Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.
Release Year: 2005
Rating: 7.7/10 (99,502 voted)
Critic's Score: 71/100
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello
The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage.
Writers: Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley
Mary Jo Smith
Courtney Taylor Burness
(as Courtney Burness)
Jordan Del Spina
(as Jordan Orr)
Bobby Jay Bliss
For tobacco's Nick Naylor, it's just another day at the office
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Release Date: 14 April 2006
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $262,923
(19 March 2006)
(10 September 2006)
Did You Know?
17 minutes into the film you see an ad "More doctors smoke Alpacas than any other cigarette." This is a spoof on Camels cigarettes, which used that slogan on paper and on old time radio advertisements.
When the Academy of Tobacco Studies closes, the sign being dismantled is different from the one shown in the beginning.
Robin Williger. He is a 15 year old freshman from Racine, Wisconsin. He enjoys studying history; he's on the debate team. Robin's future looked very, very bright. But recently he was diagnosed with cancer, a very tough kind of cancer. Robin tells me he has quit smoking, though, and he no longer thinks that cigarettes are "cool."
You'll need to inhale, then exhale slowly and relax before plunging
into the world of Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), lobbyist and bag man for
the Tobacco Industry. The laughs are some of the best abdominal
exercise I've ever had at the movies. Thank You for Smoking is far and
away the best satire to come out of Hollywood in years. The last
attempt I remember was WAG THE DOG. This film is far better at true
satire, its wit biting do-gooders and do-badders alike. It has been too
long since Satire and the Politically Incorrect Sense of Humor have
been allowed to point out the absurd in all sides of an issue. If you
don't laugh out loud, your sense of humor has become a casualty of
malpractice by the Doctors of Spin and the Nursemaids of Political
Young Jason Reitman's direction and screenplay are deft and light. He
is never heavy-handed, or worse, condescending (as may have happened
more than once in WAG THE DOG). Based on a novel by Christopher Buckley
(the son of William F. Buckley), the script is the star here. The
double, triple, and sometimes quadruple entendres are spoken
conversationally by a star-studded ensemble cast, who clearly revel in
great material and great lines. Every reviewer opines that this will be
Aaron Eckhart's break-out role. With his Dudley-Do-Right face and "that
guy who always gets the girl—– on crack" charm and glibness, his
Nick Naylor is the ultimate purveyor of the spin doctor's prescription:
"the means justify the end".
The casting director should be congratulated in the same breath as the
director. Rob Lowe as the "genius" behind Hollywood "EGO", a consultant
firm which helps raise financing for movies with strategic product
placement, is note-perfect in a "small role". With William H. Macy, the
Vermont Senator who takes on the tobacco industry, Maria Bello, a
fellow Merchant of Death lobbyist, and Robert Duvall, the "Captain" of
this particular industry— the cast is jaw-dropping, and sublimely
funny. Katie Holmes, pre-TomKat, is gorgeous, seductive, and completely
believable as the reporter who stops at nothing to get her story.
Nick Naylor's relationship with his son is the lens which focuses Nick
on his own behavior. Even that relationship is not treated as a cliché,
or completely reverently by the satirist, who remains true to the last
frame to the goal of letting the air out of our self-righteousness. It
is a breath of fresh air. I not only recommend it, I intend to see it