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Rated R · 92 minutes · 2006

Comedy, Drama
"You want an easy job, go join the Red Cross," someone says well into this gleeful farce about capitalist mendacity based on Christopher Buckley's 1994 bestseller. But what seems worthy of modern satire is often a hair's breadth from pillorying itself, and the gray zone between unamusingly tedious and roaringly redundant is ever shrinking; if only first-time director Jason Reitman (son of Ivan) had more muscle in his whip arm. Trying, and essentially failing, to plumb the rational depths of a tobacco lobbyist's moral vacuum, Reitman regales with the trials of Ned Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), who must negotiate the ethical morass between his job and his intentions as a father. Buckley is best at sharp-tongued one-liners, which constitute a lion's portion of the script. But instead of hitting the gas and allowing the scenario to rock and roll with g forces, Reitman keeps his movie small, unvaried, slack, and -- deliberately and oddly -- completely smoke-free. How deep can a satiric bite be when the object of outrage has been wrung out of the mix?
Official Site: www2.foxsearchlight.com/thankyouforsmoking
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Christopher Buckley and Jason Reitman
Producer: David O. Sacks
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes, William H Macy, Adam Brody, Maria Bello, Sam Elliott, Rob Lowe, Cameron Bright and David Koechner

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