Thank You For Smoking is the sharpest of satires. Aaron Eckart is perfect as the slick motormouth Nick Naylor who shills for the tobacco industry, and the film’s message – think for yourself because there’s money and power in letting folks tell you what is good for you – is timely.
This movie should be required viewing for every ex-hippie who now clamors to ensure that his or her child live a risk-free life, at the expense of everyone who might otherwise own a gun, light a smoke, have a drink, make a transfat, shout an obscenity or injure budding self-esteem.
Favorite line, from the President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies played by J.K. Simmons:
We don’t sell Tic Tacs, we sell cigarettes. And they’re cool, available, and addictive. The job is almost done for us.