Friday, August 24, 2007

Thank You for An Entertaining Movie

Today is still Chantix Day 79 and Smoke-free Day 67.

Last night before I fell asleep on the couch (love having those recliner things and love it even more that I got it practically like new but for very CHEAP!), Tom and I started watching the movie that lived in my Netflix queue for several months and then sat on my desk for a few more weeks. Last night we both got off our computers and finally sat down to watch Thank You for Smoking.

Even though I do think I'm mostly past being bothered by seeing people smoke in movies (and bothered is a strong word - it's was more that I noticed it in the first movie I saw where the main character was smoking and kind of cringed, and I also didn't like the image of crushed cigarettes), it wouldn't have mattered because there is so little (maybe even none? didn't notice any...) actual smoking in this movie. It's a satire, and it's also pretty funny in the way that satire is when something that isn't funny is presented in the way it is. It's not for everyone, but I liked it. Tom did, too.

I could describe it, but Netflix does a better job of it (and you can watch a preview at that link, too):
Big Tobacco spin doctor Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is on a mission to make the country forget the dangers of his product. Rallying for the cause, he works to promote smoking in the movies and hush former employees who bad-mouth cigarettes, all the while trying to remain a role model for his young son. Maria Bello, Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall and William H. Macy co-star in Jason Reitman's razor-sharp satire, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.
I don't want to give away much of the movie in case you haven't seen it and still intend to, but I *loved* to bits and pieces that they showed the scene that they did that addresses nicotine itself as a poison, even in the form of the patch. I was a little shocked and wrote an entire post about the poison contained in nicotine aside from all of the many other poisons in cigarettes. I almost fell off the couch at how this was handled.


  1. TYFS is a good movie. I read the book years ago and was glad to finally see it made. The book is a riot. Try it out if you get some time.

  2. I'll need to read it sometime. The book is often better than the movie.

  3. I loved that movie - there aren't enough "smart" movies and this one manages to be clever without being sanctimonious or tiresome.

    That, and Mr. Eckhart is a hunk.

  4. A friend (non-smoker) mentioned this movie to me the other day. My first thought was, I don't find anything satirical or funny about smoking! I was immediately turned off by the thought of watching such a movie. But, after reading your posts, maybe I'll watch, not now, but maybe a few months into my quit.

  5. Exactly, Wanderer! It's the perfect mix.

    MsTek - I understand waiting ;)

  6. mstek - I would argue that this movie is about politics and lobbying...not really about smoking and as Maggie pointed out, there is no smoking in the movie.


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