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Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking

2006
Comedy, Drama
1h 32m
Thank You for Smoking is a fiercely satirical look at today's "culture of spin." The hero of the film is Nick Naylor (Eckhart), chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. (Fox Searchlight)
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Thank You for Smoking

2006
Comedy, Drama
1h 32m
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Rated 16 Dec 2006
85
83rd
This movie is positively hilarious. One of the best if not the best satires I have ever seen in my life. Aaron Eackhart is fantastic and Rob Lowe is brilliant! In fact everyone in this movie is great. Sadly it drags ever so slightly during the final 20 minutes or so.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
75
63rd
The smart screenplay is the element that elevates this film from a normal satire. Eckhart carries the movie and does a fine job, with scene-stealing perfromances by Bello and Elliot in the best parts of the movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
45th
Pretty funny, although rarely uproarious. Aaron Eckhart elevates everything he touches, but conversely Katie Holmes diminishes everything she touches. Fortunately, she's not in that many scenes. I felt like the film was a bit smug about its moral ambivalence, but I suppose that's better than preachiness.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
71
57th
Amusing, but rather self-satisfied. Reitman seems to think he is being ever so subtle as he trojans his message within a vessel of faux cynicism. He's not. In some ways though that doesn't matter, as Eckhart truly carries this film with his brilliant performance. So, watch it for Eckhart, and ignore the buzzing distraction of everything around him.
Rated 07 Aug 2007
3
45th
An intelligent movie driven by an extremely sharp script. Aaron Eckhart is a natural for the role.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
62nd
I expected so much more political commentary, and less father-son love. Disappointing in that respect. Funny though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
69th
I must have missed the part of the movie where they say smoking is bad. As I walked out of the theater I lit one up in appreciation.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
A strong first directorial effort from Jason Reitman. Aaron Eckhart is great, the use of jet black comedy is entertaining, and only the end falters a little.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
80
80th
It is a quite interesting movie. Fun, it shows the question of the industry of the tobacco of form to alert for the risks of smoking.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
86
87th
Hilarious, if not a bit short. Well, actually, its running time is average, but oh how I wish it was longer. The supporting cast is magnificent, but they are essentially each given one scene to steal and then we move on to the next character. Some of them, like Rob Lowe, deserve more. But it's not their movie, it's Aaron Eckhart's, and he really shines in it. The movie is clever and funny, stylish without being overly flashy. Jason Reitman looks like he's got quite a career ahead of him.
Rated 24 Jun 2010
71
59th
Has some good moments (I always love me some 4th wall breakin') but it isn't sharp enough to be a great satire and felt too 'safe' throughout. Eckhart and Simmons make it worth a watch, but Holmes and 'that kid' were buzzkills.
Rated 20 Mar 2023
60
38th
Unfortunately for the movie, I'd already seen Age of Cannibals and liked that much more. I appreciate that this is more accessible but frankly, I wish I was watching that Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones movie they're talking about.
Rated 23 Jan 2007
88
74th
Great satire on not just the tobacco industry but on the entire "American Smoking War".
Rated 10 Feb 2007
8
82nd
Reitman's only exceptional piece of work.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
88
98th
One of the best films of 2006: poignant, intelligent, and hilarious, with an outstanding performance by Eckhart.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
65
73rd
Great film.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
79
77th
Aaron Eckhart delivers a sure-fire performance here as a spokesman for the tobacco industry.
Rated 07 Jul 2007
84
82nd
Smart, funny and generally entertaining from beginning to end. Aaron Eckhart plays a very likeable anti-hero.
Rated 29 Jul 2007
60
59th
OK. But I hate stuff that doesn't pick a side. Or does South Park-esque "oh well both sides are stupid" bs, like this movie. Pick a side already. It's either the lady or the tiger. It can't be both, or nothing. Because it's either a third object, or a tiger and a dead lady.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
30th
This satirical movie about a lobbyist for the tobacco company plays more like a regular comedy. It's a pretty good comedy with a few laughs and a lot of "smiles". It stays pretty balanced on the somking issue without offending anyone, but this also causes the movie to be a bit shallow - not much satire. Overall it's a pretty fun movie but is unlikely to spark any heated debates.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
77th
Hilarious! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I laughed out loud. Aaron Eckhart was superb, excellent script. I hope this movie does well at the box office.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
Spectacular movie about the snaky nature of the tobacco (and various other) industry. The best part about it is that it doesn't come off as preachy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
11th
its like when you order the chicken at the keg and realize you are a fool for not getting the steak
Rated 21 Aug 2007
83
83rd
Excellent comedy
Rated 03 Nov 2007
89
74th
a brilliant satire of politics, and very good adaptation of Christopher Buckley's scathing novel.
Rated 03 Feb 2008
75
76th
What a sneaky movie. By sympathizeing the villain you end up rooting for the good guyes, against the tobacco industry. A very enjoyable movie with a clear moral goal, with out a slightest feeling of the anoying preacing.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
59
40th
I liked this, but kind of forgot about it the next day.
