Birth name Ivanco Reitman NationalityCanada Birth 27 october 1946 at Komárno Death 12 february 2022 (at 75 years) Awards Officer of the Order of Canada
Ivan Reitman, OC (born October 27, 1946) is a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 2000.
Né à Komárno en Tchécoslovaquie, il émigre à 4 ans avec sa famille au Canada.
Il est le père du réalisateur Jason Reitman, connu pour avoir réalisé les films Thank You for Smoking, Juno et In the Air, qu'Ivan produit.
Premiers pas artistiques
Après avoir remporté un prix de musique dans un concours inter-facultés, il produit et réalise pendant ses études plusieurs courts métrages comme The Guitar Thing (1967), Orientation (1968) et Freak Film (1968) seront ainsi diffusés par la télévision locale.
Après ses études, il fonde une société de distribution spécialisée dans le cinéma non commercial.
Peu après, il entre à la télévision en tant que producteur, où il fait la connaissance de Dan Aykroyd, auquel il confie la présentation d'une émission intitulée Greed.
Réalisateur de comédies indépendantes (années 1970)
Alors qu'il se lance dans la réalisation de son premier film, la comédie Foxy Lady, sortie en 1971, il produit plusieurs spectacles à Toronto, dont Spellbound, qui triomphera quelques années plus tard à Broadway sous le titre The Magic Show.
Il travaille ensuite pour le célèbre magazine satirique National Lampoon. Durant ces années, il réalise plusieurs longs-métrages : la comédie horrifique Cannibal Girls (1973), avec Eugene Levy et Andrea Martin, puis la potacherie Arrête de ramer, t'es sur le sable (1979) et la satire militaire Les Bleus (1981), toutes deux portées par Bill Murray. Parallèlement, il produit le futur film culte American College (National Lampoon's animal House) (1983), réalisé par John Landis, avec John Belushi. Le succès est fulgurant.
Réalisateur et producteur à succès (années 1980-1990)
Alors qu'il produit et met en scène à Broadway, la comédie musicale Merlin, l'acteur et humoriste Dan Aykroyd lui fait parvenir un scénario dans lequel il est question de chasseurs de fantômes. Le réalisateur accepte le projet, qui devient SOS Fantômes. Le cinéaste complète la distribution avec ses compères Bill Murray, Harold Ramis et Rick Moranis. Sorti en 1984, le film est un carton critique et commercial, surtout sur le territoire américain.
Devenu un réalisateur convoité, il accepte d'abord de produire et réaliser un projet traditionnel, le drame L'Affaire Chelsea Deardon (1986), qui lui permet de diriger Robert Redford et Daryl Hannah. Les critiques sont très mitigées et le box-office décevant.
Il accepte alors de se cantonner à des comédies aux concepts improbables : il dirige Arnold Schwarzenegger à trois reprises : pour les comédies Jumeaux (1988), avec Danny DeVito, Un flic à la maternelle (1990) et Junior (1994). Des succès commerciaux aux États-Unis.
Parallèlement, il retrouve ses comédiens de SOS Fantômes : Murray et sa bande pour la suite SOS Fantômes 2 (1989), qui rapporte la moitié du premier opus et convainc la moitié de la critique ; puis Sigourney Weaver pour la romance Président d'un jour (1993). Il dirige aussi deux valeurs sûres de la comédie américaine, Robin Williams et Billy Crystal pour la comédie Drôles de pères (1997).
Il conclue la décennie 1990 avec un flop, celui de la comédie d'aventures romantique 6 jours, 7 nuits (1998), portée par le tandem Harrison Ford / Anne Heche.
Échecs et remakes/suites (années 2000-2010)
Durant les années 2000, il revient au fantastique en mettant en scène David Duchovny en chasseur d'extra-terrestres dans la comédie Évolution(2001) puis imagine Uma Thurman en super-héroïne dans Ma super ex (2005). Un flop. Il ne renoue avec le box-office qu'en acceptant un projet de commande, la comédie romantique Sex Friends (2011), avec Natalie Portman et Ashton Kutcher.
Il s'essaie trois ans plus tard au drame avec Le Pari, porté par Kevin Costner.
Parallèlement à ces différentes réalisations, il produit plusieurs comédies, souvent des succès plus importants que ses propres films : la potacherie Arrête ou ma mère va tirer ! (1992), les deux premiers Beethoven (1992-1993) et Space Jam (1996), avec Michael Jordan et Bugs Bunny.
En 2006, il devient le producteur des remakes de la saga La Panthère rose.
En 2015, il produit le remake féminin de SOS Fantômes (Ghostbusters). Puis la suite de ses propres films, réalisés par son propre fils, Jason Reitman. Parallèlement, il développe le projet Triplets, suite de Jumeaux, toujours avec le duo Arnold Schwarzenegger / Danny DeVito, complété de Eddie Murphy.
