Thank You for Smoking (2005, USA) C-92m. SCOPE *** D: Jason Reitman. Starring Aaron Eckhart, William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello, David Koechner, Katie Holmes, Kim Dickens, Daniel Travis, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Rob Lowe, Sam Elliott, Christopher Buckley. Well-made satire on the way big corporations use spin doctors to make the truth seem favorable for their purposes. Film focuses on Eckhart, who is the spokesperson for Big Tabacco. As a lobbyist he must defend the cigarette-industry, while trying to be a good dad for pre-teen Bright, who is just waking up to the world around him. Comedy has some great ideas and performances (Eckhart is perfect in the lead). Based on the novel by Christopher Buckley, adapted by the director.

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