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.
What begins as a short ride turns into a life-changing event for divorced single mother Adele Wheeler and her 13-year-old son, Henry, when they give a lift to a bloodied man on a fateful Labor Day weekend.