Thank You For Smoking

BB

(out of 5)


 plays a lobbyist for Big Tobacco whose savvy ability to argue cigarettes to safe passage in a health-conscious America make him a national villain. He courts an ambitious reporter () whose idea of ‘off the record’ is skewed to say the least, wins over a cancer patient on the Joan Lunden show, has lunch with colleagues who represent the gun and alcohol industries (the latter played by the heavenly but underused ), enjoying his morally irresponsible ride to the top of success until it starts to affect his impressionable son (). Jason Reitman’s feature debut film has some really clever dialogue but is weakly directed; between the shoddy plotting and Eckhart’s anemic performance, all we’re left with are some memorable characterizations but nothing more. The film tries to convince you that it is showing all sides of an intense debate, but really it’s just rallying around them in an effort to avoid taking a stand of any kind.


Room 9 Entertainment, TYFS Productions LLC, ContentFilm, Major Studio Partners

USA, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by Jason Reitman, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 2005

Independent Spirit Awards 2006.  

Toronto International Film Festival 2005

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