Thank You For Smoking

Rokok. Siapa sih yang nggak kenal sama benda silinder yang addictive ini? Well, di post ini gue nggak akan ngebahas tentang rokok dan bahayanya. Engga. Buat apa? Kalian toh lebih paham betapa pentingnya merokok untuk mengurangi populasi penduduk dunia. Yang akan gue bahas di sini adalah film yang berjudul Thank You For Smoking.

Film ini bercerita tentang Nick Naylor, dia adalah seorang lobbyist dari perusahaan tobacco. Job description-nya adalah membela perusahaan itu mati-matian dari segala tuntutan, padahal rokok itu jelas-jelas salah. Tapi, dengan kekuatan argumennya, Nick bisa melakukan pekerjaannya dengan baik.

Yang gue salutin di film ini adalah kekuatan dialog dan argumentasinya. Well, di sini gue hadirkan beberapa dialog favorit gue:

[Nick Naylor and his son arguing about ice cream]
Joey: So, what happens when you’re wrong?
Nick: Well, Joey, I’m never wrong.
Joey: But you can’t always be right.
Nick: Well, if it’s your job to be right, then you’re never wrong.
Joey: But what if you are wrong?
Nick: Okay, let’s say that you’re defending chocolate and I’m defending vanilla. Now, if I were to say to you, “Vanilla’s the best flavor ice cream”, you’d say …?
Joey: “No, chocolate is.”
Nick: Exactly. But you can’t win that argument. So, I’ll ask you: So you think chocolate is the end-all and be-all of ice cream, do you?
Joey: It’s the best ice cream; I wouldn’t order any other.
Nick: Oh. So it’s all chocolate for you, is it?
Joey: Yes, chocolate is all I need.
Nick: Well, I need more than chocolate. And for that matter, I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom and choice when it comes to our ice cream, and that, Joey Naylor, that is the definition of liberty.
Joey: But that’s not what we’re talking about.
Nick: Ah, but that’s what I’m talking about.
Joey: But … you didn’t prove that vanilla’s the best.
Nick: I didn’t have to. I proved that you’re wrong, and if you’re wrong, I’m right.
Joey: But you still didn’t convince me.
Nick: Because I’m not after you. I’m after them.

Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Please state your name, address, and current occupation.
Nick: My name is Nick Naylor. I live at 6000 Massachusetts Avenue. I am currently unemployed but until recently I was the Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Mr. Naylor, as Vice President of the Academy of Tobacco Studies, what was required of you? What did you do?
Nick: I informed the public of all the research performed in the investigation on the effects of tobacco.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: And what, so far, has the Academy concluded in their investigation into the effects of tobacco?
Nick: Well, many things actually. Why just the other day they uncovered evidence that smoking can offset Parkinson’s disease.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: I’m sure the health community is thrilled. Mr. Naylor, who provides the financial background for the Academy of Tobacco Studies?
Nick: Conglomerated tobacco.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That’s the cigarette companies.
Nick: For the most part, yes.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Do you think that might affect their priorities?
Nick: No. Just as, I’m sure, campaign contributions don’t affect yours.
Audience laughs
Senator Lothridge: Mr. Naylor is not here to testify on the goings on of the Academy of Tobacco Studies. We’re hear to examine the possibility of a warning label on cigarettes. Now, Mr. Naylor, I have to ask you out of formality, do you believe that smoking cigarettes, over time, can lead to lung cancer and lead to other respiratory conditions such as emphysema.
Nick: Yes. In fact, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who really believes that cigarettes are not potentially harmful. I mean — show of hands — Who out here thinks that cigarettes aren’t dangerous?
Senator Dupree: Mr. Naylor, there’s no need for theatrics.
Nick: I’m sorry. I just don’t see the point in a warning label for something people already know.
Senator Dupree: The warning symbol is a reminder, a reminder of the dangers of smoking cigarettes.
Nick: Well, if we want to remind people of danger why don’t we slap a skull and crossbones on all Boeing airplanes, Senator Lothridge. And all Fords, Senator Dupree.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That is ridiculous. The death toll from airline and automobile accidents doesn’t even skim the surface cigarettes. They don’t even compare.
Nick: Oh, this from a Senator who calls Vermont home.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: I don’t follow you, Mr. Naylor.
Nick: Well, the real demonstrated #1 killer in America is cholesterol. And here comes Senator Finistirre whose fine state is, I regret to say, clogging the nation’s arteries with Vermont cheddar cheese. If we want to talk numbers, how about the millions of people dying of heart attacks? Perhaps Vermont cheddar should come with a skull and crossbones.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: That is lu– The great state of Vermont will not apologize for its cheese!
Senator Lothridge: Mr. Naylor, we are here to discuss cigarettes — not planes, not cars — cigarettes. Now as we discussed earlier these warning labels are not for those who know but rather for those who don’t know. What about the children?
Nick: Gentlemen, it’s called education. It doesn’t come off the side of a cigarette carton. It comes from our teachers, and more importantly our parents. It is the job of every parent to warn their children of all the dangers of the world, including cigarettes, so that one day when they get older they can choose for themselves. I look at my son who was kind enough to come with me today, and I can’t help but think that I am responsible for his growth and his development. And I’m proud of that.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Well, having said that, would you condone him smoking?
Nick: Well, of course not. He’s not 18. That would be illegal.
Senator Ortolan Finistirre: Yes, I’ve heard you deliver that line on 20/20, but enough dancing. What are you going to do when he turns 18? C’mon, Mr. Naylor. On his 18th birthday will you share a cigarette with him? Will you spend a lovely afternoon — like one of your ludicrous cigarette advertisements? You seem to have to have a lot to say about how we should raise our children. What of your own? What are you going to do when he turns 18?
Nick: If he really wants a cigarette, I’ll buy him his first pack.
Cool, huh? Well, just enjoy the film! :) 

When you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.” Nick Naylor ~ Thank You For Smoking

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