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

Robin Williger.

He is a 15-year-old freshman

from Racine, Wisconsin.

He enjoys studying history.

He's on the debate team.

Robin's future looked

very, very bright,

but recently he was

diagnosed with cancer,

a very tough kind of cancer.

Robin tells me he has

quit smoking, though,

and he no longer thinks

that cigarettes are cool.


And our final guest today

is Nick Naylor.

Mr. Naylor is the vice president

of the Academy of Tobacco Studies.

Now, they are the tobacco

industry's main lobby

in Washington, D.C.

and Mr. Naylor is

their chief spokesman.

Few people on this planet know

what it is to be truly despised.

Can you blame them?

I earn a living

fronting an organization

that kills 1,200 human beings a day.

1,200 people.

We're talking

two jumbojet plane loads

of men, women and children.

I mean, there's Attila,


and me,

Nick Naylor,

the face of cigarettes...

the Colonel Sanders of nicotine.

This is where I work,

the Academy of Tobacco Studies.

It was established

by seven gentlemen

you may recognize from C-SPAN.

These guys realized quick

if they were going to claim

that cigarettes were not addictive,

they better have proof.

This is the man they rely on,

Erhardt Von Grupten Mundt.

They found him in Germany.

I won't go into the details.

He's been testing the link

between nicotine

and lung cancer

for 30 years and hasn't found

any conclusive results.

The man's a genius.

He could disprove gravity.

Then we've got our sharks.

We draft them out

of Ivy League law schools

and give them time-shares

and sports cars.

It's just like

a John Grisham novel-

you know, without all the espionage.

Most importantly,

we've got spin control.

That's where I come in.

I get paid to talk.

I don't have an MD or law degree.

I have a bachelor's in

kicking ass and taking names.

You know that guy

who can pick up any girl?

I'm him

on crack.

This is obviously a heated issue

and we do have a lot

that we want to cover today.

Nick, do you have a question?


how on earth would

Big Tobacco profit

off of the loss of this young man?

Now, I hate to think

in such callous terms,

but, if anything,

we'd be losing a customer.

It's not only our hope,

it's in our best interest

to keep Robin alive and smoking.

- That's ludicrous.

- Let me tell you something,

Joan, and please,

let me share something

with the fine, concerned

people in the audience today.

The Ron Goodes of this world...

want the Robin Willigers to die.

- What?

You know why?

So that their budgets will go up.

This is nothing less than

trafficking in human misery,

and you, sir, ought

to be ashamed of yourself.

I ought to be ashamed of myself?

As a matter of fact,

we're about to launch...

a $50 million campaign

aimed at persuading kids

not to smoke.

Because I think

that we can all agree

that there is nothing

more important

than America's children.

All right, now,

that's something that

we're going to want

to know more about.

but I have to take a short break.

Hang on, a lot more coming.

$50 million?! Are you

out of your f***ing mind?!

Everyone has a boss.

BR just happens

to be mine.

He came from the vending

machine world.

This made him tough.

The name BR came

from his tour in Vietnam.

The people who know

its meaning are all dead.

The deal was five million!

$5 million will get you

a couple of subway posters.

It's not going to impress anyone.

That's the idea, Nick.

You'll be thanking me soon.

This'll probably get you great press.

I gotta call the captain

and see if this is gonna fly.

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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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