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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

'Thank You for Smoking' is an hilarious satire

Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, J.K. Simmons, William H. Macy, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, David Koechner, Sam Elliot, Rob Lowe, Robert Duvall, and Katie Holmes
Director: Jason Reitman
Rating: Eight of Ten Stars

Follow the adventures of Nick Naylor (Eckhart), chief lobbyist for the tobacco industry, as he advocates for the rights of smokers and tobacco companies while serving as a good role model for his son and hanging out with his best friends Polly (Bello) and Bobby (Koechner), lobbyists for the alcohol industry and gun manufacturers respectively. (Together, they make up the MOD [Merchants of Death] Squad.)

"Thank You for Smoking" is a hilarious satire that skewers American business, politics, pop culture, family life... it touches on just about every aspect of life for the American middle- and upper-middle class.

Aaron Eckhart is the single true star of this film, and he is perfect as the lovable rogue Nick Naylor--the Sultan of Spin who could argue that black is white and make it seem sensible. He is supported by a crisp, well-written script, a tightly edited and well-paced film, and a supported by a group of actors who are perfectly cast in their roles. William H. Macy as the obnoxious crusading US Senator is particularly good, but Rob Lowe as a slimey Hollywood producer, Katie Holmes as a sexpot reporter, and Maria Bello and David Koechner as Nick's best friends--his only friends when he hits a rough spot--also turn in excellent and funny performances.

"Thank for Smoking" is a movie that most thinking adults will watch with a constant smile on their face. The exception would be particularly demented anti-smoking Nazis who will almost certainly be upset by the lack of preaching, annoyed that all the characters are likable, and frustrated by the happy ending for Nick and his pals.


  1. This was a great movie....
    It handles the whole smoking issue, I think, in a refreshingly intelligent manner. Plus, Aaron Eckhart is excellent.

    I see that you, too, hate anti-smoking Nazis. Aren't they the most annoying bastards?

  2. Despite the profile picture of me smiling happily with a cigar in my hand, I don't actually smoke. Even so, I can't stand the extreme anti-smoking crowd. I also can't stand the nanny state telling bar owners they can't have smoking in their establishments.

    (The two draws of that cigar I took before posing for the photo were the only two I've ever had. I tried it, because the friend getting married insisted that I HAD to try a Cuban cigar. And I admit, it actually was pretty good. But not good enough for me to want to waste money on smokes when I could waste it on going to the movies!)

  3. Saw this one a few years ago and I really liked it. Aaron Eckhart is pretty awesome in everything he's in.