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Thank you for smoking

January 26, 2009

I bought a copy of “Thank you for smoking” at Wal-Mart yesterday, and the checkout guy, who was about my age, was prompted by his cash register to ask me; “Are you at least seventeen?”  and then we both burst out laughing.

Thing is, this movie is rated R because it has naughty words in it, and also a little bit of sex though hardly in a heroic context.  But kids under seventeen are exactly who should see it. 

Hell, sixth-graders should see it.  Oh, they might pick up a naughty word or two, in the spectacularly unlikely event they have not heard them before.  But I think it might reduce the chances they’ll ever light up a cigarette.  Certainly more effective than the carefully-crafted “anti”-smoking messages funded by the tobacco companies as part of various court agreements.  Or if not, it’s just a very funny movie, a comedy whose main character is a tobacco company lobbyist.

Update: On the other hand, i did enjoy this message from RoboCop; “Thank You for not smoking”.

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  1. January 27, 2009 at 00:38 | #1

    I loved this moved. It played a lot to my Libertarian side (which I think is a pretty small side).

  2. Still Me
    January 27, 2009 at 09:24 | #2

    I’ll put it on my to-see list.  Thx.
    I also look forward to seeing Doubt, thanks to your mention of it.

  3. January 28, 2009 at 05:13 | #3

    LOL! I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of its anti-smoking message, because I’m about to go have a smoke after reading this.  But for people who never got addicted to smoking to begin with, it might just work.  And it’s just brilliant killer funny.

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