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Thank You for Smoking (2006)



Critic Consensus: Loaded with delightfully unscrupulous characters and and a witty, cynical script, Thank You For Smoking is a sharp satire with a brilliantly smarmy lead performance from Aaron Eckhart.

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Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily. Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but the increased scrutiny of his son and a very real death threat may force him to think differently.

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Aaron Eckhart
as Nick Naylor
Maria Bello
as Polly Bailey
Katie Holmes
as Heather Holloway
Mary Jo Smith
as Sue Maclean
Sam Elliott
as Lorne Lutch
Rob Lowe
as Jeff Megall
William H. Macy
as Senator Ortolan Finistirre
Robert Duvall
as Doak `The Captain' Boykin
Kim Dickens
as Jill Naylor
Todd Louiso
as Ron Goode
Joan Lunden
as Herself
Eric Haberman
as Robin Williger
Cameron Bright
as Joey Naylor
David Koechner
as Bobby Jay Bliss
J.K. Simmons
as Budd `BR' Rohrabacher
Jeff Witzke
as Kidnapper
Alex Diaz
as Kid No. 1
Rachel Thorp
as Christine
Jordan Garrett
as Kid No. 2
Jordan Orr
as Kid No. 4
Katie Winslow
as Jeanette Dantine
Eric Maldonado
as Tobacco Club Host
Renee Graham
as Tiffany
Timothy Dowling
as EGO Assistant
Melora Hardin
as Interviewer
Terry James
as Ski Mask No. 1
Marc Scizak
as Ski Mask No. 2
Michael Mantell
as Dr. Meisenbach
Tonyo Melendez
as Mr. Herera
Spencer Garrett
as Senator Lothridge
Earl Billings
as Senator Dupree
Nancy O'Dell
as Herself
Roy Jenkins
as Debate Moderator
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Critic Reviews for Thank You for Smoking

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (52)

The picture is obviously a satire, but it has no sharpness, no sense of daring.

October 7, 2006

There's enough bite in the dialogue and performances to provoke a hacking cough of approval, and the laugh-out-loud moments are many, not least in scenes featuring Rob Lowe's unctuous Hollywood agent.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Aiming at all targets and hitting none of them, the movie is as harmless and inconsequential as a candy cigarette.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Structural scrappiness aside, it remains a laudably amoral and superbly caustic comedy for those who like their satire strong and unfiltered.

June 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As a clear-eyed dissection of the dirty business of public relations, where "if you argue correctly, you're never wrong", it is pretty much peerless.

May 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long.

May 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for Thank You for Smoking


With a solid performance from Aaron Eckhart and offering us a deliciously clever commentary on rhetoric, Reitman's debut is an enjoyable satire - even though it must have looked real nice on paper but doesn't really work that well on the screen (especially its sense of humor).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Nick Naylor is possibly the most hated man in America; his job is basically to peddle poison to children. But it pays the mortgage...This extremely clever and insightful satire of today's climate of political spin is incredibly sharply written and has lots of laugh out loud moments as it deconstructs the methods used by PR men in the 21st century; even the "good guys" do not emerge unscathed as they are shown to use exactly the same tactics (see the hilarious scene when William H. Macy bemoans the quality of his TV "cancer kid"!). It may not have the flash and bangs of Lord Of War, but it has far more depth; in fact it reminded me more of an updated version of American Psycho. Instead of the hands on greed of the 80s satirised in that film, it shows how the immoral earn their corporate cash through hypocrisy and double talk these days rather than getting their "hands dirty". I couldn't help feeling that Jason Reitman got more carried away with making a political point and smart dialogue than dramatic momentum and so the plot lacked focus, but the cast are all superb and it contains witty and stylish visual and voice over cues in a similar vein to Fight Club and a great soundtrack. Very funny, very clever.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Cleaver Thats the best way to describe this movie and the way Aaron Eckhart acts throughout the whole movie. Enjoy!

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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