This review is from: Thank You For Smoking [DVD]  (DVD)
Jason Reitman should be pleased as punch with his superb directorial debut about a spokesman working for the American tobacco industry. The script simply bursts with wit, rich dialogue and snappy satirical shifts and it is anchored by a fabulous performance from the excellent Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor, a disarming spin doctor who defends his amoral employers against the most damning of odds.
I hugely enjoyed this film and it is piercingly funny in places, often cutting quite close to the bone. As morally ambiguous as Naylor is, Eckhart plays him with such consummate charm that you almost find yourself cheering him on, as he campaigns for people's right to smoke (incidentally, the film has some very insightful things to say about free speech and our right to choose our paths in life that help you empathise with Naylor's cause). There are also delightful supporting roles for William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Rob Lowe and Adam Brody, though I felt Maria Bello was a little underused and Katie Holmes had a slightly one-dimensional role as a duplicitous journalist. Also, and this is a minor niggle, Reitman's direction, as polished as it was, did sometimes veer close to smugness, particularly when presenting Macy's liberalist senator in debate. But, with a script this good, the pace never slowed dramatically and, as I have to mention again, Eckhart was simply outstanding.
A fine satire on a contentious topic and, generally, a terrific film. Reitman has a bright future and I look forward to seeing more of his work.