Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking DVD coverJason Reitman’s satirical film Thank You for Smoking was released in 2006 by Fox Searchlight Productions.  The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor, the chief spokesman for a tobacco lobby whose job it is to research links between smoking and health.  The lobby fails to find any links between the two, and Nick’s task is then to inform the public that smoking is not hazardous.  He becomes a champion of smokers’ rights.  When a new law is about to be passed which will require a skull and crossbones symbol to appear on all packs of cigarettes, Nick comes up with a plan to get actors to start smoking in movies as much as possible, just as they seemed to do in the 1920’s and 1930’s when smoking was considered suave and attractive.  According to Reitman the film is neither pro- nor anti- smoking, but rather a parody of the process of promoting or preventing smoking, as well as a thinly-veiled attack on “political correctness.”