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Thank You for Smoking (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Aaron Eckhart , Cameron Bright , Jason Reitman  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello, Joan Lunden, Eric Haberman
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Jason Reitman, Christopher Buckley
  • Producers: Alessandro Camon, Daniel Brunt, Daniel Dubiecki, David J. Bloomfield, David O. Sacks
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H0MKOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Thank You for Smoking (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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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Additional Features

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

Product Description

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."

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent satire December 9, 2007
Format:DVD
Thank You For Smoking is one of those few dark comedies that truly had me laughing all the way; and I can't remember how long it's been since I laughed so much watching a movie! The lines are funny; the acting is convincing and the movie manages to make a great point about "spin" (aka bulls***) in today's world.

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?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (Mostly) Lighthearted satire, with great results. January 5, 2007
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To be brief, Thank You for Smoking is one of my favorite movies in recent years. It's witty and smart without being a movie that you need to set out too much time for, given that its runtime is a mere 92 minutes.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying--and it is NOT mild. April 5, 2006
George S. Kaufman once said, "Satire is what closes on Saturday night," and Hollywood has pretty much heeded that advice ever since. There are few political satires that come out of La-La Land, and even fewer--"Dr. Strangelove" comes to mind--that are commercially successful. This is why Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking," based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, is so welcome. Particularly in today's poisonous political atmosphere, it is wonderful and refreshing to see a movie that is so clever, so witty, and so worldly-wise about America's true national sport--spin-doctoring--and how all sides play it to their advantage. Aaron Eckhart is wonderfully sleazy as Nick Naylor, a hired gun for the tobacco industry who delights in unleashing his brilliant verbiage in the service of making anti-smoking advocates look like the Gestapo. Only occasionally--such as when he's with his young son (Cameron Bright)--does Nick feel any twinges of conscience about using his talents in order to persuade people to suck poison down their lungs. But then again, Nick is positively cuddly compared with some of his adversaries, such as backstabbing reporter Heather Hathaway (Katie Holmes) and self-righteous Vermont Senator Ortolan Finistirre (William H. Macy), whose crunchy-granola politics mask the heart of a ruthless political hatchetman. "Thank You for Smoking" is stuffed with excellent comic performances, including Maria Bello and David Koechner as Nick's fellow spin doctors in the alcohol and firearms industries; J.K. Simmons as Nick's treacherous, blowhard boss; Rob Lowe and Adam Brody as a couple of flaky, motormouthed Hollywood egomaniacs; and especially the great Robert Duvall as "The Colonel," a courtly throwback to the time when Big Tobacco was King. For lovers of cinematic sarcasm, "Thank You for Smoking" is a welcome breath of smoky, mentholated, nicotine-tinged air.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I tend to be hard on a lot of major motion pictures because, to be frank, they mostly suck. However, this only turned into a "major motion picture" after Fox Searchlight bought it after it's screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Before that it was the vision of fledgling director Jason Reitman to independently bring Christopher Buckley's tremendously smart and funny book of the same name to the screen... and he does a good job. There's a reason why this film is loaded with the (mostly unpaid or underpaid) who's who of Hollywood talent. The script and screenplay are that good. This is not the typical low-brow, fart-joke riden crap you're used to seeing out of Hollywood. There are good acting performances throughout as well. If you are a person of above average wit and have a dry sense of humor, you'll like it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
Smart and funny! Turns how you look at smoking on its head! Great acting by all. Gets you to think!
Published 24 days ago by Omer Ilahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Good!
I absolutely love this movie, and I think anyone, smoker or not, will find it hilarious, entertaining, and also a little scary at how much truth there is to it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sammy D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I lobby from time to time, which makes this movie one of my all time favorites. I love the view point on arguing verses negotiation.
Published 1 month ago by Matthew T Daugherty
3.0 out of 5 stars okay ...
movie is just okay for a rainy sunday afternoon. okay acting and plot. Jason Reitman is a pretty cool director.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars A humerous take on lobbyests and the tobacco industry
A lighthearted look at the serious subject of political spinning and PR. The story is well written and maintains interest all the way through. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie. I love it for its entertainment value, but also because of it's inherent lessons. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gabrielle E. Eggleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Light-Hearted, but Serious and Informative as Well
This comedy is based on the satirical novel by Christopher Buckley. It follows Big Tobacco's chief spokesman (Nick Naylor) who is also V.P. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars.
I love this movie!!! Everyone needs to stop worrying about what other people are doing, and need to worry about the important stuff in life, like why we Americans feel the need to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Another friend for conservatives. One of the few conservative films made by hollywood. There's a little bit of political correctnes but not much. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Newkortrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the spin machinery!
While this is quite certainly a hilarious film, it does do a great job of illustrating the dark side of communication skills -- and the moral questions that arise around the impact... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amanda
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