Thank You For Smoking
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||Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody,
Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, David Koechner, Rob Lowe, William H.
Macy, JK Simmons, Robert Duvall
unless you want them to learn how to win every argument they
have with you.
||It's good for the
both of you.
romping going on, but sadly Katie keeps her clothes on.
kidnapping that is creepy.
||Lots of them.
||Pretty much every
time Nick is making an argument.
||Too many to list.
||David O. Sacks
Are you looking for a good adult comedy where mostly itís
all about the dialogue that cracks you up rather than
slapstick humor? If so, my recommendation is the very witty
"Thank You For Smoking." Hereís the storyÖ
Thank You For Smoking
A Movie Review
Aaron Eckhart is Nick Naylor. Heís the spokesman for the
Academy of Tobacco Studies, an academy funded by big tobacco
to try and used their own scientific findings to refute
those of the health pundits. Things arenít going too well
for the tobacco folks, though, because teen smoking is down,
and Senator Finistirre (William H. Macy) wants to have every
packet of cigarettes slapped with an ugly skull and
crossbones "Poison" graphic. And so Nick just goes about his
days coming up with new ways for the tobacco folks to look
better in the eyes of the public, namely finding himself on
talk shows and propositioning Hollywood to make smoking
While Nick goes through his days, we see his regular
meetings with the M.O.D. Squad, namely the merchants of
death, Polly (Maria Bello), who lobbies for alcohol, and
Bobby (David Koechner), doing the same for firearms, his
getting interviewed and then getting it on with Heather
(Katie Holmes), whom his other M.O.D. Squad members warn him
about, and him trying to grow his relationship with his son,
Joey (Cameron Bright), whose mom, Nickís ex-wife, tries to
shield Joey from what Nick does for a living.
The tobacco people are loving Nick because lately heís
been doing a fabulous job, but then Nickís world comes
crashing down one day, for reasons not to be explained here.
Whoís there to save the day? Of course itís his son, Joey,
who, thanks to Nick, has truly begun to learn the difference
between an argument and a negotiation.
You might think that this is a movie advocating smoking,
but it really isnít. Itís a movie about a dude who does what
he does because heís got a mortgage to pay, and heís damn
good at what he does, namely arguing any position he is
assigned to promote. The best examples of this are during
his appearance on the Joan Lundon show where he gets "Cancer
Boy" to like him, and in front of the Senate hearing on
putting the scary label on cigarettes. I wonít go into his
arguments, but his points are right on the mark, at least in
my eyes. Deep down I think Nick wishes he could be arguing
something else, but he hasnít yet figured out how to
showcase his talents in a less controversial area.
The movie is a lot of fun, mostly because of Nickís
talent. There is also the nice relationship that is growing
between Nick and Joey, even as Nick has to explain to his
son why he does what he does. Joey, though, is a quick
learner in the ways of forming an argument.
If youíre looking for toilet humor, "Thank You For
Smoking" isnít it, but for a movie that takes a
controversial subject and shows the humor in how you can
spin it in any way you want, it is definitely for you. I
laughed a lot, Katie Holmes is still hot but not naked, and
it was good to see they didnít take the "father is
developing a relationship with his son so he must change his
ways" route that most movies would have done. Nick has a job
to do, and his son has learned what it is, no matter the
questionable moral ground. 4 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Thank You
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!