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The only son of Ivan Reitman -- the director of classic comedies such as Stripes (1981) and Ghostbusters (1984) -- Jason Reitman was born Oct. 19, 1977, in Montreal. As a boy, he often found himself on his father's movie sets, so it was only a matter of time till he began experimenting with his own films.

Reitman nearly walked away from the craft, however, in favor of a medical career. After ending his pre-med studies and graduating from film school, he specialized in short films and commercials, premiering two shorts at Sundance: Operation (1998) and In God We Trust (2000). Thank You for Smoking (2005) marked his first foray into feature-length movies.

Reitman's second feature, Juno (2007), earned him critical acclaim and an Oscar nod for Best Director. Two years later, he scored a Golden Globe nomination for directing and his first win for co-writing Up in the Air, along with Oscar nods in the same categories.

Jason Reitman in Juno

Juno

2007 PG-13

Facing an unplanned pregnancy while she's still in high school, quirky teen Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) devises a plan to locate her unborn baby's perfect adoptive parents. But the seemingly ideal couple (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner) Juno chooses still has some growing up to do. Michael Cera co-stars in this offbeat coming-of-age comedy with an Oscar-winning original screenplay penned by Diablo Cody.

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