Tag Archives: Jason Reitman

The Front Runner

THE WEEK AMERICA WENT TABLOID.  As Democratic senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) embarks in 1987 on another campaign for the presidency, reporters get wind of a possible extramarital affair… Matt Bai’s book showed us how American journalism was transformed because of the ”Monkey Business” scandal, but the impact is lessened onscreen, perhaps because we’ve seen … Continue reading The Front Runner

Twins

ONLY THEIR MOTHER CAN TELL THEM APART.  On his 35th birthday, Julius Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) learns that he has a twin brother somewhere in Los Angeles and leaves the South Pacific island where he was raised to find him. It’s easy to see what attracted the two stars to this comedy – imagining them as … Continue reading Twins

Young Adult

EVERYONE GETS OLD. NOT EVERYONE GROWS UP. 37-year-old, once successful young-adult writer Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) returns to her small Minnesota hometown with a mission: to woo her high-school boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), even though he’s a happily married dad. Jason Reitman reunited with Juno (2007) screenwriter Diablo Cody for another comedy, this time about a … Continue reading Young Adult

Thank You for Smoking

AMERICA IS LIVING IN SPIN. Tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) is faced with two challenges – coming up with a way to get modern consumers to spend more money on cigarettes, and getting to know his son (Cameron Bright) better. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason made his feature film debut with this impressive comedy, a … Continue reading Thank You for Smoking

Up in the Air: Shark on the Road

THE STORY OF A MAN READY TO MAKE A CONNECTION. Some people will see this film as too depressing to enjoy. Others will consider it a breezy comedy and not quite get what all the fuzz is about. Some will look at the film’s message and find comfort in the fact that they belong to … Continue reading Up in the Air: Shark on the Road

Juno: Girl, Interrupted

A COMEDY ABOUT GROWING UP… AND THE BUMPS ALONG THE WAY. Not many strippers start a blog where they write about their profession. Not many strippers are approached by a film producer offering her a book deal for a memoir. Not many strippers begin their new careers as screenwriters by first putting together a draft … Continue reading Juno: Girl, Interrupted