Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman

Highest Rated: 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984)

Lowest Rated: 0% Killing Me Softly (2003)

Birthday: Oct 27, 1946

Birthplace: Not Available

Born in Czechoslovakia, producer/director Ivan Reitman was raised in Canada by his concentration camp-survivor parents. After majoring in music at McMasters University, Reitman got his first taste of the line of work that was to bring him fame and fortune when he attended summer classes at the National Film Board. Here he directed his first short subjects, one of which received mainstream distribution. Encouraged by the Film Board to follow his own creative muse, Reitman was irresistibly attracted to "dangerous," cutting-edge material. His first feature-length directorial project, a 1970 adaptation of the notorious sub rosa Victorian sex novel My Secret Life, nearly landed him in jail. He went on to direct, produce, edit, and score the mildly exploitive Foxy Lady (1971), then directed and produced the horror semi-spoof Cannibal Girls (1973); the latter project represented his first cinematic contact with the famed Second City comedy troupe. In between handling the producing chores on several early David Cronenberg movie projects, Reitman produced Doug Henning's 1974 Broadway musical The Magic Show, then renewed his acquaintance with the Second City folk by producing The National Lampoon Show (1975). He helped elevate John Belushi to film stardom with his spectacularly successful 1978 production National Lampoon's Animal House, then did the same for Bill Murray in his 1979 directorial effort Meatballs, which ended up the biggest-grossing Canadian film of the year. After flirting with the Cinema of the Fantastic in his productions Heavy Metal (1981) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), Reitman deftly combined fantasy and comedy with his direction of the 1984 cash cow Ghostbusters (once more populated with Second City stalwarts, notably Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Rick Moranis, and Harold Ramis). Though he has earned his comic stripes as a director, Reitman continues to produce and executive produce other director's projects, notably the runaway hit Beethoven (1991). While he seems to have an unerring Midas touch, not every Reitman project has turned to box-office gold: After helping to give Arnold Schwarzenegger a lighter, more amusing image in Kindergarten Cop (1990), he failed to do same with Sylvester Stallone in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1991); nor was the Schwarzenegger-Danny De Vito vehicle Junior (1994) able to match the success of the stars' earlier pairing in Reitman's Twins (1988). After a few ups and downs in the early '90s, Reitman was way back up with Dave (1993), an uncharacteristically low-key political satire. In the summer of 2001, the man who brought fans Ghostbusters was back with another summer sci-fi comedy extravaganza, Evolution. With the exception of the television comedy pilot Cooking Lessons, Reitman would mainly stick to producing in the early years of the new millennium, though after playing a kew role in bringing such comedy hits as Old School and Road Trip to the screen, it was finally time to step back into the director's chair for the 2006 comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend. A fun-filled fantasy comedy detailing the revenge of a needy superhero against the man who dumped her, My Super Ex-Girlfriend starred Uma Thurman as the eponymous dumpee, and Luke Wilson as the man who had to let her go.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Ghostbusters: Afterlife Producer 2020
17% Father Figures Producer $16.8M 2017
17% Baywatch Producer $58.1M 2017
74% Ghostbusters Producer $128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads Actor 2016
59% Draft Day Producer Director $21.2M 2014
60% Hitchcock Producer $6.1M 2012
49% No Strings Attached Director Screenwriter Producer $70.4M 2011
51% Chloe Producer $31.1M 2010
91% Up in the Air Producer $83.8M 2009
8% Post Grad Producer $6.3M 2009
83% I Love You, Man Executive Producer $71.4M 2009
31% The Uninvited Executive Producer $28.6M 2009
46% Hotel for Dogs Executive Producer $73.1M 2009
69% Disturbia Executive Producer $80.1M 2007
40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend Director $22.5M 2006
57% Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Comedy Gold: The Hilarious Story of Canadian Comedy Actor 2006
0% Killing Me Softly Executive Producer 2003
60% Old School Executive Producer $74.7M 2003
47% Eurotrip Executive Producer $17.8M 2003
43% Evolution Producer Director $37.6M 2001
58% Road Trip Executive Producer Producer 2000
No Score Yet Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood Hero Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion Actor 1998
36% Six Days, Seven Nights Producer Director 1998
25% Fathers' Day Director Producer 1997
24% Commandments Executive Producer 1997
75% Private Parts Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift Executive Producer 1996
43% Space Jam Producer 1996
36% Junior Director Producer 1994
23% Beethoven's 2nd Executive Producer 1994
95% Dave Producer Director 1993
30% Beethoven Executive Producer 1992
8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Producer 1992
50% Kindergarten Cop Producer Director 1990
53% Ghostbusters 2 Director Producer 1989
44% Twins Director Producer 1988
20% Feds Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet Casual Sex? Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet Big Shots Producer Executive Producer 1987
47% Legal Eagles Producer Actor Director 1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Producer Director 1984
25% Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Executive Producer 1983
60% Heavy Metal Producer Screenwriter 1981
86% Stripes Producer Director 1981
74% Meatballs Producer Director 1979
73% Rabid Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Blackout (New York Blackout) Executive Producer 1978
90% National Lampoon's Animal House Producer 1978
No Score Yet Cannibal Girls Executive Producer Director Producer 1973


No Score Yet The Movies That Made Us


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