Smoking and sanctimony are equally skewered in Thank You for Smoking, a barbed satire from writer-director Jason Reitman that also aims squarely at journalists, politicians, spin-doctors, grade-school career days and just about every other target in sight.
And that's where the film's major flaw lies. Even while laughing at all the well-deserved jibes, one can't help but wonder where Reitman's sympathies rest. Everything gets skewered in Thank You for Smoking, leaving behind a lot of deflated egos and pricked sensibilities, but little else. The film offers plenty to root against, but counterbalances that abundance with little to root for.
Thank You for Smoking (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Starring Aaron Eckhart, Robert Duvall, Katie Holmes. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rated R. Time 92 minutes.