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Thank You for Smoking (Widescreen Edition)
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- Commentary by director Jason Reitman and the cast
- Deleted scenes
- The Charlie Rose Show interview with Jason Reitman, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley and David O. Sacks
- "The Making of Thank You For Smoking" featurette
- "America: Living in Spin" featurette
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The action begins with tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) appearing on a talk show to put a spin on the fact the smoking causes cancer. Nick, smirking all the way, says that the tobacco companies want a boy with cancer to live so they could keep another customer. Nick argues further that health officials would love to see the young "cancer boy" die so their budgets would be fatter. This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks; Nick goes through his whole life putting a spin on tobacco to make it seem safe, romantic and glorious.
Nick's partners in crime include two people he meets for lunch from time to time; and they call themselves "The Mod Squad." Look for great performances by Maria Bello as Polly Bailey and David Koechner as Bobby Jay Bliss who work for the alcohol and gun lobbies respectively. Nick's slave driving boss, B.R. (J.K. Simmons) puts in a great performance and the head honcho of the tobacco group, simply referred to as "Captain," is played wonderfully by Robert Duvall.
Nick's personal life isn't peachy--he's separated from his wife. When a seductive female reporter Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes) gets the real scoop on Nick's secrets and lets it all out in a tell-all article in a prominent Washington, D.C. newspaper, Nick's world comes crashing down around him.
Will Nick be able to bounce back from the negative publicity he gets? Will he keep his friends and his job?Read more ›
While it is brief and inviting to pick up and watch, it does have a serious touch of satire in it, providing a critique of modern day society's overall standards and morals. In one scene in particular Nick Naylor, the main character, talks to his son in a way that makes his job appear even noble, while protecting corporations that claim thousands of lives each year.
Overall, without getting too technical: at LEAST rent this if you like satires, but if you enjoy sarcastic wit and humor, the odds are in favor of a purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
havn't actually watched it yet, but it seems to be a good movie !Published 2 hours ago by glenpollard
This was an intelegent twist on a controversial subject with a ribbon of truth in the inner story. While few people would support the tobacco industry the lobbyist with a flair for... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Peter J. Hickerson
Very funny! I really enjoyed this movie. I kept hoping the main character would be successful...he's amazingly likable...then I would stop and think "wait a minute... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve R.