, 1h55 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresComedy, Romantic comedy, Romance ActorsNatalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell Roles 'Secret High' Director (uncredited) Rating62% After first meeting at a summer camp as teenagers, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) run into each other a few times as young adults but never keep in touch. Emma becomes a doctor in Los Angeles, Adam a production assistant for a musical television show. Adam's father Alvin (Kevin Kline), the well-known star of a former hit television comedy series, has begun a romance with Adam's ex-girlfriend, Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond). Adam finds out, gets drunk and calls the women in his phone seeking a hookup. The next morning, he wakes on a sofa wearing nothing but a small towel. It turns out that he texted Emma and then came to the apartment she shares with some other residents—Patrice (Greta Gerwig), Shira (Mindy Kaling), and Guy (Guy Branum). Once there, he took off all his clothes and then passed out. Emma leads Adam to her bedroom to retrieve his missing pants and they end up having sex.
, 1h40 Directed byThor Freudenthal OriginUSA GenresComedy ThemesFilms about animals, Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Films about dogs, Musical films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère ActorsEmma Roberts, Jake Toranzo Austin, Troy Gentile, Kyla Pratt, Johnny Simmons, Lisa Kudrow Roles Self - Closing Credits Sequence (uncredited) Rating55% While in Central City, Louisiana, orphans Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) manage to sell a rock in a box to a pawn shop to buy food for their dog, Friday, a Jack Russell Terrier. However, they are quickly caught and marched off to the police station, where their social worker, Bernie Wilkins (Don Cheadle) picks them up and takes them back to their foster parents, Lois and Carl Scudder (Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon, respectively), who appear not to care for either Andi or Bruce. When the two demand to know where their foster children have been, Bernie covers for them, telling them that it was his fault they were late. Despite his sympathies towards the two siblings, he warns them that they are playing a dangerous game by deliberately getting into trouble in order to escape Carl and Lois, since they could get fostered separately, something that both orphans are desperate to avoid. During Bernie's visit, Friday returns home and Bruce quickly bustles Bernie out of the door, since Friday's presence is to be kept secret.
, 1h44 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Action, Comic science fiction ThemesFilms about religion, Comedy science fiction films, Ghost films, Political films, Comedy horror films, Dystopian films ActorsBill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson Roles Man Walking Outside Firehouse / Slimer (voice) (uncredited) Rating65% Five years after saving New York City from the demi-god Gozer, the Ghostbusters—Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore—have gone their separate ways after having been sued by the city for property damage and barred from investigating the supernatural, forcing them out of business. Ray owns an occult bookstore and works as an unpopular children's entertainer with Winston, Egon works in a laboratory on the Columbia University campus, conducting experiments into human emotion, and Peter hosts a pseudo-psychic television show. Peter's former girlfriend Dana Barrett has had a son, Oscar, with a violinist that she married then divorced when he received an offer to join the London Symphony Orchestra. In order to take care of her baby, Dana quit her former cellist profession and now works as a restorer at the fictional Manhattan Museum of Art, working to prepare a malevolent-looking portrait of a legendary sixteenth-century tyrant named Vigo the Carpathian of Moldavia for an upcoming exhibition.
, 1h49 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy-drama ThemesSports films, American football films ActorsKevin Costner, Frank Langella, Jennifer Garner, Tom Welling, Joe Manganiello, Chadwick Boseman Rating67% On the morning of the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City, Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, Mel Kiper Jr., and other analysts discuss the consensus first overall pick: Wisconsin quarterback Bo Callahan, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr., must decide how to use the seventh overall pick to improve his consistently losing team, but has other issues. He recently learned that his secret girlfriend Ali Parker, the team's salary cap analyst, is pregnant with his child. His father, Sonny Weaver Sr., coached the Browns before Weaver Jr. fired him, and died a week before the draft. His mother is upset at him for missing the reading of Weaver Sr.
, 1h55 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresComedy, Romantic comedy, Romance ActorsNatalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes, Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell Rating62% After first meeting at a summer camp as teenagers, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) run into each other a few times as young adults but never keep in touch. Emma becomes a doctor in Los Angeles, Adam a production assistant for a musical television show. Adam's father Alvin (Kevin Kline), the well-known star of a former hit television comedy series, has begun a romance with Adam's ex-girlfriend, Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond). Adam finds out, gets drunk and calls the women in his phone seeking a hookup. The next morning, he wakes on a sofa wearing nothing but a small towel. It turns out that he texted Emma and then came to the apartment she shares with some other residents—Patrice (Greta Gerwig), Shira (Mindy Kaling), and Guy (Guy Branum). Once there, he took off all his clothes and then passed out. Emma leads Adam to her bedroom to retrieve his missing pants and they end up having sex.
, 1h37 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresDrama, Science fiction, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Action, Crime, Romance ThemesSuperhero films, Children's films ActorsLuke Wilson, Uma Thurman, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes Rating51% After foiling a purse snatcher who tries to steal Jenny Johnson (Uma Thurman)'s purse on the subway, Matt (Luke Wilson) becomes Jenny's "hero" and starts dating this shy stranger. After several dates, Jenny displays increasingly neurotic and aggressive behavior, becoming more demanding and ultimately injuring Matt and destroying his bed the first time they have sex. Soon after, Jenny reveals to him that she is in fact the voluptuous blonde superheroine, G-Girl, who accidentally received powers such as flight, superhuman strength, speed, and senses, invulnerability, super breath, and heat vision after she was exposed to radiation from a crashed meteorite as a teenager. Jenny starts to become more controlling after she reveals her powers and Matt starts to lose his mind.
