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Michael Lehmann

Highest Rated:   95% Heathers (1988)
Lowest Rated:   4% Because I Said So (2007)
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Birthplace:   San Francisco, California, USA
Director Michael Lehmann is best known for his quirky, jet-black comedies, although the late '90s and early 2000s found him delving into the worlds of episodic television and chick-flick romantic comedy. Before becoming a filmmaker, Lehmann studied painting at New York's School of Visual Arts. He then studied philosophy at Columbia University, and after graduating began studying in West Germany to be an academic. He then changed direction and became project manager for the video department at Zoetrope studios. Just as that company crumbled, he found himself accepted to the University of Southern California. He began his career after making his now-notorious thesis film, Beaver Gets a Boner (1988), for USC. This film attracted Hollywood interest, and he soon found himself represented by the prestigious William Morris Agency. In addition to his thesis, he also wrote a very strange screenplay that became his 1989 hit Heathers, the tale of two high-school outsiders who begin killing popular girls while making the deaths look like suicides. His 1991 film Meet the Applegates, which features actors dressed as giant beetles living in a suburban American home like any other family, made a bid for cult status but went nowhere; his next film, the mega-budgeted Bruce Willis vehicle Hudson Hawk (1991) was a notorious bomb.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Hunters
  • Screenwriter
2011
22% Flakes
  • Director
2007
4% Because I Said So
  • Director
2007
38% 40 Days and 40 Nights
  • Director
2002
19% My Giant
  • Director
1998
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs
  • Director
1996
92% Ed Wood
  • Executive Producer
1994
21% Airheads
  • Director
1994
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Director
1991
10% Meet the Applegates
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
95% Heathers
  • Director
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
21% The Beautiful Life
2009
  • Director
21% Outsourced
2010-2011
  • Director
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Director
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Director
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Director
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Director
80% Betas
2013-2014
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
53% The Brink
2015
  • Director
65% The Comeback
2005-2014
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
53% Blunt Talk
2015-2016
  • Director
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Director
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Director
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Director
55% Tyrant
2014
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
80% Dexter
2006-2013
  • Director
76% Scream Queens
2015
  • Director

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