Friday, May 12, 2006


Thank You For Smoking

Wednesday night some of us went to go see Thank You For Smoking. Good movie. I enjoyed the characters, the general humor, and the lasting impression of individual liberty and choice.

There was an interesting moral dilemma created from his job as a Big Tobacco lobbyist and his participation in the life of his son. Read Jenna's review in the next CJ to find out more.

Essentially, the moral of the story is to argue more often cause you can never be wrong if you do it right. Question everything and think for yourself!

Here are some good lines:

Nick Naylor: Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk.

Nick Naylor: You know the guy who can pick up any girl? I'm him on crack.

Nick Naylor: I have a bachelor's in kicking ass and taking names.

Yah, I loved that line about a bachelor's in kicking ass and taking names.

But I wonder why they never actually showed Nick smoking a cigarette.

I was actually a little shocked when they told him to quit smoking because I didn't realize he was.
There was the one scene when he was out of cigarettes. I think that was the only hint that he smoked.

Also, mt review for CJ probably won't be out for a long while, and will likely only appear in the print edition. So, I'll post it here later today. (Not that anyone on this Blog hasn't already seen the movie.)
When he was sitting in his apartment and his son was doing his homework and wanted to stay up all night (what makes American government so great), he looked into the pack of cigarettes and it was empty -- then John Wayne got shot!
I actually thought that a smoking gum pack. I couldn't really tell.

They should have shown him and Nick Jr. liting up.
My review for CJ.

Thank You For Smoking
Directed by: Jason Reitman
MPAA: Rated R for language and some sexual content.

Thank You For Smoking follows the intrigues of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), who lobbies on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son. As the challenger in modern society’s War on Vice, Naylor proves a hilarious – and effective – spokesman.

In this film, based on Chris Buckley’s novel by the same name, director Jason Reitman tackles Capitol Hill, Hollywood, corporate America and the media, an ambitious task for his debut movie. Surviving the onslaught are the ideas of personal responsibility, morality and individual freedom. Says Reitman, “I consider myself a fairly libertarian person, someone who doesn't like being told what to do. The idea that Nick Naylor stood not for cigarettes but for the right to smoke made sense to me, even though I'm not a smoker.”

Despite his philosophical leanings, Reitman keeps his message understated. And because Thank You for Smoking pokes fun at everyone, viewers on both sides of the political aisle will enjoy this quirky, gritty look at power politics and morality in America.
Nice review, Jenna.
Yes, very good.

You could have made that its own post if you wanted.
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