Thank You For Smoking

Synopsis: The chief spokesperson and lobbyist Nick Naylor is the Vice-President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. He is talented in speaking and spins argument to defend the cigarette industry in the most difficult situations. His best friends are Polly Bailey that works in the Moderation Council in alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss of the gun business own advisory group SAFETY. They frequently meet each other in a bar and they self-entitle the Mod Squad a.k.a. Merchants of Death, disputing which industry has killed more people. Nick's greatest enemy is Vermont's Senator Ortolan Finistirre, who defends in the Senate the use a skull and crossed bones in the cigarette packs. Nick's son Joey Naylor lives with his mother, and has the chance to know his father in a business trip. When the ambitious reporter Heather Holloway betrays Nick disclosing confidences he had in bed with her, his life turns upside-down. But Nick is good in what he does for the mortgage.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Jason Reitman
Production: Fox Searchlight
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Get your ass back to D.C.

Thank you so much for coming.

Mr. Naylor?

It's your turn.


Joey is such a bright young man.

We all look forward

to his coming out

of his shell a little.

He's a bit shy.

Yeah, he gets that from his mother.

Hey, Joey.

Please don't ruin my childhood.

Come on, Joey. Trust me.

How many of you want to be

lawyers when you grow up?


How about...

movie stars?

How about lobbyists?

What's that?

It's kind of like being a movie star.

It's what I do.

I talk for a living.

What do you talk about?

I speak on behalf of cigarettes.

My mom used to smoke.

She says that cigarettes kill.

Really? Now, is your mommy a doctor?


A scientific researcher of some kind?


Well, she doesn't exactly sound

like a credible expert,

now, does she?

Don't feel bad.

It's okay to listen to your mom.

I mean, it's good to listen

to your parents... Joey.

All I'm suggesting

is that there will always

be people trying to tell you

what to do and what to think.

There probably already are

people doing that.

Am I right?


I'm here to say

that when someone tries to act

like some sort of an expert,

you can respond, "Who says?"

So, cigarettes are good for you?

- No!

- No, that's not...

That's not what I'm getting at.

My point is that you have

to think for yourself.

You have to challenge authority.

If your parents told you

that chocolate was dangerous,

would you just take their word for it?



So perhaps instead of acting

like sheep

when it comes to cigarettes,

you should find out for yourself.

Okay, then.

Thank you, Mr. Naylor,

for joining us.

Every week we meet here at Bert's.

Together, we represent

the chief spokespeople

for the tobacco, alcohol and

firearms industries.

We call ourselves the MOD Squad.

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Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is a Canadian-American[2] film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2005), Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009), and Young Adult (2011). As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy award and four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He is the son of director Ivan Reitman. more…

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