Thank You for Smoking (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jun 13 2006

‘Thank You for Smoking’ is a movie about smoking in which no one is ever actually seen smoking. Slick, shark-eyed protagonist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), a lobbyist for the multi-billion-dollar American tobacco industry, is a smoker, or so we’re told, but no evidence of a habit is forthcoming – though at one point some anti-tobacco activists pelt Naylor with nicotine patches. Those hypocritical lung-huggers have nothing on Naylor and his buddy lobbyists, who call themselves the ‘Merchants of Death’ or the MOD Squad (Maria Bello shills for alcohol and David Koechner advocates for guns’n’ammo). The premise of writer-director Jason Reitman’s cynical farce is that a sharp mind, sufficiently motivated by cash and competitive bloodlust, can modify any fact and contort any line of logic to serve a bad but profitable idea. Naylor begins to fret about the ethical quandaries of his success, however, when faced with pointed questions from his son (Cameron Bright).

Adapted from Christopher Buckley’s satirical source novel, Reitman’s first feature is potent with one-liners, but the whole is less than the sum of its zingers and its impressive cast, including Robert Duvall as a crusty billionaire, William H Macy as a nefarious blue-state senator, and Rob Lowe as a slippery agent (Katie Holmes is miscast per usual, this time as a crusading reporter). Besotted with its dazzling protagonist and committed to equal-opportunity attack, the film has no point of view beyond the position that everyone concerned is either amoral or an idiot or an amoral idiot. Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 16, 2006

Duration:

92 mins

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Keegan

The movie is classic, funny when taken less than seriously the characters are dumb but who cares this is not a documentary. When reading Ms. Winters review I have the sneaking suspicion she wasn't paying much attention, the Captian was smoking a cigar, this contradiction with her first sentance shows me the review was half heartedly thrown together. I say make up your own mind maybe you will agree but you wont know till you see the movie.

Keegan

The movie is classic, funny when taken less than seriously the characters are dumb but who cares this is not a documentary. When reading Ms. Winters review I have the sneaking suspicion she wasn't paying much attention, the Captian was smoking a cigar, this contradiction with her first sentance shows me the review was half heartedly thrown together. I say make up your own mind maybe you will agree but you wont know till you see the movie.

Brian

The subject of the movie could offer a one-sided, biased point of view - the result would have been a simple, naive satire short of any insights. Fortunately, it does not make that mistake and presents ambiguous personas, enlightening dialogues and a sense of timing and humour, forming a nice movie out of a well-worn subject.

Brian

The subject of the movie could offer a one-sided, biased point of view - the result would have been a simple, naive satire short of any insights. Fortunately, it does not make that mistake and presents ambiguous personas, enlightening dialogues and a sense of timing and humour, forming a nice movie out of a well-worn subject.