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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Lunden
Eric Haberman ...
Sue Maclean
Ron Goode
Alex Diaz ...
Kid #1
Kid #2
Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)
Kid #4 (as Jordan Orr)


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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If we can reach just one child, it was worth it See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gracias por fumar  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$35,206 (Chile) (29 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Polly Bailey, is introduced on the cover of "Daily Drinker" as "Mother Burgandy," a common misspelling of "burgundy". See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, printed under "A Jason Reitman Film" is "Established 1977", the year of Jason Reitman's birth. See more »


References Battle Royale (2000) See more »


Stuttering Todd
Written by Danny Seim
Performed by Danny Seim of Menomena
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User Reviews

Very funny edu-tainment that doesn't take sides
17 March 2006 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a screening in DC last night. It was great. Aaron Eckhart, the single leading man with the WORST haircut in Hollywood (full disclosure - I'm damn near bald) matches very well with the direction of Reitman. From the get-go, it's a fast-paced send-up of everyone and everything in the tobacco war. The entire cast does a good job (w/ the exception, maybe, of Katie Holmes). Rob Lowe is hysterical in his cameo, but I have to say Eckhart & his MOD squad buddies (Maria Bello & David Koechner) really light up the screen. Their scenes of discussing the dealing out of death through the industries they represent over drinks are a real strong point of the movie.

The fact that this movie doesn't take sides - and really, could be about any issue, because it's more about the MAN behind the spokesperson - but makes fun of all sides in the tobacco issue. The interaction b/w Nick Naylor (Eckhart) & the old Marlboro Man (Sam Elliot) is priceless, as is the back-and-forth between Naylor & Senator Ortolan Finistirre (William H. Macy) towards the end of the film -it's basically good actors doing what they do well - and it's very funny.

The movie's also a little bit touchy-feely, focusing for a bit on the relationship b/w Naylor & his son, Joey (Cameron Bright) - the kid's good & some of the lines written for him are priceless.

There was one odd, stupid thing - and my wife agrees w/ me on this, so I'm not just being a guy; there are 2 'sex' scenes w/ Eckhart & Katie Holmes, but zero nudity. Nada. Not even partial. We see them having sex in multiple places & positions, but they're almost completely clothed. It just took away from the credibility is all I'm trying to point out here - as I said, my wife actually made the comment before I did.

Bottom line, it's a great movie - well worth the price of admission. It's funny, it's entertaining & it moves, what more could you ask for?

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