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Jake Kasdan

Highest Rated:   79% The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Lowest Rated:   17% Sex Tape (2014)
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Birthplace:   Detroit, Michigan, USA
Rather than make his name writing splashy blockbusters akin to his father Lawrence Kasdan's breakthrough script for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Jake Kasdan earned his prodigy stripes with the sly, low-budget film Zero Effect (1998) and his astute direction on several acclaimed TV series. Born in Detroit, Kasdan was immersed in filmmaking since his early childhood. Growing up on his father's sets, Kasdan appeared onscreen in The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985), and The Accidental Tourist (1988), but he knew that he really wanted to direct. Becoming a playwright while still in high school, Kasdan also worked as a production assistant on his father's mid-life crisis drama Grand Canyon (1991) and penned a behind-the-scenes book about the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994). Though the book was scrapped after Wyatt Earp tanked at the box office, Kasdan established a positive relationship with cast member Bill Pullman that would soon help Kasdan's nascent movie career. Dropping out of college to focus on his writing full-time, Kasdan subsequently started directing with a stage production of one of his works at the Hollywood Playhouse. Ready to write and direct his first film, and publicly noting that nepotism didn't guarantee him anything, Kasdan managed to sign Pullman to play the lead for his detective comedy Zero Effect. Featuring Pullman as brilliant, agoraphobic detective Daryl Zero and Ben Stiller as his edgy associate and public representative, Zero Effect's clever, offbeat humor and excellent performances boded well for the then-24-year-old Kasdan, although more than one critic noted that the pacing was too low-key for the film's good.Further honing his skills on TV, Kasdan's wry sensibility adroitly complemented the almost painfully funny, emotionally authentic youth series Freaks and Geeks (1991) and Undeclared (2001). Despite critical accolades, however, Freaks and Geeks lasted only one season and Undeclared foundered in the ratings. Kasdan also helped give an extra insider edge to the witty teen soap spoof Grosse Pointe (2000), but it too failed to last beyond one TV season. Kasdan's proven ability with smart, teen-based comedy, though, earned him the directing job for Orange County (2002). Starring Jack Black and Hollywood progeny Colin Hanks and Schuyler Fisk, and scripted by Chuck and Buck's (2001) unconventional Mike White, Orange County seemed like an ideal match for Kasdan. The released film, however, was a disappointingly watered-down version of White and Kasdan's comic strengths.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Director
2017
17% Sex Tape
  • Executive Producer
$34.3M 2014
66% Friends With Kids
  • Producer
$5.7M 2012
44% Bad Teacher
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
$100.3M 2011
No Score Yet Shades of Ray
  • Executive Producer
2008
74% Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Director
  • Producer
$18.4M 2007
64% The TV Set
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$35k 2007
46% Orange County
  • Director
$41.1M 2002
64% Zero Effect
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1997
79% The Accidental Tourist
  • Actor
1988
76% Silverado
  • Stable Boy
$33.2M 1985
68% The Big Chill
  • Autograph Seeker
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Speechless
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Fresh Off the Boat
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
93% New Girl
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
93% The Grinder
2015-2016
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
42% Weird Loners
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2015
74% Ben and Kate
2012-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2013
  • 2012
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
  • Director
  • 2000
  • 1999

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