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Thank You for Smoking -- Based on Christopher Buckley's acclaimed 1994 novel of the same title, Thank You for Smoking is a fiercely satirical look at today's "culture of spin."
Thank You for Smoking -- 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.
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: You're not gonna like this
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: Are you familiar with the term B.S.?
Thank You for Smoking -- Clip: How do you feel about the future?


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Christopher Buckley (novel)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Lunden ... Joan Lunden
Eric Haberman ... Robin Williger

Aaron Eckhart ... Nick Naylor

Mary Jo Smith ... Sue Maclean

Todd Louiso ... Ron Goode

Jeff Witzke ... Kidnapper

J.K. Simmons ... BR

Marianne Muellerleile ... Teacher

Cameron Bright ... Joey Naylor
Alex Diaz ... Kid #1

Jordan Garrett ... Kid #2

Courtney Taylor Burness ... Kid #3 (as Courtney Burness)

Jordan Del Spina ... Kid #4 (as Jordan Orr)

Maria Bello ... Polly Bailey

David Koechner ... Bobby Jay Bliss

Kim Dickens ... Jill Naylor

Daniel Travis ... Brad

William H. Macy ... Senator Ortolan Finistirre
Katie Winslow ... Jeanette

Richard Speight Jr. ... Trainee

Eric Maldonado ... Tobacco Club Host

Robert Duvall ... Captain

Renée Graham ... Tiffany

Katie Holmes ... Heather Holloway

Adam Brody ... Jack

Timothy Dowling ... EGO Assistant

Rob Lowe ... Jeff Megall

Sam Elliott ... Lorne Lutch

Connie Ray ... Pearl

Dennis Miller ... Dennis Miller
Terry James ... Ski Mask #1

Marc Scizak ... Ski Mask #2

Rachel Thorp ... Flighty Girl

Karen Harrison ... Nurse
Aaron Lustig ... Doctor

Melora Hardin ... Interviewer

Brian Palermo ... FBI Agent (voice)

Michael Mantell ... Dr. Meisenbach
Tonyo Meléndez ... Mr. Herera (as Tonyo Melendez)

Spencer Garrett ... Senator Lothridge

Earl Billings ... Senator Dupree

Catherine Reitman ... Reporter #1

Sean Patrick Murphy ... Reporter #2

David O. Sacks ... Oil Lobbyist

Nancy O'Dell ... Nancy Humphries O'Dell (as Nancy Humphries O'Dell)

Roy Jenkins ... Debate Moderator

Howard Weitzman ... Gentleman #1

Bruce French ... Gentleman #2
Robert L. Richards ... Gentleman #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Buckley ... Man at Metro Station (uncredited)

Michael Calder ... Congressman (uncredited)
Dominick Cicco ... Workman (uncredited)

Jacques Derosena ... College Student (uncredited)
Jim R. Felton ... Tobacco Lobbyist (uncredited)
Lisa Gabriel ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Dana E. Glauberman ... Hotel Phone Operator (voice) (uncredited)

Eva La Dare ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)

Robert Malina ... Peter (uncredited)

Neil Patil ... Lab Technician (uncredited)

Aloma Wright ... Gizelle (voice) (uncredited)

James Younan ... Committee Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
Jason Reitman 
Writing credits
Jason Reitman (screenplay)

Christopher Buckley (novel)

