack. Very funny, very clever.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Cleaver Thats the best way to describe this movie and the way Aaron Eckhart acts throughout the whole movie. Enjoy!

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Lying's not murder, is it ... and that's the popular wisdom, a thought that guides many existences, but in this flush comedy the lead proclaims, no, sneers that Genghis Khan's got nothing on him as he's the charming and suave mouthpiece for big tobacco. A quick, smart script and smooth direction round out this very enjoyable visit to the darkest of dark sides while admitting, with a smile, no wrongdoing.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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