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Thank You for Smoking

Thank You for Smoking
A parody of the Uncle Sam poster with the head replaced with a cigarette top
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jason Reitman
Produced by David O. Sacks
Screenplay by Jason Reitman
Based on Thank You for Smoking
by Christopher Buckley
Starring Aaron Eckhart
Maria Bello
Cameron Bright
Adam Brody
Sam Elliott
Katie Holmes
David Koechner
Rob Lowe
William H. Macy
J. K. Simmons
Robert Duvall
Music by Rolfe Kent
Cinematography James Whitaker
Edited by Dana E. Glauberman
Room 9 Entertainment
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • September 9, 2005 (2005-09-09) (TIFF)
  • March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $39.3 million
Thank You for Smoking (Music from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released April 18, 2006
Recorded Various times
Genre Soundtrack
Length 38:02
Label Lakeshore Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars

Thank You for Smoking is a 2006 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Aaron Eckhart, based on the 1994 satirical novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. It follows the efforts of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who lobbies on behalf of cigarettes using heavy spin tactics while also trying to remain a role model for his 12-year-old son. Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, William H. Macy, J. K. Simmons, and Robert Duvall appear in supporting roles.

The film was released in a limited run on March 17, 2006, and had a wide release on April 14. As of 2007, the film has grossed a total of more than $39 million worldwide. The film was released on DVD in the US on October 3, 2006, and in the UK on January 8, 2007.

Nick Naylor is a handsome, smooth-talking tobacco lobbyist and the vice-president of a tobacco lobby called the "Academy of Tobacco Studies", which for 15 years has been "researching" the link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer. They claim that their research—funded primarily by tobacco companies—has found no definitive evidence of any linkage. Naylor's job consists mainly of reporting the questionable research of the "Academy" to the public and defending Big Tobacco on television programs by questioning opposing health claims and advocating personal choice. Naylor and his friends, firearm lobbyist Bobby Jay Bliss and alcohol lobbyist Polly Bailey, meet every week and jokingly call themselves the "Merchants of Death" or "The MOD Squad".

  • September 9, 2005 (2005-09-09) (TIFF)
  • March 17, 2006 (2006-03-17) (United States)


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