“Thank You For Smoking”
Run time: 1:32
Memorable quote: The message Hollywood needs to send out is ‘Smoking Is Cool!’
One of the most un-PC movies dealing with a PC subject in a longtime. “Thank You For Smoking” is Jason Reitman’s (son of famed director Ivan Reitman) adaptation and directorial debut of the Christopher Buckley novel. It’s not fair to mention his dad here, as Jason has done an excellent job of presenting this story.
Aaron Eckhart is incredible in this film as Nick Naylor, Big Tobacco’s spinmaster. He is a master of linguistics and, in the opening scene, persuades an audience at the Joan Lunden Show that the kid dying from cancer sitting next to him would be better for the tobacco industry if he was living since they can’t sell cigarettes to dead people. Rounding out the all-star cast is William H. Macy as Vermont Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre, big tobacco’s nemesis, J. K. Simmons (great as usual) as “B.R.”, Naylor’s boss, Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott with Maria Bello and David Koechner filling out the “Merchant of Death” lunch club with Eckhart and stealing every scene they’re in.
Ironically, there are ZERO people shown smoking in this film. Go see it, it’s funny and you will enjoy a very well rounded film.
Rating: 4 out of 5