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.
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as Nick Naylor
as Polly Bailey
as Heather Holloway
as Sue Maclean
as Lorne Lutch
as Jeff Megall
as Senator Ortolan Finistirre
as Doak `The Captain' Boykin
as Jill Naylor
as Ron Goode
as Robin Williger
as Joey Naylor
as Bobby Jay Bliss
as Budd `BR' Rohrabacher
as Kid No. 1
as Kid No. 2
as Kid No. 3
as Kid No. 4
as Jeanette Dantine
as Tobacco Club Host
as EGO Assistant
as Ski Mask No. 1
as Ski Mask No. 2
as Dr. Meisenbach
as Mr. Herera
as Senator Lothridge
as Senator Dupree
as Debate Moderator
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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.
Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.
Deliciously nasty, naughty satire.
Reitman, still in his 20s, knows something that many more seasoned directors never figure out: how to make audiences laugh along with a film that's laughing at itself.
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:||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|
|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.|
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