2005   USA Thank You for Smoking
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Director:Jason Reitman
Studio:20th Century Fox
Writer:Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley
IMDb Rating:7.8 (80,115 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations
Duration:91 min
Jason Reitman  ...  (Director)
Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley  ...  (Writer)
Joan Lunden  ...  Herself
Eric Haberman  ...  Robin Williger
Aaron Eckhart  ...  Nick Naylor
Mary Jo Smith  ...  Sue Maclean
Todd Louiso  ...  Ron Goode
Jeff Witzke  ...  Kidnapper
J.K. Simmons  ...  BR
Marianne Muellerleile  ...  Teacher
Cameron Bright  ...  Joey Naylor
Alex Diaz  ...  Kid #1
Jordan Garrett  ...  Kid #2
Courtney Taylor Burness  ...  Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)
Jordan Orr  ...  Kid #4
Maria Bello  ...  Polly Bailey
David Koechner  ...  Bobby Jay Bliss
Jordan Del Spina  ...  Kid #4
Jim Whitaker  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: America is living in spin

Summary: As the saying goes, Aaron Eckhart was born to play Nick Naylor, the 30-something "voice of Big Tobacco" in this brazen satire of corporate profits and what lobbyists will do to protect them. Right from the opening, Eckhart is in spin mode, turning the tables on a popular talk show when he states health officials want a young teen stricken by cancer to die more than big tobacco does, since the boy would be a martyr to them, but only a single lost customer to the industry. Audiences gasp, panelists guffaw, and the kid happily shakes Nick's hand. The Academy of Tobacco Studies has a colorful array of folks surrounding Nick, including his cantankerous boss (J.K. Simmons) and the Colonel (Robert Duvall), tobacco's undisputed leader. His closet friends are lobbyists for guns (David Koechner) and alcohol (Maria Bello) who discuss their odd businesses over regular lunches, but when a cutie-pie reporter (Katie Holmes) swings into Nick's life, things begin to unravel. Based on Christopher Buckley's even more outlandish novel, Thank You for Smoking is a bright light for the filmgoer tired of gutless films formulated by committee, and first-time filmmaker Jason Reitman has expertly cast the film, which includes deft turns by William H. Macy and Sam Elliot. Nick's son, a throwaway in the novel, becomes a major influence here in Nick's development and a key student of Naylorisms such as, "If you argue correctly, then you're never wrong," though a father and son trip to Hollywood to visit an uber agent (Rob Lowe at his most suave) demonstrates how the inclusion of the son both helps and hurts the film. Book fans will miss the wicked plot turn, but the final result is a sharp and smart comedy deserving of a long, savory drag. --Doug Thomas

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