Thank You For Smoking

"Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk. Everyone has a talent."

It’s a movie about spin and the spin doctors who spin it – Jason Reitman’s fantastic 2006 satire Thank You for Smoking. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we talk about it this week. It’s a fantastic film and we both love it. We chat about how the film was received and what people likely thought when comparing it to the book it was based on – the 1994 novel of the same name by Christopher Buckley. We talk about the nature of satire and the nature of spin. We chat about the role the son plays in this film and the direction – if any – that Nick Naylor grows as protagonist (or is he an antihero?). And we chat about how Jason Reitman, Ivan’s son, managed to get this – his first – film made. It’s an absolutely fabulous film, especially as a first film, and we have a great time talking about it this week. Join us!

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