Thank You for Smoking (2006)
IMDb Rating 8.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Aaron Eckhart Nick Naylor
Maria Bello Polly Bailey
Cameron Bright Joey Naylor
Adam Brody Jack
Sam Elliott Lorne Lutch
Katie Holmes Heather Holloway
David Koechner Bobby Jay Bliss
Rob Lowe Jeff Megall
William H. Macy Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre
J.K. Simmons Budd "BR" Rohrabacher
Robert Duvall
As the saying goes, Aaron Eckhart was born to play Nick Naylor, the 30-something "voice of Big Tobacco" in this brazen satire of corporate profits and what lobbyists will do to protect them. Right from the opening, Eckhart is in spin mode, turning the tables on a popular talk show when he states health officials want a young teen stricken by cancer to die more than big tobacco does, since the boy would be a martyr to them, but only a single lost customer to the industry. Audiences gasp, panelists guffaw, and the kid happily shakes Nick's hand. The Academy of Tobacco Studies has a colorful array of folks surrounding Nick, including his cantankerous boss (J.K. Simmons) and the Colonel (Robert Duvall), tobacco's undisputed leader. His closet friends are lobbyists for guns (David Koechner) and alcohol (Maria Bello) who discuss their odd businesses over regular lunches, but when a cutie-pie reporter (Katie Holmes) swings into Nick's life, things begin to unravel. Based on Christopher Buckley's even more outlandish novel, Thank You for Smoking is a bright light for the filmgoer tired of gutless films formulated by committee, and first-time filmmaker Jason Reitman has expertly cast the film, which includes deft turns by William H. Macy and Sam Elliot. Nick's son, a throwaway in the novel, becomes a major influence here in Nick's development and a key student of Naylorisms such as, "If you argue correctly, then you're never wrong," though a father and son trip to Hollywood to visit an uber agent (Rob Lowe at his most suave) demonstrates how the inclusion of the son both helps and hurts the film. Book fans will miss the wicked plot turn, but the final result is a sharp and smart comedy deserving of a long, savory drag. --Doug Thomas
Movie Details
Genre Comedy
Director Jason Reitman
Producer Eveleen Bandy; Stephen Belafonte; David O. Sacks
Writer Jason Reitman; Christopher Buckley
Studio 20th Century Fox
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 91 mins
Movie Release Date 4/14/2006
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 800
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/4/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 024543255048
Release Date 10/3/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
· Director and Cast Commentary
· Deleted Scenes
· The Charlie Rose Show Interview with Jason Reitman, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley and David O. Sacks
· Making-Of Featurette
· American: Living In Spin Featurette
· And More!
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