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Ivan Reitman

Lowest Rated:   0% Killing Me Softly (2003)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bastards
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Baywatch
  • Producer
2017
73% Ghostbusters
  • Producer
$128.4M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads
  • Actor
2016
60% Draft Day
  • Director
  • Producer
$21.2M 2014
62% Hitchcock
  • Producer
$6.1M 2012
49% No Strings Attached
  • Producer
  • Director
$70.3M 2011
51% Chloe
  • Producer
$31.1M 2010
91% Up in the Air
  • Producer
$83.8M 2009
8% Post Grad
  • Producer
$6.3M 2009
84% I Love You, Man
  • Executive Producer
$71.3M 2009
32% The Uninvited
  • Executive Producer
$28.6M 2009
45% 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
46% Eurotrip
  • Executive Producer
$17.8M 2003
42% Evolution
  • Producer
  • Director
$37.6M 2001
57% Road Trip
  • Producer
  • Executive 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
19% Commandments
  • Executive Producer
1997
80% Private Parts
  • Producer
1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift
  • Executive Producer
1996
37% Space Jam
  • Producer
1996
34% Junior
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
27% Beethoven's 2nd
  • Executive Producer
1994
94% Dave
  • Producer
  • Director
1993
31% Beethoven
  • Executive Producer
1992
4% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Producer
1992
51% Kindergarten Cop
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
51% Ghostbusters 2
  • Director
  • Producer
1989
34% Twins
  • Producer
  • Director
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
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Director
1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
  • Producer
  • Director
1984
18% Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
  • Executive Producer
1983
57% Heavy Metal
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1981
86% Stripes
  • Producer
  • Director
1981
75% Meatballs
  • Director
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet Blackout (New York Blackout)
  • Executive Producer
1978
91% National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Producer
1978
No Score Yet Cannibal Girls
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Producer
1973

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