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March 30, 2006 - Image 83

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-03-30

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GRAND RE-OPENING

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Director-writer Jason Reitman
on the set of Thank You for

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Father's Day.
screenplay.
"lAre spent time together Nvhen I
"The book spoke to me,"
was younger, and I was probably as
he said. "I read the first lines,
inquisitive as Joey:' Reitman said.
and I was immediately taken
"My father shaped who I am as
by Buckley's sense of humor,
a human being — both my parents
the attitude of Nick, the kind
did;' he said. "My grandfather was a
of Libertarian nature to the
Holocaust survivor, and he always told
book's politics.
my father to be a mentsh. My father
"It just caught me at the
always wanted the same for me
right time, and it was saying
Unlike the novel, which has no
things I always thought."
Novelist Christopher Buckley, son of theme except, perhaps, the folly of
conservative/Libertarian icon William greed, the movie of Thank You For
Smoking -- as funny and satiric as it
F. Buckley Jr., has a Hitchcock-like
is — has an old-fahioned moral.
cameo in the movie but had no other.
"This is a movie about.parenting,"
involvement in the production. In an
Reitman said. "I had two fantastic
interview on National Public Radio,
parents. And they taught me to be an
the novelist called Reitman's film "a
independent thinker."
marvelously faithful adaptation.'
"If you tell yourkids not to smoke,
"Hearing his wonderful lines, I was
not only is it not very useful, they
thinking, `Did I write that?" Buckley
probably will go out and smoke, just
said. "Going back to the book — No, I
because you told them not to. But, if
didn't."
you teach them to be effective think-
Readers of the 1994 novel will
ers, they can weigh the evidence,
immediately recognize one major
which is actually pretty damning."
difference: While Naylor's son plays
a pivotal role in the movie, he's only
mentioned in passing in Buckley's
book.
"Expanding the role of the son did
Thank You for Smoking opens
two things:' Reitman said. "First, it
Friday, March 31, in area theaters.
gave Nick a chance to explain what he
Check your local movie listings.
does and why he does it in an hon-
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est way. Throughout the movie — and
the book — he talks about doing it to
`pay the mortgage,
which is glib, cute
— but I don't think
it's honest.
"Second, Joey is
a way for the audi-
ence to like Nick. If
Joey likes Nick, we
can like Nick."
Reitman is
the son of Ivan
Reitman, the
Slovakian-born
director of block-
buster comedies.
As a child, Jason
appeared in cam-
eos in many of
his father's films,
including Twins,
Aaron Eckhart stars as a national spokesman for the
Ghostbusters
tobacco industry in Thank You for Smoking.

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