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Thank You For Smoking (Widescreen DVD-Video)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: D

 

 

I have never been much of a fan of Ivan Reitman, who more than any other commercial filmmaker seems to have anything good in his films happen by accident. His son Jason has made several feature films as well and none of them have impressed me much either.Thank You For Smoking (2006) had the most promise of any of his films to date, but it is shocking how much it does not work.

 

This satire of the viciousness of the Tobacco Industry to keep customers and seduce new ones is the perfect subject for a broad satire.Michael Mannís The Insider showed the dark side of what extent the industry would go through to keep their dirty little secrets.Reitman is so smug and silly in thinking he is doing some kind of Dr. Strangelove that he lands up trivializing the very thing he is supposed to be targeting.

 

Based on the Christopher Buckley book, a fine cast including Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Adam Brody, Sam Elliott, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, Sean Patrick Murphy, the great Robert Duvall & William H. Macy cannot overcome the dippy tone of the film.Like many Left-of-center documentaries about serious subjects, Reitmanís screenplay adaptation of the book is just so unfortunate.There is energy here, but it is all over the place and the 90 minutes just become one big run on that amounts to little.No funny.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is not good either, with softness, detail issues and even color issues throughout.Cinematographer James Whitaker adds a visual approach that has too many close shots for a scope production, though that is typical of Super 35mm productions that shoot like flat or full screen films.The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is also surprisingly lacking in surrounds and Rolfe Kentís score is not that good.Dialogue is well recorded for the most part.Extras include director/cast commentary, Charlie Rose Show interview promoting the film, making of featurette, America Ė Living in Spin featurette and deleted scenes.Not much more there, just reminding us of how much this film backfires.Skip this one and see Mannís film if you missed it instead.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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