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When he's not publicly advocating for the tobacco industry (a seemingly daunting task), lobbyist Nick Naylor (Eckhart) hangs at a D.C. tavern booth with two fellow "merchants of death," a firearms tout (Koechner) and alcohol spokeswoman (Bello). Friendly but competitive chats of this "M.O.D. Squad" often entail how many die annually from products they espouse, the point being: the more dangerous the product, the more lofty its spokesman's mission.

Nick is fearless in his defense of Big Tobacco. On panel shows, he runs smoke rings around cancer patients, scientific studies and experts who declare that cigarettes are deadly. When tasked with increasing movie product placement to supplement his employers' new "smoking is cool" campaign, Nick takes his adoring 12-year-old son (Bright) along so he can watch daddy in action.

Eventually, Big T's front man grows a conscience, albeit not a fully developed one. He grudgingly admits to the hazards of smoking but hedges by falling back on the right of ADULTS to choose and the personal responsibility this entails. The correct message is sent when a horrified Nick instinctively knocks a lit ciggie from his boy's mouth during an impromptu press conference.

Of special note are Robert Duvall's amusing caricature of a tobacco company CEO, William H. Macy's virulently anti-smoking senator from Vermont, Rob Lowe as a kimono-clad Hollywood producer and Sam Elliott's cancer-stricken yet mercenary Marlboro Man. Snickering laughs and intelligent dialogue are plentiful in this well-paced film. It's a satire that skillfully walks a fine line, ultimately providing satisfaction to those on both sides of this hot button issue.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(7.8) Thank You For Smoking (2005)- Aaron Eckhart/Cameron Bright/Katie Holmes/William H. Macy/Katie Winslow/Robert Duvall/Rob Lowe/Adam Brody/Sam Elliott/Maria Bello/David Koechner/Joan Lunden/Dennis Miller
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on January 25, 2016
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 double talk drives home the thought of thinking for yourself to his son. This feature had several ironic scenes in it with many truths about society some would rather not know. I gave it 5 stars because I felt "Nick" hit a home run in ethics of the individual. Fun Movie.
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on March 6, 2014
A lighthearted look at the serious subject of political spinning and PR. The story is well written and maintains interest all the way through. The subtext of being morally mailable is handled well and in a believable fashion. My biggest disappointment is the liberal use of the "f-word", although most likely in a realistic manner, given the context.

Regardless of which side of the vilifying of tobacco use you are on, you should find this flick to be enjoyable.
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on January 6, 2017
Aaron Eckhart was perfectly cast. Loved it.
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on October 30, 2017
My husband
Band loves this movie so i bought for him. I watched it with him & it is a pretty good movie.
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on October 24, 2017
Rented it first. Great movie! The packaging was good and no damage was noted.
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on February 5, 2017
One of my favorite movies of all time.
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on October 15, 2017
excellent movie
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on October 24, 2017
Loved it. Laugh-out-loud funny, in a weird, offbeat way. For a change of pace, check it out!
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on April 10, 2017
Great movie, very witty performance by all of the cast. Quick-paced.
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