Thank You For Smoking By Jason Reitman Essay

1892 Words Oct 25th, 2016 8 Pages
Thank You for Smoking, a 2006 screenplay directed by Jason Reitman based on the 1994 satirical novel authored by Christopher Buckley, epitomizes satire. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Katie Holmes, J.K. Simmons, Rob Lowe, Robert Duvall, and many other A-list actors in prominent roles, Thank You for Smoking featured a strong cast of interesting and dynamic characters. Thank You for Smoking centers around the life of Nick Naylor, a smooth-talking lobbyist who works for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. In his job, he is responsible for uncovering questionable evidence and speaking on behalf of “Big Tobacco.” In his testimonies he conducts before Congress, committees, and panels, he emphasizes free choice and lack of causation of major illnesses in defense of cigarettes. As a result of his unpopular occupation, Nick has very few friends but many enemies. Among his enemies are Senator Finistirre, health-conscious professionals, and even some smokers who find him enabling. His only friends are the MOD (Merchants of Death) Squad – composed of Nick, Bobby Jay (a firearms lobbyist), and Polly (an alcohol lobbyist) – who meet weekly to discuss their projects. However, Nick’s son Joey plays a critical role in Nick’s life; Joey views Nick as heroic and inspirational. From his soliciting of Nick’s advice on his class project to his accompanying of Nick on business, Joey seems to have a stronger emotional tie to his father than his mother, of whom has long since separated from Nick. The…

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