Robert Luketic

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Robert Luketic
Born (1973-11-01) 1 November 1973 (age 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1997–present

Robert Luketic (born 1 November 1973) is an Australian film director. He directed the films Monster-in-Law, Legally Blonde and 21.

Early life[edit]

Robert Luketic was born in Sydney, Australia, the elder of two children of an Italian mother and Croatian father.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Luketic cultivated his film career early when he won his first award for "Best Film" at the ATOM Film Festival at the age of 15. Luketic went on to study at the Victorian College of Arts – School of Film and Television (VCA), one of Australia's most prestigious film schools.

He first attracted Hollywood's attention with his award-winning short film Titsiana Booberini. After screening to much acclaim at several festivals within Australia, Titsiana Booberini became a hit at many internationally renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival.[3] It won "Best Film" at the Aspen Shortsfest.[4]

Luketic directed the comedy Legally Blonde for MGM in the summer of 2001. This film, which grossed close to $100 million domestically and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, marked Luketic's feature film directing debut.

Next, Luketic directed the DreamWorks Pictures film Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!. The 2003 film, produced by Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher at Red Wagon, stars Kate Bosworth, Nathan Lane, Josh Duhamel and Topher Grace. In 2005, he directed Monster-in-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda (who had come out of a 15-year hiatus for this film) and Michael Vartan.

In 2008, Luketic released 21, based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich. The film tells the true story of five MIT students who became experts at counting cards and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. The film stars Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgess and Laurence Fishburne.[citation needed]

He directed the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, which opened in July 2009. Starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, the film follows a morning show producer (Heigl) who sets out to disprove the outrageous relationship theories of her chauvinistic correspondent (Butler). Luketic next directed the action-comedy Killers, starring Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Titsiana Booberini Short film
2001 Legally Blonde
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
2005 Monster-in-Law
2008 21
2009 The Ugly Truth
2010 Killers
2013 Paranoia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "tportal". www.tportal.hr (in Croatian). 
  2. ^ "vecernji list". www.vecernji.hr (in Croatian). 
  3. ^ Mundhra, Smiriti (14 July 2001). "New Kid on the Block". IGN. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Film students make a feature of their shorts". The Age. December 6, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 

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