“Thank You For Smoking,” a satire on the hypocrisy of a society that demands political correctness yet practices self-indulgence, merrily blowing smoke rings around Big Tobacco's arrogance and obfuscation, will be shown this weekend at Geneva's Smith Opera House.
Nick Naylor portrays Aaron Eckhart, a Washington lobbyist for tobacco, sells cancer sticks like candy. He's a man thoroughly convinced that the American Dream includes the right to decide whether to risk getting cancer or not.
As the ace explainer for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, a front for Big Tobacco, Nick makes smoking seem not only sexy but also downright patriotic — hey, tobacco farmers are Americans, too! — which makes him the anti-Christ to furious health advocates. And he's proud of that, because he does his job honestly and well.
Directed by Jason Reitman, the film was the subject of a heated bidding war at the Toronto Film Festival.
The film will be screened at 7 p.m. June 9, 10, 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. June 11. It is rated R and has a running time of 92 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.