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Thank You For Smoking [DVD] [2005]


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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0WKS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,087 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Satire based on the big tobacco industry and their constant struggle to remain in business despite the overwhelming evidence that they are killing people. A lobbyist and promo man for the big tobacco business (Aaron Eckhart) tries to promote smoking in any way imaginable - from product placement to sitting in on chat shows giving anti-spin to promote the dreaded coffin nails. His heightened public profile draws the attention of a reporter (Katie Holmes) and, when his life is threatened and his son starts asking more informed questions about what his dad does, he's forced to reconsider his moral stance.

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As one of the funniest films released in 2006, Thank You for Smoking works precisely because it shouldn’t. Its protagonist is Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), a smooth-talking spokesman for the American tobacco industry, and therefore one of the 21st Century’s most demonised men. From his gelled hair to his perfect teeth, he’s all slick and smarmy charm, though crucially, it’s his self-awareness that keeps him from degenerating into a completely amoral character. Naylor genuinely loves his teenaged son, Joey (Cameron Bright), and he’s determined to be a good role model. However, that’s not such an easy feat when the press and a US Senator are baying for your blood, and your own best friends are the self-styled M.O.D. (Merchants of Death) Squad (one is a gun lobbyist, the other does the same for alcohol).

Thank You for Smoking is a satire, but director / screenwriter Jason Reitman is clever enough to play it straight. And the supporting cast are, as a whole, superb, from William H Macy’s liberal, headline-grabbing Senator to Katie Holmes’s two-faced journalist. But it’s Eckhart’s performance as the charismatic Nick Naylor that is so convincing. By the end of the film, he manages to build sympathy not just for himself, but for the American tobacco industry--and that’s no mean feat for Hollywood, particularly as non-smoking laws mean that, throughout the entirety of Thank You for Smoking, nobody is seen smoking a cigarette. --Ted Kord

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By shansu69 on 19 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
This movie the debut of Jason Reitman son of Ivan is a clever,witty satire on the spin machine which is an everyday occurance in this media driven world.Aaron Eckhart plays a slick tobacco lobbyist who basically defends the indefensible on talk shows and tries to get his product into movies etc.

His two friends who also are lobbyists for the alcohol and firearms industries and call themselves the MOD squad MOD standing for Merchants Of Death (the argument in the bar about whose product kills the most is one of the highlights of the movie by the way).

Anyhoo the cast is uniformely excellent,Eckhart,Katie Holmes Bob Duvall and the ever watchable J.K Simmons along with William H Macy as a senator who wants to put skull and crossbones poison labels on cigarette packets and whose come uppance again is fantastic .

Watch this movie if you like smart intelligent well made movies which make you think.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Adapted from a 1994 novel "Thank You For Smoking" which in a rare instance of common sense the studio haven't changed( Incidentally why do they adapt novels into films and then change the title?) this movie like that novel is a satire that actually possesses a cutting edge. In fact it's so sharp it should qualify under the dangerous weapons act.

The film is essentially about how if someone doctors the truths, or more pertinently lies so well that he/she begins to believe the lies, that they convince other people that their version of the truth is the truth even though it's fundamentally a lie and maybe that the other guy is not only wrong but is the one telling the lies even though he/she is probably telling the truth. It's called spin doctoring and the fact that the source novel was written just before the coming to power of the Labour Government, spin doctors so fiendish they make Shane Warne look like Ashley Giles, is so prescient it's downright spooky. The film of course is set amongst the tobacco lobbyists of America and is brought forward to the present day but otherwise director Jason Reitman has pretty much left the source novel unaltered.

Set in Washington the movie sees Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor( Aaron Eckhart) who is the spokesman for the grandly titled "Academy of Tobacco Studies "and whose job it is to counter all the health organisations , particaully "The American Lung Association " with counters-studies, double speak and gross perversions of the truth so people keep buying the cancer sticks.

Nick is very good at this and has no compunction about the fact that he targets teenagers as customers because "Get em young and you got em for life".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jardine on 19 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
This is a genuinely funny and clever film, without ever being self important. Everyone in this film is excellent and plays thier part understatedly, I even liked Katie Holmes performance and that's not something you'll hear me say often.

A clever film about the tobacco industry, and made me wonder, as a non-smoker, whether I'm missing out on something!

I will definitely be buying this film as it certainly deserves repeat veiwings, if only to catch the bits I missed while I was laughing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
This wonderful line of dialogue is the rationale for a glorious satire, even the title sequence with its great sequence of pseudo cigarette pack designs is part of the fun.

Aaron Eckhart turns in a career best performance as Nick Naylor the smooth talking fast thinking lobbyist for the tobacco industry. Nick is one of a trio of lobbyists calling themselves "The Merchants of Death" promoting alcohol and firearms, tobacco holding pride of place as the largest killer.

Considering this is a satire Naylor is a brilliant fully rounded character, we see all sides of his personality especially his love and parenting skills with his son Joey (Cameron Bright).

Even more remarkable this appears to be Director Jason Reitman's first feature film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wolf on 14 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
Thank You for Smoking is, in fact, a darn good satire - one of the best I've seen since "Election". Aaron Eckhart holds the picture together with a witty, charismatic performance as a tobacco lobbyist. The film is basically about his profession as he spins the news, pitches a movie idea, dodges a subpoena, has an affair with a reporter (Katie Holmes), tries to spend time with his son (Cameron Bright), and has lunch with an alcohol lobbyist (Maria Bello) and a firearms rep (David Koechner) - where they literally compare body counts. The performances are excellent across the board, from William H. Macy's crusading Senator to Rob Lowe's smirking Hollywood agent who struts around his office in a kimono. Even Adam Brody is enjoyable as Lowe's hyperactive assistant whose in-joke with a co-worker earned one of the biggest laughs of the movie.

The majority of the credit, however, needs to go to first-time feature director Jason (son of Ivan) Reitman. Adapting from Christopher Buckley's novel, Reitman has fashioned an enormously clever script, consistent and strong in character, yet not forgetting to be incredibly funny. The style is also perfect - brisk, light-hearted, with impeccable timing marred only by a tangental subplot including Sam Elliott that is, sadly, not very funny. Overall, however, the pace is fast enough where the laughs keep coming.

Reitman also does the unthinkable: he keeps the satire dark and funny to the very end. While most comedies stray blindly into the sentimental, "Thank You" avoids unnecessary emotional tripe and - thankfully - avoids sermonizing about the dangers of smoking or of the flaws of the political process. Eckhart's flawless performance and Reitman's wonderful screenplay anchor an uncommonly perceptive comedy, provided you take yours black.
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