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Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking

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Director: Jason Reitman

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright


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The directorial debut from Jason Reitman, the media satire Thank You for Smoking stars Aaron Eckhart as Nick, a man who has turned spinning news and information into a successful career for the tobacco lobby. He plots strategies with his colleagues (Maria Bello and David Koechner) on how to make other dangerous products more appealing to the American public.


The directorial debut from Jason Reitman, the media satire Thank You for Smoking stars Aaron Eckhart as Nick, a man who has turned spinning news and information into a successful career for the tobacco lobby. He plots strategies with his colleagues (Maria Bello and David Koechner) on how to make other dangerous products more appealing to the American public. Nick ends up going to Hollywood with his young son (Cameron Bright) in order to get a movie producer to include characters smoking in his newest film. Nick is kidnapped by a vigilante group concerned about the harmful nature of his product. The cast includes William H. Macy as a Senator who runs on a strong anti-tobacco position, Rob Lowe as the Hollywood bigwig, and Robert Duvall as the king of the tobacco industry. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Christopher Buckley’s savagely funny satirical novel about an amoral lobbyist has been brilliantly adapted to the screen by writer-director Jason Reitman, son of comedy producer-director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters). Aaron Eckhart portrays Nick Naylor, an indefatigable advocate for Big Tobacco who routinely makes fools of the feckless media types and arrogant politicians opposing his clients. Nick loves bragging about his latest maneuvers to his fellow lobbyists (Maria Bello and David Koechner) while alternately attempting to be a role model to his precocious 12-year-old son (Cameron Bright). His effectiveness, however, is considerably diminished when an ambitious reporter (Katie Holmes) uses her feminine wiles to extract inside information from him. What’s most effective about Buckley’s novel -- and this reasonably faithful screen version -- is that there’s no clearly definable line separating the good guys from the bad guys; both Nick and his opponents are depicted as being equally venal and opportunistic. Refreshingly free of crude humor and related vulgarities, Thank You for Smoking is smart, witty, and delightfully ironic from first frame to last, and for that we are thankful.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Jason Reitman's adaptation of Thank You for Smoking aims its satirical slings at something much bigger than the smoking lobby. Aaron Eckhart's Nick Naylor gleefully manipulates everyone and everything in his path. While the film gets huge laughs from the audacious (though not quite totally unbelievable) sentiments Naylor expresses on behalf of the tobacco industry, it also gives this media Machiavelli a heart simply by showing that his ability to shape an argument isn't something he has to work on or think about -- it comes to him naturally. Some might think he is soulless, but it would be more accurate to say that spinning is his soul. The film would work if it settled for just mocking big business, but it actually analyzes how someone who instinctually spins the truth can still live an honorable life. Even more refreshing is that Naylor never really once questions what he does. He certainly goes through a rough patch of self-pity, but never once does he regret what he does or consider how what he is doing affects others. He is a man naturally suited to having this job in this day and age. A lazy actor would have simply amped up the smarm factor playing Naylor, but Eckhart plays the character with pride. That pride makes him engaging and even somewhat sympathetic. With one strong, unique lead character, Reitman is able to serve up big laughs while commenting on the nature of public discourse in the age of media saturation.

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Fox Searchlight
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director and cast commentary; Deleted scenes; The Charlie Rose show interview with Jason Reitman, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley and David O. Sacks; Making-of featurette; America: Living in Spin featurette; And more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Eckhart Nick Naylor
Maria Bello Polly Bailey
Cameron Bright Joey Naylor
Adam Brody Jack
Sam Elliott Lorne Lutch
Katie Holmes Heather Holloway
David Koechner Bobby Jay Bliss
Robert A.A. Lowe Jeff Megall
William H. Macy Senator Ortolan Finistirre
J.K. Simmons BR
Robert Duvall The Captain
Kim Dickens Jill Naylor
Connie Ray Pearl
Todd Louiso Ron Goode
Marianne Muellerleile Teacher
Daniel Travis Brad
Joan Lunden Herself
Dennis Miller Himself
Eric Haberman Robin Williger
Mary Jo Smith Sue Maclean
Jeff Witzke Kidnapper
Alex Diaz Kid # 1
Jordan Garrett Kid # 2
Courtney Taylor Burness Kid # 3
Jordan Orr Kid # 4
Kathryn Winslow Jeanette
Richard Speight Trainee
Eric Maldonado Tobacco Club Host
Renee Graham Tiffany
Timothy Dowling EGO Assistant
Terry James Ski Mask #1
Marc Scizak Ski Mask #2
Rachel Thorp Flighty Girl
Karen Harrison Nurse
Aaron Lustig Doctor
Melora Hardin Interviewer
Brian Palermo Voice Of F.B.I. Agent
Michael Mantell Dr. Meisenbach
Tonyo Melendez Mr. Herera
Spencer Garrett Senator Lothridge
Earl Billings Senator Dupree
Catherine Reitman Reporter #1
Sean Patrick Murphy Reporter #2
David Sacks Oil Lobbyist
Nancy O'Dell Herself
Roy Jenkins Debate Moderator
Howard Weitzman Gentleman #1
Bruce French Gentleman #2
Robert L. Richards Gentleman #3

