This political satire, based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley, follows the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco as he spins the “benefits” of cigarettes in a time when America began to realize the health hazards stemming from smoking.
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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.
Completely devoid of any sort of fake morality and riddled with a twisted sense of humor, this film is a brilliant piece of contemporary political satire. The writing is deliciously smart and cynical and Eckart achieves the impossible, by turning his amoral lobbyist into a likable, refreshingly bold man of his time. The scenes with the MOD ("Merchants of Death") trio are definitely my favorite.
TYFS is like a short wrestling match: Guy beats up, gets beaten down, twists the game and wraps with a victory. Classic American Narrative. Still, this baby brings duality to the table and feels fresh. What's right and wrong for someone to do to pay his mortgage? A fast paced movie that makes us wish for more of the same juice. A brilliant satire on the capitalist world on the both sides of the coin. Great picture!
The movie would be a lot better if it wasn't so pleased with itself and just played everything straight. The best comedic/dramatic moments come sans the "quirky" narration. Still, it has bite, and the acting is good.
A not-as-clever-as-it-coulda-been black dramedy about a between good and evil Big Tobacco lobbyist (read: spin doctor) and the culture and politics of vice in general, whether it's drugs, violence, moral grandstanding, or news reporting, this at least, as a hopefully soon-to-be ex-smoker, got me interested in checking out the book it was based on, which I plan on doing sometime in the future...
Quanto può piacere un rappresentante di sigarette? A quanto pare tanto. Dinamico, divertente e ben scritto, il film di Reitman è un pacchetto da 20 che fumerete in un fiato, finendo l'ultima con un sorriso sulle labbra. Ottimi gli attori e originale la regia, peccato per qualche scelta narrativa che ogni tanto risulta un filo prevedibile, non compromettendo però un lavoro globalmente più che buono.