The title of the movie would definitely raise a few eyebrows of those who concern about health in general. Thank You for Smoking is a comedy film based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Christopher Buckley. The film told a story of Nick Naylor, a lobbyist and chief spokesperson for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, whose jobs are mainly running around defending the cigarette companies with his canny logic and ability to pursue a winning argument. He also has to be a role model for his son and answers the question we all wanted to know – if smoking is bad for health, why are people still smoking?
Even though the title and the poster of the movie is all about smoking, it’s interesting to note that there is no single scene in the movie where the cigarette and the act of smoking is being shown. In fact, the director wants the audiences to judge for themselves. Everyone is entitled to the freedom of thought and speech as long as it doesn’t trouble other people. Thus, the film delivered a fine libertarian message.
The film was directed by Jason Reitman who also wrote the screenplay. It starred Aaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor and earned him a nomination for the 2007 Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy. The film itself was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy category.
All in all, the movie is enjoyable and delivers a thoughtful message with fine performances by the ensemble of the cast.
5 stars out of 5 – highly recommend to those who are concerned of your health. Laughing is the best medicine and you definitely could get some from this film.