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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.

Director:

Jason Reitman

Writers:

Jason Reitman (screenplay), Christopher Buckley (novel)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Lunden ... Joan Lunden
Eric Haberman 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 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
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Storyline

The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins arguments 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-title the M.O.D. 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 of a skull and crossbones on 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor is trying to SAVE YOUR ASH! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

J.K. Simmons accepted the part of BR with the knowledge that Robert Duvall had been cast in the film as the Captain, wanting to work with him. However Simmons did not realize their one scene "together" actually consisted of the Captain appearing via video conferencing, and Duvall was neither on-set or broadcast live. See more »

Goofs

Heather's eyes are brown throughout the movie, but when Billy first describes her to Nick he says she has blue eyes. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Jay Bliss: [in a restaurant] Did you know that you can fool the breathalizer test by chewing on activated charcoal tablets?
Polly Bailey: Well, maybe we should change our slogan to "If you must drink and drive, suck charcoal."
Nick Naylor: Won't the police ask about the charcoal in your mouth?
Bobby Jay Bliss: There's not a law against charcoal.
Polly BaileyNick Naylor: Yet.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are styled to appear as cigarette boxes. See more »

Connections

Features Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Beat or Not Two Beat
Composed and Performed by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
Courtesy of Palisades Music Productions
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Coughing And Laughing In Another Planet
13 April 2006 | by filmquestintSee all my reviews

Ivan Reitman must be so proud. I'm not kidding, his son Jason has come out with a caustic original comedy all his own. I don't know what people outside Los Angeles may make of this. They may think is science fiction when, in fact, most people who have spent any time there knows that this is as normal as going to church in the Vatican. The scenes inside the CAA like agency are even underplayed if you believe that. Aaron Eckhart is as perfect as they come. The charming monster with human sides. William H Macy, Rob Lowe and the rest of the cast are great fun to watch. I'm rooting for this movie to make a zillion bucks. It'll be nice to have more good writing, good acting and good direction in March for a change.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You for Smoking See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$262,923, 19 March 2006

Gross USA:

$24,793,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,323,027
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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