Thank you for smoking
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”.