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Training Day Reviewed
On March 24, 2002, Denzel Washington received Hollywood's most coveted award, an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Training Day. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone magazine, called the movie, "Knockout Action Entertainment. Denzel is a sparking, snapping live wire."

The movie received an "R" rating, clearly enhancing the attraction to younger audiences -- and who's checking IDs at the local video store? MASCOT's review found Training Day to be a high profile, hard-hitting action, and major smoking imagery, movie.
Training Day

Undercover Cop, Alonzo Harris: "Man the F*#& Up!"
Man the F*#& Up!
In an early scene of the film, Alonzo Harris, played by Washington, stops his car in the middle of an intersection and puts a gun to the head of rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke). Harris instructs the rookie to smoke a marijuana pipe. When Hoyt refuses, Harris gives Hoyt an ultimatum -- smoke or else. The scene ends after Hoyt takes a couple hits. Harris breaks out in laughter and repeatedly says, "Man the F*#& Up. Man the F*#& Up, my nigga!"
Snoop Doggy Dogg Cameo Appearance
What's Up, sucker?
Training Day highlights a number of fresh new street stars. Along with Denzel, we see a cameo performance by rap music star, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Officers Harris and Hoyt drive up to a corner to find Snoop sitting in a wheel chair. Snoop rolls over to the vehicle and asks:
"What you need, homie?" [Hoyt] ", crack. $20 bucks worth."
[Snoop] "Crack? Smells like bacon up in this mutherf*#&er. What? Do I look like a sucker to you, nigga? F*#& you, rookie!"
Smoking Woman Stereotype
Get outta my house!
In a subsequent scene, film director, Antoine Fuqua, continues a familiar smoking stereotype. After Harris and Hoyt bust into a woman's home, the female actress lights up a cigarette. Throughout the scene, the camera focuses on the smoking woman. And while it is common knowledge today that secondhand cigarette smoke presents serious health risks to growing kids, the woman continually smokes around her son in the closed home environment.
Sophisticated Smoking Stereotypes
Sophisticated smoking
Throughout the movie, the smoking scenes can generally be described in "ghetto" themes. Clearly, film director Antoine Fuqua did not want to leave a class bias in his movie. As movie viewers are developing the idea Harris is a "crooked" cop, he meets a group of detectives in a swanky bar. The group discusses Harris' future while swilling fine wine and smoking cigars. Fuqua leaves a lasting impression how the rich and famous smoke.
Miscellaneous Smoking Stereotypes
Symbolic smoking imagery
In the final scenes, Harris takes rookie cop Hoyt into a Hispanic bario. As the two walk into a house, film viewers see a number of subliminal smoking images. While these are quick shots, it is difficult not to notice a smoking woman (shown at left). The camera then pans to a young girl working on an iMac computer. Again, blatant disregard for smoking around kids or exposing them to secondhand smoke. Harris leaves Hoyt to play poker with a table of tough Hispanic males. One has a cigarette behind his ear (center) and the camera catches the cigarette pack laying on the table in a couple of scenes (right).

The tobacco industry can't get better advertising than this. Training Day effectively markets tobacco imagery to African Americans, Hispanics, rappers, women and sophisticates. That's quite a day's work, even for Philip Morris executives...