8:00 PM, 24th October, 2006
A satirical look at tobacco giants and their spokespeople, based on a novel by Christopher Buckley. Nick Naylor (Eckhart) is a career lobbyist, divorcee, part of The MOD squad', and loving father. The other two MOD (Merchants of Death) Squaders, firearm lobbyist Bobby Jay Bliss and alcohol lobbyist Polly Bailey, form the main part of Naylor's social scene.Naylor is so good at his job that he manages to successfully defend the tobacco industry, much to his ex-wife's dismay. Struggling to gain the respect of his son, Naylor involves him in his work, taking him to visit Los Angeles where Naylor is trying to get more cigarettes into Hollywood movies. Thank You For Smoking follows his struggle to gain acceptance and respect from his son, and it is this struggle and Naylor's character development that provide the meat of the film.The film's efficient dialogue can be attributed to writer/director Jason Reitman's skill. A very un-PC look at the tobacco industry, and lobbying in general, that ends up very entertaining. Ignoring the ho-hum ending, this movie should be pleasant to watch and easily enjoyable.