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Thank You for Smoking Essay

„Thank You for Smoking“ is a political satire film by Jason Reitman. The film is adapted from a novel by Christopher Buckley. „Thank you For Smoking“ tells a story about Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), who is a tobacco lobbyist. His job is to questioning opposing health claims and advocating personal choice and smoking. As he says in the film, he has a bachelor’s degree in kicking ass and taking names. At the same time he tries to be a good father for his twelve year old son, Joey. As the tobacco sales are falling and anti-tobacco campaigns getting more influential, Naylor suggests that putting cigarettes back to movies could once again boost tobacco sales. His boss, called BR (J. K. Simmons), sends him to Los Angeles to meet the Hollywood superagent Jeff McGall. They work out a plan to put cigarettes in upcoming movies.

Everything goes perfectly until Nick has an affair with ambitious journalist, Heather Holloway (Katie Holmes). Nick belives he can trust her and tells everything about his life and work. But Heather publishes an article about his life and secrets. After that, Nick gets kicked from his job. Eventually, he talks himself out of that mess and gets another job. Actors carry out their role perfectly especially Aaron Eckhart and J.K. Simmons. This film portrays perfectly the pain spots of America’s society. However, in my opinion, I did not like the way how film portrays anti-tobbaco people, because they seemed to be rather ridiculous, which they are not. To sum up, „Thank You for Smoking“ is an excellent comedy, making laughable America’s free market economy and the freedom of choice.

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