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"THANK YOU FOR SMOKING" - DEATH OF A SALESMAN . . . ON CRACK

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Academy of Tobacco Studies huckster Nick Naylor, played by a wide-jawed Aaron Eckhart is a merciless hired gun, literally with the weapon still on him and smoking, as he fends off the enemies of Big Tobacco, murderous kidnappers, and the Marlboro Man in THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, the writing and directorial debut of Jason Reitman, son of Ivan.

“You know the guy,” says Eckhart as the philosophically brutish Naylor, “who can pick up any girl in the room. Well, that’s me . . . on crack. I’m that guy.” Not only is Nick Naylor that guy, he is in many ways the bastard son of capitalism, born of the embittered coupling of the American success story and the hobbled manly spirits of John Wayne, Howard Hughes, and Willie Loman. Nick Naylor knows himself better than any onscreen hero of recent years. Not only is he an expert in the number of smoking related deaths per year, 475,000, but can continue to peddle the deadly product and defend these numbers while still looking himself, and his twelve-year old,
impressionable son, Joey (Cameron Bright, GODSEND, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT), straight in the eye without blinking.

Eckhart’s Naylor is so self-possessed that he can out moralize a hostile talkshow audience even as they swarm in an eighties feeding frenzy of anti-smoking campaigns and slogans while truimphantly drawing a high five from the cancer boy wheeled onstage to shame him. It is because Nick is such a know-it-all that we wait for his undoing. At the same time we dread it. Like his flawed literary and historical forebears, Bunyun, Loman, Machiavelli, Nick’s fall is inevitable. In a smart, dialogue driven shell game of where’s the villain, director Jason Reitman and writer Christopher Buckley on whose book the film is based, throw a number of potential character, and actual, assassins Nick’s way.


In Birkenstocks and rumpled suits, William H. Macy as anti-smoking proponent Senator Ortolan Finistirre seems a likely candidate for Nick’s demise. For the Senator, Nick and Big Tobacco are one in the same and he attacks both the only way a buttoned up, eco-conscious, political terrier can, behind his back and in the press. Other enemies are closer to home, beginning with BR, Nick’s boss at the Academy of Tobacco Studies, played with oily brilliance by J.K. Simmons who breathed an infuriating ferocity to the role of a murderous Klansman on the HBO series OZ. Reprising the soft southern accent of his roots, Robert Duvall is the sleeping giant of Big Tobacco, a julep-sipping godfather figure whose penchant for mint and plantation life, complete with brown-skinned service and white suits, speaks of the malevolence lying at the root of the tobacco industry in particular, and American industry as a whole. Hollywood itself presents as likely a nemesis as an ally with Rob Lowe as a vampiric Lothario of movie wheeling and dealing who offers up the smoking endorsements of Brad Pitt and Zeta-Katherine Jones, as if he were selling their souls.

We are not surprised when the chink in Nick’s armor proves to be the feminine wiles of girl reporter Heather Holloway, Katie Holmes. But we are surprised by the twists and turns of satisfying narrative devices such as Nick’s weekly bull sessions with a set of old friends who affectionately refer to themselves as the MOD squad, with MOD being an acronym for Merchants of Death. Eckhart is relaxed and shoots the b.s. with the charm of a conman, fully engaged in the con. The sensual Maria Bello and the sinisterly jocular David Koechner are a liquor lobbyist and a gun lobbyist, respectively, and are Eckhart’s equals in shamelessness and brass balls. Sam Elliot is the Marlboro Man thrust out of the mythic American landscape and into the more tragic, mortal reality. Kim Dickens is the ex-wife who serves as Nick’s surprising moral compass.

A scathing and surprisingly loving, comic indictment of the American hero/huckster.

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