Produced by
Eveleen Bandy .... associate producer (as Eveleen Anne Bandy)
Stephen Belafonte .... associate producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
David J. Bloomfield .... co-executive producer
Daniel Brunt .... co-producer
Alessandro Camon .... executive producer
Daniel Dubiecki .... co-producer
Max Levchin .... executive producer
Mindy Marin .... co-producer
Elon Musk .... executive producer
Michael R. Newman .... co-producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
David O. Sacks .... producer
John Schmidt .... executive producer
Peter Andreas Thiel .... executive producer (as Peter Thiel)
Mark Woolway .... executive producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
Jim Whitaker (director of photography) (as James Whitaker)
Film Editing by
Dana E. Glauberman 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Steve Saklad 
Set Decoration by
Kurt Meisenbach 
Costume Design by
Danny Glicker 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C.
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup artist: Mr. Eckhart
John E. Jackson .... makeup department head
Marsha Lewis .... department head hair stylist
Maxine Morris .... key hair stylist
Robin L. Neal .... makeup artist: Mr. Duvall (as Robin Luce)
Production Management
Michael Beugg .... unit production manager
Bob Dohrmann .... production supervisor
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Bhalla .... second assistant director
Jason Blumenfeld .... first assistant director (as Jason A. Blumenfeld)
Scott David Brown .... second second assistant director (as Scott Brown)
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second second assistant director: Washington DC
Xanthus Valan .... second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Art Department
Terry Atchison .... assistant property master
Phil Brandes .... paint foreman
Mark Brooks .... on-set dresser
Carl Catanese .... lead man
Michael Crowe .... construction coordinator
Oliver Doering .... assistant property master
Casey B. Garrett .... propmaker
Theresa Greene .... art department coordinator
Paul Arthur Hartman .... leadman
Eric Hunsaker .... property master
Cindy Ingraham .... assistant property master
Eddie Lin .... storyboard artist
Greg O'Donohue .... set dresser
Steven Samanen .... assistant art director
Neal W. Zoromski .... property master
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound recordist
Josh Bower .... boom operator
Brad Bryan .... cable utility
Barney Cabral .... supervising adr editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
Melissa Hofman .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
J. Stanley Johnston .... sound re-recording mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... co-supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Robert Sharman .... utility sound
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Virgil Sanchez .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects producer
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Heather Ignarro .... visual effects coordinator
Natasha Leonnet .... digital color timer (as Natasha Leonett)
Jack Lewars .... digital film colorist
Robert Lukacs .... compositor
Robert Malina .... visual effects editor
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Edward Quirk .... senior 3D artist
Tommy Tran .... compositor
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
Terry James .... stunt coordinator
Rick Kain .... stunt driver
Marc Scizak .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Peter Albert .... digital video assist operator
Tony Ayala .... grip
Michael Baird .... key digital video assist operator
Gary C. Beaird .... grip
Patrick Brennan .... electrician
Donald Burghardt .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Dean Citroni .... key grip: second unit
Tim Clarke .... camera loader
Andy Colvin .... Steadicam operator: Washington DC
Ralph Coon .... electrician
Mike Delnero .... grip
Andy DePung .... film loader
Justin Fisher .... dolly grip (as Justin Deck)
Brett F. Gates .... second assistant camera
Tim Gillis .... electrician
Joe Guzman .... grip
Phil Hardt .... electrician
Maurice Jordan .... gaffer: re-shoot
Tom Lamont .... grip
Patrick Lennon .... gaffer
Tommy Lohmann .... a camera/steadicam operator
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator
Rudy Martinez .... electrician
Tony Martinez .... electrician
Charlie Newberry .... additional second assistant camera
Daniel Nichols .... camera operator
David Presley .... camera operator: video camera
Alex Reilly .... grip
Quinton Reilly .... best boy grip
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Blake Santoro .... grip
Lee Shapira .... grip: Washington D.C.
Conrad Sigurdson .... best boy electric
Shawn Stoddard .... dolly grip
Rick Strodel .... best boy grip: DC unit
Vladimir Tmayo .... electrician
Wayland Twiston-Davies .... video engineer
Nicole Hirsch Whitaker .... director of photography: second unit, Los Angeles (as Nicole Hirsch-Whitaker)
Casting Department
Kara Lipson .... casting associate
Laura Drake Mancini .... extras casting assistant
