Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Movies You Aught to See: Thank You For Smoking

Regardless of whether the decade ended already ended in 2009 or will end at the close of the current year, the 2000s were a wonderful period of cinema with many treasures that deserve to be remembered. Check in at Movies with Abe on Mondays for Movies You Aught to See, a look back at memorable movies from the aughts. They are posted in no particular order, and if you have a great film from the 2000s that you think merits consideration, leave a note in the comments!

Thank You For Smoking
Directed by Jason Reitman
Released April 14, 2006

Before he made “Juno” and “Up in the Air,” Jason Reitman wrote and directed his first and arguably best film. The story of a likable tobacco lobbyist bristles with hilarious contradictions in the form of its antihero and the nonsensical but convincing words that come out of his mouth. The script is excellent, and the trailer should convey much of the film’s brilliance to those who have not yet had the opportunity to see one of 2006’s greatest films. The cast includes William H. Macy, J.K. Simmons, Rob Lowe, Robert Duvall, and plenty of others, but this is lead actor Aaron Eckhart’s show, delivering in the role of a lifetime as Nick Naylor. This is a marvelously enjoyable, witty, and surprising film.

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