Tuesday 18th January 2022

Thank You For Smoking (15)
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Aaron Eckhart (Any Given Sunday, Erin Brockovich) is Nick Naylor, a smooth-talking, chisel-jawed chap who is the vice-president and chief spokesman of a pro-tobacco lobby. He spends his days addressing the public and the media in an attempt to defend tobacco, get more people to smoke and influence the government to make favourable decisions. And he's very good at his job.

Smooth-talking Nick convinces "Cancer Boy" that Big Tobacco is OK
Smooth-talking Nick convinces "Cancer Boy" that Big Tobacco is OK

So good, in fact, that his pro-smoking speeches and arguments are one of the many fabulously entertaining things to look out for in this satirical comedy. The humour in this film is frequent and intelligent and worth the entry fee alone.

Director Jason Reitman (son of Ivan Reitman of Ghostbusters fame) has assembled an outstanding cast including Robert Duvall, Rob Lowe, William H Macy, Katie Holmes, Maria Bello, JK Simmons and Adam Brody. And that weedy guy with specs from High Fidelity. You know, the one who always plays a weedy guy with specs? I think he was in Jerry Maguire too.

Aside from the cast though, this film has plenty of other good qualities. It is very funny, engaging, interesting, stimulating and just the right length. Much of the story of the film revolves around Naylor's attempt to involve his son in his lifestyle – justifying his rather despicable job, whilst still remaining a solid role-model for the boy. But while the content hints at a certain moral dilemma attached to promoting smoking, it never tackles the issue head on or asserts any opinions on the subject. And I think it's a more enjoyable film for it, especially as I'm sure the audience is more than capable of considering the issues for themselves.

All in all, it's an extremely entertaining film that asserts itself as head and shoulders above most of the films released this year simply by not having any flaws. It's a shame we can't say that about more films.

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Length: 92 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 16th June 2006

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