Betsy Royall .... local casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Los Angeles (as Tammy Smith)
Ember Truesdell .... casting associate
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Glick .... wardrobe supervisor
Laura E. Little .... key set costumer (as Laura Liz Little)
Marta Villalobos .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Yanosh Cuglove .... editorial intern
Esther Lee .... assistant digital intermediate producer
Jack Lewars .... digital colorist: Efilm
Robert Malina .... first assistant editor
Stephen M. Rickert Jr. .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Lorene Simpson .... digital intermediate producer
Lisa Tutunjian .... digital intermediate editor
Location Management
Michael Chickey .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
John Latenser V .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Christopher Miller .... location manager: Los Angeles
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location production assistant
Jonathan Reich .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C.
Errol Reichow .... location scout: Los Angeles
Rony Shino .... assistant location manager: Los Angeles
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Stephen Coleman .... music programmer
Trevor Gilchrist .... music programmer: score
Alison Litton .... music coordinator
Mateo Messina .... composer: additional music (as Matt Messina)
Curt Sobel .... music editor: temp music
Nick South .... music editor
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer
Alice Wood .... assistant music editor
Margaret Yen .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mike Belt .... driver (as Michael R. Belt)
Alex E. Burns .... driver
Neil Chisholm .... driver: honeywagon
Jon Cosham .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Nathan Hardcastle .... transportation clerk
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Janovici .... transportation co-captain
Lee Jennings .... driver
Jerry Knight .... driver
Rogelio Loera .... driver
Josh Sarfaty .... personal driver: Mr. Eckhart
William Smallwood .... driver: production van
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... production legal
Nino Aldi .... production assistant
Mike Artino .... set medic
Debbie Axel .... production legal
Gavin J. Behrman .... production accountant
Paul Bock .... assistant to cast
Paul Bock .... production assistant
Paul Bock .... production coordinator: re-shoot
Jen Buonantony .... production assistant
Jennifer Lynn Buonantony .... production assistant
Nicholas Carpenter .... additional set production assistant
Tara Chang .... assistant production coordinator
Tara L. Craig .... assistant production office coordinator
Patrick Cunningham .... key set production assistant
Joe Dornich .... set production assistant
Michelle Ebert .... medical advisor
David Falicki .... set medic
Lisa Fozzati .... assistant production coordinator: Washington, DC (as Lisa Hagenmeyer)
Damiano Fusca .... craft service
Christopher Geair .... office production assistant: Washington, D.C. unit
Francis Hadinoto .... production assistant
Mike Hazlitt .... production consultant
Steven Hora .... assistant: Ed Pressman and Alessandro Camon
Jeff Johnson .... medic
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Dashiel Kulander .... production assistant
Jenny Lee .... title designer: main titles
Jonathan Leeder .... assistant to producer
Alyssa Loveall .... office production assistant (as Alyssa Houze)
Nathan Maruccio .... craft service
Phillip Montgomery .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Trey Murphy .... production assistant
Valarie Payne .... assistant: Mr. Eckhart
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... assistant production coordinator
Sarah Ramey .... assistant: Edward R. Pressman
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal
Genaro Rodriguez .... caterer
Carlos Rodríguez .... chef
Ari Sachter-Zeltzer .... title designer: main titles
Traceigh Scottel .... production coordinator
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor
Gareth Smith .... title designer: main titles
Amy Smolev .... first assistant accountant
Eric J. Spiegelman .... production counsel
Marc E. Spivey .... insurance broker
Julie Stevens .... studio teacher
Shawn Tanaka .... assistant: William H. Macy
William Thompson .... personal fitness trainer
Joel Tokarsky .... payroll accountant
Francisco Trujillo .... chef
John Trujillo .... layout board
Drew Vandervelde .... production associate
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Jeffrey Wank .... assistant: Mr. Sacks
Bob Weber .... post-production accountant
Adam Zadikoff .... assistant: Mr. Sacks, post-production
Matt Crabtree .... adr voice (uncredited)
Adam Kahn .... production assistant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Corey Trent Ackerman .... special thanks
Jagene Funk .... special thanks
Melissa Havard .... special thanks
Chad Hurley .... special thanks
Todd Molz .... special thanks
Peter Uhlmann .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Thank You Smoking" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language and some sexual content
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