Rated 19 May 2008
83
83rd
i had no idea this was a satire until reading the summary...but anyway i loved this movie, and i think big tobacco is demonized way too much and it would be great if every once in a while they could fight back. this movie does just that, until the end, but cut off the last part there and you've got yourself a great movie.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
73
83rd
Nice
Rated 23 Jun 2008
40
13th
Ordinary
Rated 06 Aug 2008
11
8th
entertaining, but doesn't really work as a satire seeing as it's, well, pretty shallow itself
Rated 02 Oct 2008
85
84th
I really liked the story, the only thing I didn't like was the end, it was pretty standard and predictable.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
20
20th
Thank you for wasting my time.
Rated 13 Jan 2009
88
85th
Really engaging look at some fascinating characters, Eckhart's character specifically. Very funny movie about a serious subject, the ending moral is not at all righteous or hypocritical towards either side, but actually fair-minded. That aside, the directing is fantastic and the entire cast is brilliant.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
90
85th
One of my favourite movies with an outstanding ensemble cast led by Eckhart who is so perfectly cast for this role it's like it was written for him. This movie excels at making you root for the bad guy and that's what I love about it, this guy is such an anti-hero and yet you end up loving him. A wonderful satire of the entire cigarette and other dangerous industries.
Rated 15 May 2009
84
87th
Great and very smart movie. I didn't really know what to expect from this one but it really surprised me! Great everyday scenes with such a perfect and smart touch you have to like it. Daring and satirical, great acting and a fine story without being too moralizing, this is a must see!
Rated 30 Jun 2009
68
82nd
It's always a good sign when something has you rooting for what should be the badguys. Also features a non-terrible Katie Holmes!
Rated 03 Oct 2009
70
71st
Whatever man
Rated 10 Oct 2009
75
76th
It's not the movie it should have been! It could have been so much better and more daring... yet it doesn't quite shine and ends with clichés, falling flat. It's definitively worth a watch, though.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
60
53rd
It has that annoying "we're gonna turn this controversial subject upside down - ho-ha-he-ho-ha-he-ho-ha"-vibe. But I guess it's an okay movie. Eckhart is always charming, and it has one classic scene, in which smoking in space is discussed.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
52
10th
Glib satire without the teeth or wit that Alexander Payne brings to the screen. Jason Reitman got plenty of stars onboard and then just had them do 'bits' -most of which of are uninspired- rather than create believable situations.
Rated 29 Jul 2010
70
49th
Entertaining while watching and Eckhart's acting is great and carries it, but it's pretty slight and doesn't leave much of an impression afterwards. Kind of disappointing in that regard, although a rewatch may hurt or help it.
Rated 05 Dec 2010
87
75th
nice!
Rated 26 Aug 2011
88
65th
A very clever and appropriately biting satire that affirms early on the skill and talent of one Jason Reitman.
Rated 04 Mar 2012
38
28th
The writing is way too tame--so tame that all the attempts at comedy basically fail and ultimately this film can hardly be called satire. Entirely forgettable. Go watch Lord of War (2005) instead.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
74
43rd
Really funny, not as good as other political satires like Wag the Dog, but still funny and sharp.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
95
78th
Smart, edgy, funny, and topical. A very well rounded movie about the tobacco industry.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
65
35th
I had to have a cigarette after watching this piece of shit
Rated 14 Dec 2006
82
85th
Good look at the spin industry. Focuses on your freedom rather than your health, because freedom is more important (apparently). Nice job by the supporting actors, and great job by Eckhart to hold us the whole film.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
55
28th
It was decent. Worth a rental. I figured I'd watch it within a 20 year period...
Rated 08 Feb 2007
87
94th
Such a sharp and well acted satire. Aaron Eckhart has never been better before or since.
Rated 08 Feb 2007
70
23rd
It carries a good message and Aaron Eckhart plays his role well, but behind that is a mediocre movie with a plot that feels like it should have originally aired on TNT.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
90
85th
Very good point of view about lobby and industrial interests.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
85
80th
The style in which the plot was written has the audience adoring a character that would normally be the antagonist and the acting in this film is what makes it. It is a truly solid film.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
70
41st
Funny movie that fans of Office Space would enjoy quite a lot.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
80
77th
Quite possible Aaron Eckhart's greatest role. And Cameron Bright is an amazing young actor. I look forward to seeing him progress in the art.
Rated 12 Apr 2007
78
50th
Pitch-black comedy, and I really enjoyed it.
Rated 01 May 2007
90
88th
Aaron Eckhart who has essayed some magnificent bastards in his time plays one of the most likeable characters in recent memory.
Rated 06 May 2007
2
39th
Surprisingly heartwarming.
Rated 21 May 2007
85
78th
Absolutely hilarious- this was the best comedy of 2006, not that piece of trash Borat film. Smoking actually had clever comedy compared to that soon tired antics of Borat
Rated 03 Jun 2007
85
76th
Even though the pacing wavers a little toward the end, this snappy and original movie is very entertaining. Its unique narrative style is clever and the humor is sharp, giving many of the actors a chance to prove their skill in a unique, flexible manner. Really good!
