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.
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!
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]
Disc #1 -- Thank You for Smoking Play Scene Selection Language Selection Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround Commentaries Commentary By Director Jason Reitman: On Commentary By Director Jason Reitman: Off Commentary By Director Jason Reitman and Actors Aaron Eckhart and David Koechner: On Commentary By Director Jason Reitman and Actors Aaron Eckhart and David Koechner: Off Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: French Subtitles: None Special Features Commentary By Director Jason Reitman: On Commentary By Director Jason Reitman: Off Commentary By Director Jason Reitman and Actors Aaron Eckhart and David Koechner: On Commentary By Director Jason Reitman and Actors Aaron Eckhart and David Koechner: Off Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Jason Reitman Play All Opening Titles Rough Draft Some Syrup for the Missus Cigarette Slap Smoking is Right Death Threats on Message Slips Feet on the Bulkhead In-flight Safety Video Heather Slips the Script Thank You for Being His Father Joan Lunden Original Cut Disgruntled Postman Nick Passes Out Father and Son Montage The Charlie Rose Show Unfiltered Comedy: The Making of Thank You for Smoking America: Living in Spin Poster Art Gallery Art Dept. Gallery Storyboard Gallery Theatrical Trailer Soundtrack Spot
Thank You for Smoking 4.4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
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.
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.