17 minutes into the film, an ad saying "More doctors smoke Alpacas than any other cigarette" can be seen. This is a spoof on Camel cigarettes, which used that slogan on paper and on old time radio advertisements.See more »
Errors in geography: When Heather watches Nick on TV, out the window is a sky-scraper. No such structures exist in Washington, DC, because of building height restrictions. Director Jason Reitman points this out in the commentary.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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80 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
A Nicotine Kick in satire and sarcasm, 19 September 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

EDITED to omit reported 'spoilers'. And by spoilers I don't mean the "Bruce Willis is dead" type, but "Bruce Willis is bald" types. *sigh*

Some jobs are harder than others but Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), tobacco industry spokesman, handles his with effortless skill. Along with two other spokespeople for the alcohol- and firearms industry respectively, he is part of the self-appointed M.O.D. squad ("Merchants of Death") whose main objective is to talk. To BS. To spin. To confuse and convince their opponent, and charm their audience. A job of such nature naturally requires a certain moral flexibility, and with smooth-talk and sex appeal, it is apparent that Nick is incredibly gifted in this area.

He goes on TV-shows, verbally battles U.S. senators, deems the Cancer Research Foundation "arseholes" – all the while trying to set an example for his 10-year-old son. This is naturally very difficult, doing what he does. So as Big Tobacco (for whom he is a lobbyist) launches a campaign to reinstate the "cool smoking" image into mainstream Hollywood, and sends Nick to work a producer for the proper product-placement, Nick decides to bring his son along for the ride, to see "how daddy works" in hopes to bond with him.

Good satires are hard to come by, but Reitman's "Thank You For Smoking" is so wet with sarcasm and dripping with humour that it is impossible not to enjoy. It navigates the fast-paced industry, the art of talking and spoofs the anti-smoking camp with their chiché "cancer-sick boy in a wheelchair" front (as seen in the opening scene of the film), and it explores the moral flexibility of Americans, without preaching too much in doing so. Only once does it fall prey to predictable moral messages, as when Nick starts reevaluating his work and has moral qualms following his kidnapping by an anti-smoking group, only to swoop down into tongue-and-cheek mode again and return twice as biting – and twice as funny.

Although the film is evenly peppered with fun one-liners and perfect delivery from its cast, the best scene is when the M.O.D. squad are at their usual restaurant hang-out at the end of the day and brag to each other and argue over whose business kills the most people per year. Nick: "How many alcohol-related deaths per day? 100,000? That's what... 270 a day? Wow. 270 people, tragedy. Excuse me if I don't exactly see terrorists getting excited about kidnapping anyone from the alcohol-industry." Maria Bello who plays the detached, funny Moderate Spokeswoman for alcohol has great in-your-face aptitude and attitude, "That's stupid arguing." Aaron Eckhart is also hilarious throughout in a shady businessman way (I now have a major crush on him). Out of all the cast, only Nick's little kid Joe chokes on the well-written lines.

In fact, even the cinematography is well-crafted in the film... just the way a scene cuts to another deserves credit, opening with a rapid-fire ironic note. Speaking of which, "Thank You"'s opening montage of cigarette packages as credits is a stroke of genius on Reitman's part. So are the various casting choices – the amount of respected actors that have been crammed into supporting roles in impressive (Robert Duvall, Sam Elliot, William H. Macy) and give rise to an almost familiar and "feel-good" tone in the film.

That said, I wouldn't call this "laugh-out-loud worthy" exactly and I didn't care for the ending but it is clear that a lot of thought has been put into Thank You For Smoking – every line is a well-articulated kick up the arse to something and delivered by the bucket-load. A very enjoyable little satire.

8 out of 10

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