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Movie Review: Thank You for Smoking

Monday, April 10, 2006
This weekend I saw the fine film Thank You for Smoking with some friends. What a truly fantastic film!

The movie focuses on a character named Nick Naylor (played by the under-rated Aaron Eckhart) who is a lobbyist and spokesman for "Big Tobacco". We watch as he takes on the morally questionable job of persuading people to smoke while he mentors his son in the art of arguing - all while trying to be a good role model. That's the real theme of the movie, I think - showing how powerful persuasion can be and in what forms it appears.

The movie is replete with irony and full of good laughs at the absurdity of some of the situations we see. None of what happens is unbelievable - which makes it all the better. I personally like the interaction between Nick and his son Joey, which I think comes across as a good father-son dynamic. The characters in the movie are - for the most part - as multi-dimensional as supporting characters can be. Most are bizarre, but the important ones are shown as thinking, feeling beings. All in all, it's just one of the best movies I've seen recently.

Final word on Thank You for Smoking: See it, love it, see it again.


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Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

Good review ... Am going to see this one today and really looking forward to it

4:48 AM, April 15, 2006  

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