Wednesday, July 5th │ 7:00-9:00 pm
Members: Complimentary │ Non-Members: Standard Guest Fee
Thank you for Smoking (2005)
In Thank you for Smoking, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) represents Big Tobacco from his position in the Academy of Tobacco Studies. His chief nemesis is Senator Finisterre (William H. Macy) who fully opposes industry interests. Naylor’s boss, BR (J.K. Simmons), wants to sell cigarettes knowing that they are addictive, so his representative in the Academy decides to get more tobacco products represented in films. He even offers a lot of money to the original Marlboro Man, Lorne Lutch (Sam Elliott), who is dying of cancer, so that he either keep quiet about his disease or donate the money to charity. Naylor finds himself kidnapped, seduced by a reporter to get more information about Big Tobacco and thereafter exposed, and ultimately ends up in front of Senator Finisterre’s committee. When the tobacco industry is forced to pay billions of dollars, Naylor looks for other clients (representative for seal clubbers?). The film provides a cynical and almost surreal view of big business and those who would support it at all costs.
Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine during the film, as well as post-film discussion with film buff, Jim Clauss.
Sponsored by Reckless Video.