Parents' Guide to

Thank You for Smoking

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mostly clever comedy about lobbyists. For adults.

Movie R 2006 92 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

The nitty gritty of smoking!

Absolutely an amazing film! Not only outlines the dangers of smoking, but also gives you some serious insight on people who lobby for tabbaco!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Thought provoking; a good primer on how to be critical of advertising

It's important to realize that Big Tobacco and the other less-than-favorable aspects of the movie are presented as, well, less-than-favorable. Slick arguers and quick-witted (some of) them they may be, but the movie has a not-too-subtle approach to showing us the shallow, morally bankrupt nature of these characters. A great conversation starter.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (3):

Based on Christopher Buckley's popular novel, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING isn't as clever as it seems to be, and it doesn't exactly condemn or admire Nick. But it does question his nihilism, in part through his adoring and inquisitive son, whose big-eyed reaction shots underline that Nick has responsibilities, beyond the job. While Nick thinks for a minute he wants to raise up Joey in his own image, when he starts to doubt the moral relativism of his soulless arguments, the relationship changes. "If you argue correctly," he tells Joey, "you're never wrong." Nick's a great talker, Thank You submits, but he's not right.

The film's smartest scenes involve The M.O.D. Squad. The group's honesty provides sharp contrast with the film's other fall guys who, whether callous or dumb or egotistical, are stereotypes that offer no new insights, just easy targets.

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