Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman


10/19/1977, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Born into the business by celebrated director Ivan Reitman, Jason has hit the map on his name alone. After a number of award-winning short films Jason directed (and wrote the screenplay) for his freshman feature-length film in 2005, Thank You For Smoking. In 2007, Jason released his sophomore…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006, Jason directed a Wal-Mart television commercial entitled "12 Minutes".

    • In 2001, Jason won the Moxie! Award at the Santa Monica Film Festival in the category of Best Contemporary Short Comedy for the 2000 film In God We Trust.

    • Jason is the son of director Ivan Reitman and Geneviève Robert. He's the brother of Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman.

    • Trying to put the questioning to rest, Jason states that he will not be directing a third Ghostbusters film.

    • In 2006, Jason was nominated for two awards at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for his 2005 film Thank You for Smoking; one in the category of Best Screenplay, Adapted and the other in the category of Most Promising Director.

    • Jason graduated from Harvard-Westlake School (located in North Hollywood, CA) in 1995.

    • In 2007, Jason won the Audience Award at the Stockholm Film Festival for the 2007 film Juno.

    • In 2000, Jason was nominated for the George Méliès Cinematography Award at the Taos Talking Picture Festival for the 2000 film In God We Trust.

    • In 2006, Jason won the WAFCA Award at the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards in the category of Best Screenplay, Adapted for the 2005 film Thank You for Smoking.

    • Jason married his wife Michele Lee on September 5, 2004. The two have had no children together and are still married.

    • Jason considers himself a libertarian.

    • Jason's favorite film of 2005 was The Squid and the Whale.

    • When Jason was 11 days old he was taken onto the set of Animal House. Jason says he doesn't remember it at all.

    • In 2007, Jason won the Audience Choice Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival in the category of Best Feature for the 2007 film Juno.

    • In 1990, Jason had the role credited as Kissing Boy in the film Kindergarten Cop. Jason also served as a production assistant for the film.

    • Jason stands at 5'11" or 1.80 m.

    • In 2000, Jason won the Short Film Award at the Austin Film Festival for the 2000 film In God We Trust, of which he wrote and directed.

  • Quotes

    • Jason: I was in the middle of writing a new screenplay, which I'll probably make as my third movie, and I read Juno and just fell in love with it, and knew I needed to make this. It came together very quickly; I came on board, we cast it, we were shooting it a few months later, it's happened very fast. It's a beautiful movie, and I'm thrilled by it.

    • Jason: 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.