Jason Reitman is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter, and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult. As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy award and four Academy Award nominations, two of…
Date Of Birth
October 19, 1977
Place Of Birth
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Businessperson, Television Director
Harvard-Westlake School, University of Southern California
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Director – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Critics Cho…
Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult, Men, Women & Children, Labor Day, Thank You for Smoking, Jennifer’s Body, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Dave, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Fathers’ Day, Tully, Sex and the City 2, Secretariat, What Doesn’t Kill You, Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wri…
Films typically revolve around characters who are brashly self-confident, but begin to rethink their lives and responsibilities.
Highly subjective narration by the main character
Elaborate opening title sequences in all of his films
Theme of generational gap between older and younger characters (Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009)).
Comedy films touching on serious subjects (Media spin and the dangers of cigarettes in Thank You for Smoking (2005), teen pregnancy in Juno (2007), economic downturn in Up in the Air (2009)).
I like to tell original stories, and the most simplistic argument would be that if you want to tell original stories, tell stories about women.
I always refer to a piece of advice my father gave me the night before I started shooting ‘Thank You for Smoking’. He said, ‘Always remember: it’s not your job to be funny. Your barometer for comedy is nowhere as good as your barometer for truth.
I don’t want to make films that give you the answer. If there is a message to my films – and I hope there isn’t – it’s to be open-minded.
Do you know how many times I get asked if I want to do Ghostbusters 3? Looking at my career so far, I mean if you just looked at my two films, I would make the most boring Ghostbusters movie. It would just be people talking about ghosts, there wouldn’t be any ghost-busting in it.
Being the son of a filmmaker, you are aware of a career as a director. You don’t think of it as just movies, but as a life. I couldn’t help but wonder how my life was going to go … One film does not make a career.
His ancestry is Czech Jewish (father) and French-Canadian (mother).
Graduate of the University of Southern California, where he was an English major.
Graduated from Harvard-Westlake School (North Hollywood, CA) in 1995
In the opening-title sequence of Thank You for Smoking (2005), which used the graphic motif of traditional cigarette cartons, Jason’s credit is accompanied by the text “Est’d 1977.” This is his year of birth.