We don't sell Tic Tacs, we sell cigarettes. And they're cool, available, and *addictive*. The job is almost done for us.
~ Budd 'BR' Rohrabacher
Fantastic satire, which means they found a motherload of humor by exposing uncomfortable truths. Truths about spin and the people who earn their lives producing spin. Oddly, I wouldn't call it a cynical film, except in how it treats anti-smoking Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre (played by William H. Macy). But even those mocking scenes served a purpose....
And what a play of irony that the villian of this film is an anti-smoking senator and the hero a tobacco lobbyist. Brilliant. Great writing--I mean GREAT writing--wonderful cinematography (thanks Jim Whitaker).
Aaron Eckhart's delivery is perfect. He carries this film, and does so with ease.
Other than archive footage, I did not see one person smoke in this film.
Best Lines - Favorite Quotes
Nick Naylor: My point is that you have to think for yourself. If your parents told you that chocolate was dangerous would you take their word for it?
[Children say no]
Nick Naylor: Exactly! So perhaps instead of acting like sheep when it comes to cigarettes you should find out for yourself.
Nick Naylor: You know the guy who can pick up any girl? I'm him. On crack.
Jeff Megall: [Talking to Nick on the phone, late at night] Gotta go. London. It's 7 AM in the Old Empire.
Nick Naylor: When do you sleep?
Jeff Megall: [pause] Sunday.
Nick Naylor: My job requires a certain... moral flexibility.
Nick Naylor: [out loud] "I just need to pay the mortgage."
Nick Naylor: [to self] The Yuppie Nuremburg defense.
Jeff Megall: Sony has a futuristic sci-fi movie they're looking to make.
Nick Naylor: Cigarettes in space?
Jeff Megall: It's the final frontier, Nick.
Nick Naylor: But wouldn't they blow up in an all oxygen environment?
Jeff Megall: Probably. But it's an easy fix. One line of dialogue. 'Thank God we invented the... you know, whatever device.'
Nick Naylor: The message Hollywood needs to send out is 'Smoking Is Cool!'
Thank You for Smoking Cast
Aaron Eckhart - Nick Naylor
William H. Macy - Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre
Robert Duvall - Doak 'The Captain' Boykin
Katie Holmes - Heather Holloway
J.K. Simmons - Budd 'BR' Rohrabacher
Kim Dickens - Jill Naylor
Sam Elliott - Lorne Lutch
Cameron Bright - Joey Naylor
Maria Bello - Polly Bailey
David Koechner - Bobby Jay Bliss
Rob Lowe - Jeff Megall
Adam Brody - Jack
- Thank You for Smoking IBDB entry
- American Humane Society approval of Thank you for Smoking - Odd bit I found.
- Jason Reitman's rarely updated blog
|Thank You for Smoking: A Novel|
|Thank You for Smoking [DVD]|