The movie called Thank You for Smoking was on a mission to target the pro-smoking foyer with a dark gratitude of human nature.
It was after all Aaron Eckhart who lit up the screen in the directorial debut of Jason Reitman and the Toronto Film Festival preferred film, Thank You For Smoking. It was actually the first comedy in 2006 pointed at people who like to stretch their brain muscles, the film confronts taboo subjects fluctuating from Tobacco campaigning to reporting mudslinging. Eckhart puts his heart into it and delivers his finest performance since he played in Neil LaBute’s In The Company Of Men, proving that he can play the creepiest of bastards while still by some means keep his cool.
Thank You For Smoking is a film that was inspired by the much-celebrated novel written by Christopher, has a confrontational title which overlays the way for razor-sharp mockery. The story line follows a Main Spokesman, Nick Naylor who campaign on behalf of a Big Tobacco company. While advertisements and activists spread the word that cigarettes and smoking are extremely bad, his task is to proof the counter stance. Of course, he recognizes that cigarettes trigger damage to the body and can cause death, but he has the skill for winning deliberations by picking away at other people’s opinions. As he proudly tells his young son, the splendor of an argument is that if you have the knowledge to argue correctly, you’re will never be wrong.
While Eckhart’s ethics may be questionable, his aptitude for spinning things around to count in his favor would put any award-winning debate team to shame. When a Vermont senator wishes to slap poison labels on all cigarette packs, Naylor is the one to launch a PR offensive and meets with big-wig Hollywood agent, played by Rob Lowe, to give cigarettes again the place where they are believed to belong, in the films. His supremacy of disrepute raises when there is a pour in of death threats, and he sees an attractive reporter for a Washington newspaper played by Katie Holmes. Subsequently, she runs a damaging profile on him, by using snippets he stupidly offered while in nude, bargaining positions, he finally finds himself in a bind where even his fast talking won’t fix things.
Thank You For Smoking is a film that lusters with its humor and keenness to poke fun from all sides. It has something to entertain and challenge everyone, irrespective of who you voted for during the last election. The major comic respite comes when Naylor encounters with colleague campaigners for alcohol and guns the man called the MOD Squad, that stands for Death Merchants when they sit and hysterically whine about their corrupt jobs over dinner. The collaborative cast is brilliant, except for a weak performance by Katie Holmes, she is merely believable as a brutal reporter.
The film hesitates when the foreseeable climax strikes, forcing Naylor to assess his job and the negative effects it may have on his beloved son. Such moments is unavoidable in these kinds of stories, and appreciatively Reitman guides by never screening him completely converted from cretin into a type of superhero. He is always the man we love to hate, and Thank You For Smoking is likely to win over anyone with its twisted charms.
Thank You for Smoking was directed by Jason Reitman, the 2005 film is a comedy-drama and was released on DVD in 2006.