, 1h38 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresComedy ActorsRobin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nastassja Kinski, Bruce Greenwood, Charlie Hofheimer Rating53% Scott (Charlie Hofheimer), a 17-year-old kid, runs away from home with his girlfriend, Nikki (Haylie Johnson). His mother Collette (Nastassja Kinski), visits her ex-boyfriend, lawyer Jack Lawrence (Billy Crystal) and tells him that Scott is really his son and wants him to find him, to which he refuses. Writer Dale Putley (Robin Williams) is planning suicide when he gets a phone call from Collette, whom he is also another ex-boyfriend, and she tells him the same story and wants him found, to which he accepts. Realizing that his appointment with a client will make him stay over night, Jack changes his mind and decides to find Scott, starting with Russ (Charles Rocket), the father of Scott's girlfriend, where he and Dale meet. Thinking their sons are together, they go to the Marina to meet Scott's girlfriend's mother, Shirley (Patti D'Arbanville), and learn that they went following rock band Sugar Ray. But when she asks for a picture of their sons, and it is learned that Jack and Dale have been told the same story that they're Scott fathers and call to confront Collette. She confesses that she doesn't know, but begs them to find Scott then they'll settle the situation. The two agree and they head for Sacramento where they find Scott, drunk and lovestruck. Soon after, they bring him back to their hotel room, and the next day, Scott wakes up to the news of who they are and what's going on, and he doesn't take it lightly. While Dale watches him alone, Scott escapes by pouring coffee over Dale's testicles. Dale gets in touch with Jack and they head to Reno, where Sugar Ray is now at. In Reno, Scott meets up with Nikki and the gang they're hanging out with at a hotel, until he meets two drug dealers that he once took a job for involving $5,000 (to which he spent that money buying Nikki a necklace). He manages to escape but soon gets hit by a car, driven by Jack and Dale. Now with a broken arm, Scott demands Dale and Jack to leave him alone. But later that night, Scott opens up with why he ran away, and that it's because of Nikki; she's his first love, but his parents disapprove of her, and they argue. They start getting along, then Scott tells them about the drug dealers, so they decide to help him. They go back to the hotel with Scott in the car, but when Jack and Dale go inside, the two drug dealers spot Scott and attempt to kidnap him and later kill him until Scott takes off with Jack's rental car. Jack returns outside, sees the car gone, and assuming Scott had been lying to them the whole time, calls it quits and decides to go home. Just then, Jack's wife Carrie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is at the hotel, following Jack (and Dale) because she's been confused and concerned given Jack's odd behavior. He tells her the truth about Scott, and that he could be the father, and the news sends both of them out of the hotel. Later, Jack and Carrie have an argument over the fact that Jack, having negative feelings of Scott and his actions, makes her scared over how he'll react with his own child. Jack sees her point, and arrives at a Sugar Ray concert where Dale is also there finding Scott. They find him again, and watch as he confronts his girlfriend, to which she breaks up with him. Now heartbroken, Scott is then grabbed by the drug dealers, to which Dale and Jack fight them and soon a huge fight erupts within the crowd. Freed from jail, Jack, Dale, and Scott head home where Collette and his father Bob (Bruce Greenwood) embrace with their son. Collette tells the truth to Scott that neither Jack nor Dale are the father, but Scott understands what happened because his parents wanted him home so bad. Scott then lies to both Jack and Dale, separately and privately, that they're the father, right before they leave. Jack figured out that Scott lied, but isn't mad but is rather happy as it has given him a new outlook over having children. Dale, riding in Jack's car, spots a woman having car trouble on her way to the airport. Upon finding out that Virginia (Mary McCormack) is single, takes a shot and decides to take her to her destination by car, much to Jack's annoyance.
, 1h49 Directed byIvan Reitman OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Comedy, Romance ThemesPregnancy films, Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Comedy science fiction films ActorsArnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson, Frank Langella, Pamela Reed, Aida Turturro Rating47% Austrian Research geneticist Dr. Alex Hesse (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has a nightmare about infants urinating in a library. In the real world, he and his colleague Dr. Larry Arbogast (Danny DeVito), an obstetrician and gynecologist, have invented a fertility drug, "Expectane", that is supposed to reduce the chances of a woman's body rejecting an embryo and thus prevent a miscarriage. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to test it on women since the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the drug; so Hesse and Arbogast move forward in their research. In response, Hesse breaks into the laboratory and locks himself in. The head of the review board, Noah Banes (Frank Langella), informs Arbogast that while the FDA has denied their team the right of human experimentation, the team has managed to receive a donation from fellow geneticist Dr. Diana Reddin (Emma Thompson) from the ovum cryogenics department. When Hesse questions the chances of a woman taking an unapproved drug during pregnancy, Arbogast reveals that there is no need to identify the gender of the experiment and convinces Hesse to impregnate himself, using an ovum codenamed "Junior".