Several years ago I saw “Thank You for Smoking” on sale for a couple of pound in a supermarket. I assumed it wasn’t very good so left it on the shelf. Since that day I’ve heard a lot of praise for this film, so when I saw it was on TV the other night I had to tune in and watch it. Needless to say my previous assumptions were wrong as it turned out to be a very good film.
Based on the 1994 Christopher Buckley novel of the same name, Thank You for Smoking is a political satire film centered around the tobacco industry. The film follows a tobacco company’s chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, whose job it is to defend smoking and spin for the company while still trying to remain a good role model for his 12-year-old son.
Aaron Eckhart puts in a stella performance as the smooth-talking Nick Naylor and despite his questionable morals you will admire the character and really root for him and his cause. The supporting cast consist of many familar faces who, mainly all, put in great performances. A special mention has to go to Rob Lowe who is brilliant as the Japan-obsessed Hollywood agent Jeff Megall.
What’s great about the film is it’s not afraid to make light out of the seriousness of its subject matter. And does so in a smart and thought-provoking way. Plus it will make you laugh a lot. A really enjoyable film that I wish I had watched all those years ago when I saw the DVD in Tesco.