“That’s the beauty of argument; because if you argue correctly you’re never wrong” -Nick Naylor, Thank You for Smoking
I laughed my butt off watching the Yuppie Mephistopheles do his best to convince me that I needed to smoke cigarettes. The film Thank You for Smoking revolves around a big tobacco lobbyist, Nick Naylor, and his experiences talking up the subject of smoking. Considering how smoking is reviled these days, and how many arguments I’ve had with people concerning smoking bans, and being a former smoker myself, none of the ironic humor found in this film was lost on me.
“but you still haven’t convinced me”
“See, I’m not after you; I’m after them.”
I noticed at one point that Nick Naylor’s son attends a school named St. Euthanasius. It is the little things, the details that the set designing team included in the film that make the film as funny as it is. Written and directed by libertarian thinkers, this film takes great pleasure in poking holes in much of the hysteria around cigarettes and smoking; while at the same time lampooning everything from lobbying to product placement in films. If you have a sense of humor, then I can’t recommend this film strongly enough.