Technical Credits
Jason Reitman Director,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Belafonte Associate Producer
Michael Beugg Executive Producer
Daniel Brunt Co-producer
Alessandro Camon Executive Producer
Betsy Royall Casting Casting
Daniel Dubiecki Co-producer
Richard Dwan Sound Editor
Eveleen Anne Bandy Associate Producer
Elisabeth Fry Makeup
Dana E. Glauberman Editor
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Karen Iacofano Camera Operator
David Insley Camera Operator
Scott Kaye Camera Operator
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Max Levchin Executive Producer
Tommy Lohmann Camera Operator
Robin Luce Makeup
Mindy Marin Co-producer
Elon Musk Executive Producer
Michael R. Newman Co-producer
Daniel Nichols Camera Operator
Bruce Oldham Camera Operator
Joseph G. Pier Camera Operator
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
David Sacks Producer
Steve Saklad Production Designer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Marc Scizak Stunts
Peter Thiel Executive Producer
Jim Whitaker Cinematographer
Mark Woolway Executive Producer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thank You for Smoking
1. Main Titles [:30]
2. Meet Nick Naylor [2:07]
3. Merchants of Death [4:26]
4. The Beauty of Argument [4:07]
5. Poison Challenge [3:19]
6. The Captain [3:31]
7. All in the Family [3:29]
8. Where the Devil Sleeps [2:04]
9. Hollywood Dream [3:26]
10. Moral Flexibility [3:09]
11. The Original Marlboro Man [1:02]
12. Death Threat [6:31]
13. Smoking Saved My Life [3:20]
14. The Article [1:03]
15. Fired [8:15]
16. In Joey's Eyes [:39]
17. Sweet Revenge [5:57]
18. The Sultan of Spin [6:41]
19. Turned Down the Job [3:57]
20. End Titles [1:41]


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Thank You for Smoking 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A charming renewal of the 80's satire, Reitman does an excellent job as the "morally flexible" lobbyist who is equally venal and smooth. He rallies for Big Tobacco, maybe one of this country's biggest corrupting forces in the past and is seen as the underdog--what's not more American than that. Keep going, Mr. Reitman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Thank You for Smoking" was an entertaining movie. I enjoyed the portrayal of corporate shenanigans and its satire of Hollywood types. The acting was good and all players did their jobs well but I was a bit put off by the smirking 'we're so smart and hip attitude' of the movie. A bit of humbleness is appealing you know. Some say the subject matter in this film i.e. to smoke or not to smoke is equally weighed. I personally didn't feel that way at all. I felt the overall tone for the movie was geared toward smoking. Personally, I don't smoke but I don't mind that this film is for smoking. What I liked about the film is that it kept my brain going. And like I said majority of this film is predictable, but you do begin to question how free the rights of the American Public are? Should smoking be banned or should smokers have their rights too? Like stated in the film people know smoking is bad yet they still do it. Why? The movie puts a nice spin on the importance of information and looking at things from alternative views. It's nice to see Aaron Eckhart play a good solid role for once. I think his performance in this film was excellent and extremely believable. I think after this role we will be seeing him in more movies. William H. Macy also stars and shines yet again. Macy is one of the best actors in Hollywood who for years still never got the appreciation he deserves. Also Katie Holmes does a decent job although her character is extremely predictable. I personally think Holmes does a good job at playing bad girl roles like her role here and in "The Gift". The reason I think that is because she looks so innocent so when she comes out saying something like "I want to f*** you, when I watch you on TV" it seems out of the ordinary for her. This is also probably another reason why Tom Cruise loves her she's probably a very bad girl outside the public eye. Even though this is Jason Reitman's first feature film he is one to keep an eye on. I feel as the time goes on he will become a very big director just like his father. Being that "Smoking" is his first film, I think he has already hit a home run. I think the guy has talent and as long as he keeps making good movies he will be just as big as his dad is someday. So in conclusion, I like the message behind "Thank You For Smoking" but not the overall subject matter of the film. This movie provides its audience with fine acting, a good script and some nice directing. The film's idea also keeps its audience thinking. It's a good movie to watch with someone and then have a nice long talk with about it afterwards. It's a satirical look at the smoking issue although I still feel it tilts more towards one side than the other. But at the end of the day, it's a good independent film which you will be able to enjoy and appreciate.
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