- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 16, 2009
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Digital Surround - Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish, French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "America: Living in Spin"
- Behind the Scenes: "The Making of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING"
- Alternate Scenes: Deleted Scenes (with Optional Commentary)
- Audio Commentary: Including Jason Reitman - Director; Cast
- Interviews: Jason Reitman - Director; Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Buckley - Source Writer; David O. Sacks - Producer (from "The Charlie Rose Show")
- Theatrical Trailer
- Product Trailer - Soundtrack Spot
- Art Department
Performers, Cast and Crew:
William H. Macy,
Robert Duvall &
Dana E. Glauberman
Max Levchin &
Director of Photography:
Rolling Stone - 03/23/2006
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A]cutely hilarious....THANK YOU FOR SMOKING mines comic gold from a topic that's no laughing matter. Aaron Eckhart is a fierce and funny dynamo..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Reitman] understands that the author's verbal slapstick and pyrotechnical plot turns are both smart and broad, and he and his cast, led by Aaron Eckhart at his most hilariously slick, just let rip."
New York Times - 03/17/2006
"[I]t may provide some transitory pleasure for its ostensible equal-opportunity political skewering."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 03/01/2006
"Jason Reitman's film festival hit is a cheeky, irreverent blast of political incorrectness."
USA Today - 04/14/2006
"This razor-sharp satire is the wittiest dark comedy of the year thus far....Eckhart gives a whip-smart performance."
Total Film - 07/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "Reitman is fighting absurdity with absurdity..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2006
"[T]here's sufficient blistering irony in its first hour and a steady enough rat-a-tat-tat of new-millennium cynicism to make THANK YOU FOR SMOKING addictive stuff."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/06/2006
"Eckhart advocates devilishly as tobacco lobbyist/spin surgeon Nick Naylor..." -- Grade: B
Uncut - 02/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith a snappy visual style and a terrific ensemble cast..."
Jason Reitman has learned well. The son of director-producer Ivan Reitman (STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS) makes a strong impact with his debut feature film, the hysterical THANK YOU FOR SMOKING. Based on the wry novel by Christopher Buckley, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is set in the fascinating world of Washington spin, where, more often than not, money trumps politics and morals. Aaron Eckhart (IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, ERIN BROCKOVICH) is outstanding as Nick Naylor, the public spokesman for Big Tobacco. The blond pretty boy has no problem whatsoever going on television and telling people that smoking can actually be good for them. He meets regularly with the M.O.D. Squad -- fellow Merchants of Death Polly Bailey (Maria Bello), who represents the alcohol business, and Bobby Jay Bliss (David Koechner), who defends firearms -- where they fight over who has the more difficult job based on the number of deaths their respective industries are responsible for. The smooth-talking Naylor's next big adversary is Vermont senator Ortolan Finistirre (William H. Macy), who is calling for the government to place a skull and crossbones and the word "Poison" on all cigarette boxes. At the same time, Naylor is sent out to Hollywood to make a deal with high-powered agent Jeff Megall (Rob Lowe) to get more stars to smoke in movies, like in the good old days. All the while, Naylor is trying to establish a better relationship with his young son, Joey (Cameron Bright), without playing down his highly questionable job. The strong cast also includes Kim Dickens as Naylor's ex-wife, J.K. Simmons as his boss, Katie Holmes as a sexy reporter, Sam Elliott as the former Marlboro Man now dying of lung cancer, and Robert Duvall as the Captain, an old-time tobacco chief who takes Naylor under his wings. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is a very funny satire that will leave audiences gasping for breath from laughing so hard.
- Theatrical Release: March 17, 2006