The Telegraph has a good expose of Jason Reitman, the libertarian director behind Thank You For Smoking:
[H]e describes his politics as “libertarian”.
As a Canadian citizen, he is not a member of either American party. “But I have a problem with both of them. The Democrats want to tell me how to spend my money and the Republicans want to tell me who to pray to.
“Americans have become hysterical in their mania for telling other people how to live, but I’m someone who wants personal choice and responsibility. And what amazed me when I went on a college tour across the US with my film was how much students related to Nick Naylor.”
The movie continues to smoulder nicely at the American box office, suggesting that many others share the sentiments.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, as I actually thought the wry humor might have been pointed back at the smoker’s right crowd, but my curiosity is piqued now that it seems this may be more of a personal responsibility flick than one that merely preaches anti-smoking rhetoric at the audience.