Thank you for Smoking, 2005
I won a double pass to see this film on the b last week, so we went on down to the Rialto to catch it on Monday night. Now, the new Rialto really does suck, it’s a mini version of a Village cinema (with a red rather than blue colour scheme) – which is not really surprising, but still it pretends to be something more stylish and boutique, and with the ticket prices at $15 for a Monday night session – you’d wonder how they pull it off.
All that aside, the movie was great, the opening credits were the best I’ve seen in a while and it was a good laugh. There was nothing sacred, smooth talking Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for the cigarette company ‘Big Tobacco’ and is up against a sad line up of anti-smoking groups, and I’m sure you can guess who comes out on top. But it’s not as simple as all that, Naylor’s job is anything but secure and he is struggling to maintain a relationship with his son, who he only sees on the weekends.
One thing I noticed was that throughout the movie, no-one actually smoked a cigarette…