Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is a handsome, smooth-talking tobacco lobbyist and the Vice President of a tobacco lobby called The Academy of Tobacco Studies, which for fifteen years has been researching the link between nicotine and lung cancer. They claim that their research—funded primarily by tobacco companies—has found no definitive evidence of the linkage. Naylor’s job consists mainly of reporting the Academy’s questionable research 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 (David Koechner) and alcohol lobbyist Polly Bailey (Maria Bello), meet every week and jokingly call themselves the “Merchants of Death” or “The MOD Squad”.
As anti-tobacco campaigns mount and numbers of young smokers decline, Naylor suggests that product placement of cigarettes could once again boost cigarette sales. Naylor’s boss, BR (J.K. Simmons), sends Naylor to Los Angeles to bargain for cigarette placement in upcoming movies. Naylor takes along his young son Joey (Cameron Bright) in hopes of bonding with him. Throughout their trip, Naylor teaches Joey about the beauty of argument. Naylor is also sent to bribe Lorne Lutch (Sam Elliot), the cancer stricken man who once played the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads and is now campaigning against cigarettes. Naylor offers Lutch a suitcase of money for his silence and, though disgruntled, Lutch agrees. –Wikipedia
Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977) is an Academy Award-nominated Canadian-born/American-based film director, screenwriter, producer and actor, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking (2006), Juno (2007), and Up in the Air (2009).
Reitman was born in Montreal, Quebec, the first of three children of comedy director Ivan Reitman and actress Geneviève Robert, sometimes billed as Geneviève Deloir. He has two younger sisters, Catherine and Caroline. His father, Ivan, directed the successful films Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Kindergarten Cop. Jason described his childhood self as “a loser… a movie geek… [and] shy.” In the late 1980s, Reitman began appearing in small acting parts and serving as a production assistant on his father’s films. He spent time in the editing rooms of his father’s movies, learning the process. Throughout his 20s, instead of accepting offers to make commercial feature films, Reitman began… read more
What made this film so lovely was Aaron Eckhart's shit eating grin. But yeah, I loved that the film never coped out in terms of supporting his characters choices and decisions. Although I wish that certain things weren't glossed over (like his character being a smoker but we don't see him smoke?) overall I thought this was a pretty good and very enjoyable comedy with some bite.
"Cynicism and sentiment have melded magically in movies by some of the best American directors, from Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder
This film has been recommended to me on several occasions, and I have to say, I am not disappointed.
The general message of the film exposes satirical truths about things we already know, but… read review