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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


So normally I don't really do the whole movie review thing, but I saw a movie over the weekend that really struck a chord. No, it wasn't in the theaters, since I almost never go to the movies anymore (ADD). It actually just came out on dvd, and is definitely worth seeing. I was actually shocked about how many of my coworkers hadn't even heard of it- I know all of you have.
Anyways, "Thank You For Smoking" is probably one of the best movies I've seen all year. The character development (with the exception of Katie Holmes- she was terrible) and plot were great, and the writers/producers were successful at developing a character who, while you are disgusted at what he does, you can't help but love. It's a movie I could watch over and over again.
It's also somewhat inspiring. The main character, Nick Naylor, is the most hated man in the country- a lobbyist for big tobacco. Yet he is able to win anyone over, including a 15 year-old with cancer, just by his words. To someone who often stumbles through speeches and never argues; not because I don't believe in my point of view, but because I am horrible at convincing others of my point; this guy is a hero. He even manages to be a great role-model to his son by teaching him to debate, and to always question authority.
The movie definitely teaches you how to win an argument- basically, you never have to prove your point, as long as you can disprove the other person's point. The best line in the movie (and something I am going to try to remember): "That's the beauty of argument, if you argue correctly, you're never wrong." There are so many memorable (and hilarious) lines in this movie, that even my mom (who is VERY anti-smoking) even loved it. Take, for instance:
Kid #3: My Mommy says smoking kills.
Nick Naylor: Oh, is your Mommy a doctor?
Kid #3: No.
Nick Naylor: A scientific researcher of some kind?
Kid #3: No.
Nick Naylor: Well then she's hardly a credible expert, is she?

Anyways, I highly recommend this movie, and will probably run out and buy it this weekend.

16 comments:

E :) 10/24/2006 02:23:00 PM  

I LOVE that movie!

Hey Pretty 10/24/2006 02:35:00 PM  

You should read the book if you haven't already. It's even funnier and actually has some stuff that the movie leaves out.

PRSlaveDC 10/24/2006 03:22:00 PM  

Love that movie as well! Inspires some really good discussion/arguments about how to play the devil's advocate...

And ironically, I'm about to post a rare movie review myself. ;)

KassyK 10/24/2006 03:26:00 PM  

I loved that movie as well...as a former smoker and a master of debate (in my own mind)...I found the movie vile and brilliant.

Aaron Eckhart ranks alongside Christian Bale as one of the most underrated actors of our time.

Betty 10/24/2006 04:55:00 PM  

I just rented it, will have to let you know what I think.

allan 10/24/2006 08:00:00 PM  

I've always felt you don't have to be right, you just have to scare the other person into believing you will kick their @ss if they don't acquiesce :).

Rachel 10/24/2006 09:39:00 PM  

I haven't seen it yet. Will def have to rent it.
The power of a good argument is very seductive.

The Husband 10/25/2006 08:45:00 AM  

i've been wanting to see this movie. i heard its great!

Anonymous,  10/25/2006 09:24:00 AM  

Love that movie! I saw it opening night in theaters, here in dc, with two friends - one, a lobbyiest, the other, a pr flack - I think we were the way crazy laughter that pisses most people off at the theater.

And I agree with hey pretty - the book is even better.

Anonymous,  10/25/2006 09:25:00 AM  

Love that movie! I saw it opening night in theaters, here in dc, with two friends - one, a lobbyiest, the other, a pr flack - I think we were the way crazy laughter that pisses most people off at the theater.

And I agree with hey pretty - the book is even better.

Anonymous,  10/25/2006 09:25:00 AM  

apologies... posted twice, didn't mean to.

Cody 10/25/2006 09:40:00 AM  

It's in the Netflix queue. Just have to get through all the lost discs first.

minijonb 10/25/2006 10:48:00 AM  

Oh! This movie was at the top of my "must see" list this year, but I missed it at the theater. :leaves to go rent Thank You For Smoking:

Anonymous,  10/25/2006 04:00:00 PM  

thanks for reminding me to move that up to the top of my queue.

peace.

l.b. 10/25/2006 10:14:00 PM  

I saw it in the theater and loved it. I need to see it again now that it's on DVD, because it is so full of...words...that I just know I missed things the first time around. I need to read the book too. Okay! It is in the library, but not for long...

Ricardo 10/26/2006 12:46:00 AM  

I felt Katie ruined parts of Batman Begins as well. Ever since she hooked up with Tom I can't get around it. She's disruptive.

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