Jason Reitman (born October 19, 1977 in Montreal, Canada) is a Canadian director and screenwriter of French-Canadian and Slovakian Jewish 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.
He is also the brother of actress Catherine Reitman.
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 (2015-2018, as executive producer, and director on some episodes)
- Tully (2018, as director)
- The Front Runner (2018, as director, co-screenwriter and producer)
- Home Movie: The Princess Bride (2020, as director)
- Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021, as director and co-screenwriter)
Tropes associated with his work include:
- Deadpan Snarker: His lead characters almost invariably have a very dry sense of humor.
- Humans Are Flawed: Most of his movies explore the flaws and humanity of questionable human beings.
- Manchild: Quite a few of his characters aren't exactly what you'd call very mature.
- Narrator: His first three films all involve narration from the lead characters.
- The Film of the Book: Many of his films are adaptations of books.
- 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: Somewhere in the middle. While Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult, and even Up In The Air are all fairly bitter, all of his films otherwise depict their characters with humanity and compassion.