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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 12-year old son.

Director:

Jason Reitman

Writers:

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

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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

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Nick Naylor is the Chief Spokesman for Big Tobacco. If you want an easy job, go work for the Red Cross. 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

Nick states that "Charles Manson kills people". Although a convicted murder, Manson never actually killed anyone. See more »

Goofs

During the MoD squad meeting, when Polly dips a piece of bread in her food it is a short piece of bread. She lifts it to her mouth and it is a new long slice. Next shot (seen from the side), it's short again. See more »

Quotes

Nick Naylor: [Narrating] Right there, looking into Joey's eyes, it all came back in a rush. Why I do what I do. Defending the defenseless, protecting the disenfranchised corporations that have been abandoned by their very own consumers: the logger, the sweatshop foreman, the oil driller, the land mine developer, the baby seal poacher...
Polly Bailey: Baby seal poacher?
Bobby Jay Bliss: Even *I* think that's kind of cruel.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette!
Written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams
Performed by Tex Williams and The Western Caravan
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Entertaining and Honest...
13 September 2005 | by jak_wonderSee all my reviews

Just saw this as it premiered in Toronto - awesome cast, very funny dialog, and more than skin deep. First time director does a nice job - and the opening credits are noteworthy. RECOMMENDED. Pokes fun at the smoking industry (and lobbyists), but at others as well, and its hard to disagree with the sharp satire. Rob Lowe's small role is priceless, the casting was perfect across the board. Nick Naylor's (Eckart) relationship with his son is center and keeps some genuine qualities through all the laughs. My friend and I both rated this near the top or at the top of the 7 films we saw in Toronto last weekend. Not sure what its distribution / release schedule is yet, as there was still some debate over who had actually purchased the rights to it. Eckart in person came across as very genuine and is also in another great upcoming movie - Neverwas.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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