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WARNING: Thank You For Smoking "just might make you laugh your head off!" (MAXIM). Aaron Eckhart stars as Nick Naylor, a sexy, charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator (William H. Macy) bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test. As Nick says, "If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross."
The DVD bonus material is fairly standard, including two commentary tracks (one with director Reitman and another with Reitman and cast members Eckhart and Koechner), about a dozen deleted scenes (with optional commentary) and a couple of featurettes. Among the latter, the "making of" piece is little more than a Valentine from the cast and crew to themselves, in which they explain what the movie's about but not how it was made; an excerpt from TV's The Charlie Rose Show, with Reitman, Eckhart, author Christopher Buckley, and producer David Sachs does much better job of that. Meanwhile, the five-minute "Living in Spin" featurette is fairly pointless, insofar as it does the very thing it's criticizing (Reitman's comment that "This is not a movie about cigarettes, it's a movie about talking" is nothing if not spin). Separate galleries featuring posters, other artwork, and storyboards for the film are interesting, though. --Sam Graham
Excellent satire of PR and lobbying. Great writing and well acted.Published 1 month ago by Veronica Gunnerson