Jason Reitman

Director, Writer, Producer
While second-generation filmmaker Jason Reitman grew up in the comic shadow of his father, director Ivan Reitman of "Ghostbusters" (1984) fame, he had no problem establishing his own individuality and point of view ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1977 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Director (12)

Men, Women & Children 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Labor Day 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Office 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Juno 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Consent 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Gulp 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

In God We Trust 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Operation 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Bonzai Shadowhands (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (12)

Demolition 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Men, Women & Children 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Whiplash 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Labor Day 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jeff Who Lives At Home 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Whiplash 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ceremony 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Young Adult 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chloe 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jennifer's Body 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

In God We Trust 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (7)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Don't You Forget About Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

Wrong Kid in Alley (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Vice President's Son (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

2nd Brownstone Boy (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Granger Grandson (Actor)
Writer (6)

Men, Women & Children 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Labor Day 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

(current adaptation) (Screenplay)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Consent 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In God We Trust 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (2)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

While second-generation filmmaker Jason Reitman grew up in the comic shadow of his father, director Ivan Reitman of "Ghostbusters" (1984) fame, he had no problem establishing his own individuality and point of view, earning significant acclaim in his own right. Reitman cut his teeth directing commercials and went on to develop his satirical style as a short filmmaker. He successfully brought his wry social commentary to feature films with "Thank You for Smoking" (2006), an adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel about a slick lobbyist for the tobacco industry, starring Aaron Eckhart. He went on to direct the indie success story of 2007, "Juno," showcasing Ellen Page in a coming-of-age story that balanced breezy pop culture references with real heart. When Reitman's follow-up feature "Up in the Air" (2009) was released to nearly unanimous critical applause, the former indie talent went wide as one of Hollywood's best new filmmakers, giving his father a run for his money at the box office and in the all-important critical arena.

Relationships

Michele Lee Screenplay

Wife
Married in September 2004 Reitman filed for divorce in June 2011

Josephine Reitman Screenplay

Daughter
Born in October 2006 mother, Michele Lee

Catherine Reitman Actor

Sister

Ivan Reitman Actor

Father
Famed director of "Stripes" (1981), "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Twins" (1988)

Caroline Reitman Actor

Sister

Genevieve Robert Actor

Mother
French Canadian from Quebec became a full time mother after her son was born

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Was a member of the comedy troupe Commedus Interuptus and had a short stint as co-host of a morning radio show

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs , New York
Only lasted a single semester in which he nearly failed(pre-med)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Was a member of the comedy troupe Commedus Interuptus and had a short stint as co-host of a morning radio show

Harvard-Westlake

North Hollywood , California 1995

Milestones

2011

Directed Charlize Theron in Diablo Cody written "Young Adult"; also produced

2009

Wrote and directed "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney as a traveler who is fanatic about collecting his ten millionth frequent flier mile; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and a Directors Guild nomination for Outstanding Directoria

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture ("Up in the Air")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("Up in the Air")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Up in the Air")

2009

Produced the film "Jennifer's Body," a horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox

2007

Directed second feature, the festival favorite "Juno," co-starring Ellen Page and written by Diablo Cody; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination and an Oscar nomination for Best Director

2006

Helmed first feature length film, the controversial "Thank You for Smoking"

2006

Formed the production company Hard C Productions with producing partner Daniel Dubiecki

2004

Directed and co-wrote with wife Michele Lee, "Consent"

2000

Helmed the short film "In God We Trust"; also premiered at Sundance

2000

Signed with the commercial production company Tate and Partners; directed commercials for Heineken, BMW and Burger King

1998

Wrote, directed and appeared in his first short film "Operation"; premiered at Sundance

1992

At 15, made an AIDS public service announcement with high school friends; film went on to win several awards and played on network television

1990

At 13, worked as production assistant on "Kindergarten Cop"; directed by his father

Bonus Trivia

.

"All of us have things to say and we just don't know how. Movies are kind of my way of dealing with my inner questions." – Reitman to USA Today, Sept. 1, 2009

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"A lot of directors can have a God complex. They want to make sure they control everything – what you see, what you feel, what you know, what the message is. It says a lot about his lack of ego that he doesn't want to control all ends of it, and leaves some of that up to the viewer. It's very telling, and the sign of a classy filmmaker at an early age." – Jason Bateman on Reitman to USA Today, Sept. 1, 2009

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"I like tricky characters. I like the tough stuff. I don't like traditional plot lines." – Reitman quoted to Empire magazine, January 2010

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