Rated 28 Jun 2007
83
57th
Astute, biting satire.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
Extremely witty and full of surprises!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
85th
A great film that does an excellent job of being unbiased. It's one of those films that has some wit. I definately can respect a film that can laugh at itself but still get its point across (which isn't what you think it is necessarily)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
50th
An amusing satire that suffered mainly due to the pacing. The film that wasn't over 90 minutes but it felt like it was going on for 140.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
Aaron Eckhart is fantastic in this cynical look at big tobacco and the media mongers that keep it afloat. I had high expectations for a plot this intruiging, and those expectations were easily surpassed thanks to a well crafted film from the young Mr. Reitman.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
71st
I was disappointed by this movie just because my expectations were so high for it. It was definitely funny, and good work from Aaron Eckhart and Rob Lowe, but it could have been more than it was.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
64th
totally not what i expected. funny movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
38th
It's all right. That's about it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
50th
It's a good movie, it's a very well directed and acted movie; just be warned that it's not a very funny movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
48
38th
Never becomes entirely relevant in today's climate, but still modestly funny. Aaron Eckhart does this stuff in his sleep.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
68th
Crafty dialouge and decent acting make for a good show.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
100
96th
unique and surprisingly thought provoking. wonderful cast and performances. we look at a humorous and contrarian view of how the industry sells us nasty stuff.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
75
78th
Very funny. Dry, Ironic humour
Rated 24 Aug 2007
59
33rd
This, Office Space and Super Troopers form this trifecta of comedy movies that everyone loves and I just don't.
Rated 08 Sep 2007
86
93rd
Smart, scathing, darkly funny satire about the tobacco industry that cunningly subverts the Hollywood formula. Perfectly structured and perfectly wicked.
Rated 11 Sep 2007
94
97th
Flat out great satire.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
75
79th
A fun satire that ends up satirizing something in a way that you don't quite expect. It's not perfect, but sharp dialogue and performances make this one to watch.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
40
1st
BORING
Rated 14 Nov 2007
80
72nd
The end is a bit too Hollywood but the rest is great.
Rated 19 Nov 2007
70
42nd
good documentation of how cigarette industry could be working.
Rated 29 Dec 2007
73
49th
If it wasn't for the incredibly cool and charasmatic Aaron Eckhart, I get the feeling this film wouldn't have been as well-received as it was. Luckily, he is, so this is a funny yet oddly tragic account of all of America's most dangerous corperations.
Rated 02 Jan 2008
85
85th
Funny story with great casting. Especially Eckhart fits his part perfectly. I also like the fact that it doesn't moralise too much.
Rated 04 Feb 2008
60
84th
The amazing exploits of a tobacco industry spokeperson, merchant of death. Hilarious and ture to it's style to the end. Excellent stuff!
Rated 24 Feb 2008
90
92nd
Hilarious!
Rated 26 Feb 2008
73
87th
Entertaining
Rated 27 Feb 2008
96
0th
I love the way this movie is done. It paints a picture of the Washington lobbyist in a funny way. The main character has sold his soul to the tobacco companies and lobbies on their behalf. One of my top 15 movies.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
79
91st
Great movie, great story.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
90
73rd
The first 1/2 or 2/3 are strong but it tapers off at the end; its momentum just can't be maintained. But do see it and enjoy the parts that are great.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
88
40th
innovative
Rated 17 Mar 2008
70
42nd
Very funny, clever and satiric. The idea to look on the smoking from different point of view is great. Interesting main character.
Rated 03 Apr 2008
65
53rd
Like smoking a whole carton of irony.
Rated 19 Apr 2008
60
5th
I don't get the "satire", sorry. Another movie with a thoroughly unlikable main character, like The Weather Man and Lord of War.
Rated 21 Apr 2008
86
95th
This movie shows the hypocrisy of a corporate shill in a tastefully dark comedic movie
Rated 24 Apr 2008
85
29th
Comical satire making fun of the tobacco industry
Rated 30 Apr 2008
89
68th
Captivating, hilarious, and an amazing job making smoking into a great movie.
Rated 04 May 2008
84
70th
I do like the smartness of this movie. I hate the industry that kills people, but the character has such skill to deflect the accusations of wrongdoing that you like the charisma and skill of the character. Aaron Eckhart plays the character well. I was rooting for the character even knowing that he is protecting an industry that kills and avoids responsibility.
Rated 09 May 2008
68
43rd
I remember seeing it, and remember liking it at the time... but I don't actually remember anything about this movie.
Rated 17 May 2008
85
72nd
Satire is a lesson, but parody is a game. This movie was big fun.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
83
65th
A brilliant, hard-edged film from director-genius Jason Reitman. Reitman, who gave us Juno two years later, has been building up his success with a series of movies that make us think long and hard while also making us laugh. I loved Thank You for Smoking - as corrupt, twisted and unusual as it was, it has a place in modern day cinema, and is something new and fresh to the world.

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