Born on October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Jason Reitman is a Canadian director and screenwriter of Slovakian descent.
He is the son of well-known action/comedy director Ivan Reitman, but his career has so far tended more towards introspective comedies about outcasts negotiating their positions in life. He frequently collaborates with screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Works he was involved in:
- Ghostbusters II (1989, bit part) as Brownstone Boy #2
- In God We Trust (2000 short film, as director and screenwriter)
- Thank You for Smoking (2005, as director/screenwriter)
- Juno (2007, as director)
- Up in the Air (2009, as director and screenwriter)
- Young Adult (2011, as director)
- Labor Day (2013, as director and screenwriter)
- Men, Women & Children (2014, as director and co-screenwriter)
- Casual (2015-, as executive producer, and director on some episodes)
- Tully (2018, as director)
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2020, as director and co-screenwriter)
Tropes associated with his work include:
- Humans Are Flawed: Reitman admitted in an interview he loves to make movies about questionable human beings and exploring that persons flaws and humanity.
- The Film of the Book: Many of his films are based on books and Reitman continues to find books to make movies on.
- Production Posse:
- He has served as a director to three of Diablo Cody's scripts, working on Juno, Young Adult, and Tully.
- All of his feature films aside from Tully have had J. K. Simmons in a supporting role.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Jason's movies like Thank You For Smoking. Young Adult, and even Up In The Air are more the cynical end but his entire filmography is human at heart.