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This week's reviewed movie is:
Thank You for Smoking




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If you like your comedies smart--but a little on the dark side--you will probably get a kick out of Thank You for Smoking.

The supporting characters help make this movie work. You get hilarious round-table meetings with the merchants of death--how to handle the Marlboro Man and get cigarettes back in the movies.

It takes an actor with a whole lot of charm to pull off this role. Aron Eckhart fits this role to a tee.

There's not one minute of this film wasted.

Comedy is hard, satire is even harder.

Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor loves what he does, taking the English language and manipulating it into catch phrases and pleasing sound bites.

Thank You for Smoking is at times a hilarious look at the politically incorrect & a scathing peek at the tobacco industry, but it does it with a blunt-edged sword, just tip-toeing along the edge of the abyss.

Still, comedy is hard and political satire darn near impossible.

The movie is a satirical novel about a big-time tobacco lobbyist who is trying to juggle fatherhood, nicotine pushing & inside politics.

The film's heart is a belief in the importance of success.

This comedy of hypocrisy is cynical & cheerily merciless.

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