Jake Kasdan

Jake Kasdan (born Jacob Kasdan; 28 October 1974) is an American television and film director. Kasdan was born in Detroit, the son of Meg (née Goldman), a writer, and writer-director Lawrence Kasdan.  His younger brother, Jon Kasdan, also works in the film and television industry as an actor and writer. He is married to singer/songwriter Inara George of The Bird and the Bee. Kasdan has directed four theatrical films: Zero Effect (1998), Orange County (2002), The TV Set (2007) and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007). He has also worked in television, most notably with Judd Apatow, as a consulting producer on Freaks and Geeks and as a director on Undeclared. He has also directed numerous stage productions. In 2006, Kasdan received his first Golden Globe nomination for Walk Hard: Best Original Song (shared with John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow, and Marshall Crenshaw), but lost to "Guaranteed" from Into the Wild (written by Eddie Vedder). As a child, he made several appearances in his father's movies such as The Big Chill and Silverado (in the former he is an autograph seeker at a funeral and in the latter a stable boy). Description above from the Wikipedia article Jake Kasdan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Orange County (2002)

Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his dysfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another, starting when his application is rejected after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Colin Hanks  •  Jack Black  •  Schuyler Fisk  •  Bret Harrison

Shaun Brumder is a local surfer kid from Orange County who dreams of going to Stanford to become a writer and to get away from his dysfunctional family household. Except Shaun runs into one complication after another, starting when his application is rejected after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Colin Hanks  •  Jack Black  •  Schuyler Fisk  •  Bret Harrison

Silverado (1985)

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Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Scott Glenn  •  Kevin Costner  •  Danny Glover

Four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Kevin Kline  •  Scott Glenn  •  Kevin Costner  •  Danny Glover

The Big Chill (1983)

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Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Tom Berenger  •  Glenn Close  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  William Hurt

Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  Tom Berenger  •  Glenn Close  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  William Hurt

The TV Set (2007)

As a writer named Mike struggles to shepherd his semi-autobiographical sitcom into development, his vision is slowly eroded by a domineering network executive named Lenny who favors trashy reality programming. The irony, of course, is that every crass suggestion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Judy Greer

As a writer named Mike struggles to shepherd his semi-autobiographical sitcom into development, his vision is slowly eroded by a domineering network executive named Lenny who favors trashy reality programming. The irony, of course, is that every crass suggestion ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  David Duchovny  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Judy Greer

Zero Effect (1998)

Daryl Zero is a private investigator and—along with his assistant, Steve Arlo—he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, when he's not working he doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Ben Stiller  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Kim Dickens

Daryl Zero is a private investigator and—along with his assistant, Steve Arlo—he solves impossible crimes and puzzles. Although Daryl's a master investigator, when he's not working he doesn't know what to do with himself. He has no social skills, writes bad music ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Ben Stiller  •  Ryan O'Neal  •  Kim Dickens

Sex Tape (2014)

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When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Jason Segel  •  Rob Lowe  •  Ellie Kemper

When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Cameron Diaz  •  Jason Segel  •  Rob Lowe  •  Ellie Kemper

Bad Teacher (2011)

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A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Jason Segel  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Justin Timberlake  •  Lucy Punch

A lazy, incompetent middle school teacher who hates her job and her students is forced to return to her job to make enough money for a boob job after her rich fiancé dumps her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Jason Segel  •  Cameron Diaz  •  Justin Timberlake  •  Lucy Punch

Shades of Ray (2008)

American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray's Caucasian mother threw him out. It's an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn't given him an answer. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaffar Mahmood
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Fran Kranz  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Bonnie Somerville

American-born Ray Rehman comes home one night to find his Pakistani father on his doorstep. Ray's Caucasian mother threw him out. It's an awkward time for his father to move in as Ray just proposed to his Caucasian girlfriend - who hasn't given him an answer. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jaffar Mahmood
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Fran Kranz  •  Sarah Shahi  •  Bonnie Somerville

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Following a childhood tragedy, Dewey Cox follows a long and winding road to music stardom. Dewey perseveres through changing musical styles, an addiction to nearly every drug known and bouts of uncontrollable rage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Jenna Fischer  •  Tim Meadows  •  Kristen Wiig

Following a childhood tragedy, Dewey Cox follows a long and winding road to music stardom. Dewey perseveres through changing musical styles, an addiction to nearly every drug known and bouts of uncontrollable rage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Jenna Fischer  •  Tim Meadows  •  Kristen Wiig

The Accidental Tourist (1988)

After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him 'back down to earth', but his wife soon thinks their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Kathleen Turner  •  Geena Davis  •  Amy Wright

After the death of his son, travel writer Macon Leary seems to be sleep walking through life. Macon's wife is having similar problems. They separate, and Macon meets a strange, outgoing woman who brings him 'back down to earth', but his wife soon thinks their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lawrence Kasdan
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Kathleen Turner  •  Geena Davis  •  Amy Wright

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji's world - pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they'll play as characters from the game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Jack Black  •  Kevin Hart  •  Karen Gillan

The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji's world - pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they'll play as characters from the game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Jack Black  •  Kevin Hart  •  Karen Gillan

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary (2018)

The creators and actors from the TV show 'Freaks and Geeks' share their untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of the series that only aired for one season.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brent Hodge
CAST:  Judd Apatow  •  Linda Cardellini  •  Paul Feig  •  James Franco

The creators and actors from the TV show 'Freaks and Geeks' share their untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of the series that only aired for one season.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brent Hodge
CAST:  Judd Apatow  •  Linda Cardellini  •  Paul Feig  •  James Franco

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

As the gang return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Jack Black  •  Kevin Hart  •  Karen Gillan

As the gang return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Jack Black  •  Kevin Hart  •  Karen Gillan

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DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Chris Evans

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DIRECTION:  Jake Kasdan
CAST:  Dwayne Johnson  •  Chris Evans

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CAST:  Dwayne Johnson