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Replace Katie Holmes, and you've got a fine movie. - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
April 14th, 2006
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Replace Katie Holmes, and you've got a fine movie.
As I think about it, each movie that I can recall her in would have been better with, say, Mary-Louise Parker in her place. Or a flowering plum tree.


I invite you to rewrite Batman Begins featuring a potted plant, and I think you'll find it an enjoyable screenplay. But that's not my point. My point is that I've just seen "Thank You for Smoking". Maria Bello, Rob Lowe, J.K. Simmons, Wm H. Macy, Robert Duvall, and (if only I were so lucky) a hanging fern.

When I first saw the trailers for this movie, I was in a cranky place (crankier than now, if that helps), and my thought was "pity so many of my favorite stars are in that, as I'll never see such a movie". Somewhere between points A and B, however, I changed my mind, and went out to see it. Quite an enjoyable movie. Yes, it's about defending the Tobacco Industry. Sort of. It is and it isn't. It's as much about that as, say, "Saved!" was about bringing people to Christ.

The movie has an excellent cast, and like many of my favorite films of late, the best moments are the bits in between lines - the bits where the actors are given a moment to absorb the momentum of the scene. Or, where they get a chance to mug for the camera. Perhaps this is the same thing.

As good as the cast was the writing - and it's gratifying to see good actors having fun with a good script. Macy is as blustery as ever, Lowe is goofy in a new and different way, and Eckhart ties it all together ties it together with a disarming charm - without which, the movie could easily be menacing and dark.


Good show, probably not something to bring the kids to. If you only see it on cable, you won't lose much.

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From:scoreboard
Date:April 15th, 2006 04:30 am (UTC)

GREAT book...

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...although I am told the movie ends differently. How differently, I'll need to see...but if they severely twisted it, I will be most peeved. Because Chris Buckley did a bangup job with it, especially if you've ever lived or worked in DC's primary industry.

(although I must say, the Valley isn't that different...lots of methane byproduct from both ;] )
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From:tsmaster
Date:April 15th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)

Re: GREAT book...

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Yeah, I heard Buckley interviewed about the movie, and that may have been what got me interested in seeing it.

If I recall the interview correctly, the interviewer asked him about the memorable quotes from the movie, and Buckley said that he went back to his book to see how many of them he had originally written, and he was disappointed to find that they weren't his, but added in the moviefying process.

Still, I'm interested in reading the original book.
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From:keelamonster
Date:April 17th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)

Re: GREAT book...

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You should read this book, and every other Christopher Buckley book ever. He's hilarious. And you should read CEO OF The Sofa by PJ O'Rourke, as he talks about his best friend, who happens to be Christopher Buckley.

Actually you should read all of O'Rourke's books too. He's even better than BUckley. Well, maybe not BETTER, but definitely easily as good.
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