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Thank You for Smoking (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 April 2006 (USA)
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Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

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Joan Lunden
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Sue Maclean
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Ron Goode
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Kidnapper
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BR
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Teacher
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Alex Diaz ...
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The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where there's smoke, there's Nick Naylor See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$262,923 (USA) (17 March 2006)

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$35,206 (Chile) (29 September 2006)
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A few characters have alliterative names: Nick Naylor, Heather Holloway, Bobby Jay Bliss, and Lorne Lutch (aka Marlboro Man). This is similar to the naming customs for certain comic book heroes, particularly the Marvel gang (Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, etc.), which is a noteworthy coincidence because many of this movie's actors have been in comic book based movies or TV shows (including cartoon voices): Katie Holmes in Batman Begins (2005), Aaron Eckhart in that movie's sequel The Dark Knight (2008), J.K. Simmons in three Spider-Man movies, Maria Bello in A History of Violence (2005), William H. Macy in Mystery Men (1999) and Superman: Where There's Smoke (1998) (which as a further coincidence, has a title similar to this movie), Sam Elliott in Hulk (2003) and Ghost Rider (2007), Cameron Bright in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Melora Hardin in The Rocketeer (1991), Todd Louiso in Iron Man: Iron Man, on the Inside (1995), Marianne Muellerleile in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The People vs. Lois Lane (1996), and in Kim Dickens in Fear the Walking Dead (2015). In addition, Marc Scizak (one of the ski masked men) has performed stunts in several such productions. See more »

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When Nick is talking to BR, the latter suddenly gains glasses between camera angles. See more »

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[first lines]
Joan Lunden: Robin Williger. He is a 15 year old freshman from Racine, Wisconsin. He enjoys studying history; he's on the debate team. Robin's future looked very, very bright. But recently he was diagnosed with cancer, a very tough kind of cancer. Robin tells me he has quit smoking, though, and he no longer thinks that cigarettes are "cool."
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The opening credits are styled to appear as cigarette boxes. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.192 (2011) See more »

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Stuttering Todd
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Performed by Danny Seim of Menomena
Courtesy of Bridgetown Breaks Co.
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Very Good
27 March 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Very smart, funny and interesting movie. I seldom say that about any movie. The story of a lobbyist for the tobacco industry who's job is to put a spin on cigarettes, improve their image, make them cool again, and prevent one senator from getting legislature to mandate that cigarette companies place a large graphic skull and cross bones on each pack sold.

Nick Naylors character is brilliant. While he was "selling" the public on his ideas and views and convincing them, his own son, and everyone else that he is correct he actually sold me too with his good looks, charm, and logic.

Everyone knows that smoking causes cancer and anyone who attempts to sell or promote it won't garner any sympathy for lagging sales. That's where the spin doctor Nick comes in to teach everyone that smoking is cool.

Excellent movie.


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