Thank You for Smoking (2006)
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.
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 head honcho and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily. Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but the increased scrutiny of his son and a very real death threat may force him to think differently. … More
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Critic Reviews for Thank You for Smoking
The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring.
Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.
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.
Thank You For Smoking gets much of its juice from a superb Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor.
Audience Reviews for Thank You for Smoking
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.
Cleaver Thats the best way to describe this movie and the way Aaron Eckhart acts throughout the whole movie. Enjoy!
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.
Thank You for Smoking Quotes
|Nick Naylor:||I don't have a MD or law degree. I have a bachelor's in kicking butt and taking names.|
|Nick Naylor:||That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong.|
|Brad:||Nick, your job and everything aside, I hope you understand that second hand smoke's a real killer.|
|Nick Naylor:||What are you talking about?|
|Brad:||I just hope you're providing a smoke-free environment for Joey is all I'm saying.|
|Nick Naylor:||Brad, I'm his father. You're the guy fucking his mom.|
|Brad:||That was unnecessary.|
|Nick Naylor:||I like a challenge. If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross.|
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