Jason Bateman (born 14.01.1969) Jason Bateman is an American actor.
Childhood: Jason Bateman was born in Rye, New York. His parents are Victoria Elizabeth, a former flight attendant, and Kent Bateman, an actor and director. He moved to Salt Lake City when he was 4 and later California.
Acting career: Jason Bateman made his TV debut in 'Little House on the Prairie' with Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert and Karen Grassle. In 1982, he began appearing in 'Silver Spoons' before joining the cast of sitcom 'The Hogan Family' in 1986 with Valerie Harper, even directing three episodes when he was just 18. In 1987, he appeared in the movie 'Teen Wolf Too' which was a box office failure. He appeared alongside Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn in 'This Can't Be Love' in 1994. Around this time he also had big roles in several series including 'Simon', 'Chicago Sons', 'George & Leo' and 'Some of My Best Friends', and in 2002, he appeared in the movie 'The Sweetest Thing'. In 2003, he landed a part in the comedy series 'Arrested Development' opposite Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera which won him a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Emmy nomination. In 2006, he guest starred in an episode of 'Scrubs' which stars Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke. In 2009, he provided his voice in the Fox comedy 'Sit Down, Shut Up'. The following year, he and Will Arnett founded 'DumbDumb Productions'. In 2004, he appeared in the award-winning comedy 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story' alongside Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. He also appeared with Vince again in 'Starsky & Hutch', 2006's 'The Break-Up' and 2009's 'Couples Retreat'. 2007, saw him opposite Ben Affleck in 'Smokin' Aces', 'The Kingdom' alongside Jamie Foxx, 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium' with Dustin Hoffman and 'Juno' which starred Ellen Page. In 2008, he was in the superhero film 'Hancock' with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. 2010 saw him in the rom com 'The Switch' with Jennifer Aniston and in 2011 he starred in 'Horrible Bosses' and 'The Change-Up'. He starred in the thriller 'Disconnect' in 2012 and 'Identity Thief' in 2013 opposite Melissa McCarthy.
Personal life: Jason Bateman has previously struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. He married Amanda Anka in 2001 and they have two daughters; Francesca and Maple. In 2005, he underwent surgery to remove a polyp from his throat which interrupted the production of 'Arrested Development'. He is a fan of the baseball team the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jason Bateman - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
James Lucas, Mat Kirby, Jason Bateman and Kerry Washington - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Some sequels just aren't meant to be.
Every year we get a few new examples of sequels no-one asked for; follow-ups to movies that weren't particularly memorable to begin with but for whatever reason made enough cash to spawn a second instalment in the feeble hope that a franchise might be in the making.
The current example is 'Horrible Bosses 2', the continuing adventures of three morons (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) who spectacularly failed to take care of their boss problems the first time around. The prime selling point for the original film was Jennifer Aniston talking dirty, so of course that role has been beefed up considerably this time. But critics have slammed the sequel for being even more vacuous than its predecessor.
Like The Hangover, Horrible Bosses was a movie no one really wanted to see a sequel to, but here it is anyway: the same film, but even more inane. It is also likely to make plenty of money from audiences looking for mindless entertainment on a Saturday night. Although "mindless" seems almost complimentary when a movie is as idiotic as this one is. There's so little to its plot that the whole film seems to evaporate before the end of the climactic chase scene.
It's been a couple of years since Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) tried to solve their problems by trying to kill their bosses. Instead, they've become inventors, and have just sold their Shower Buddy to a popular catalogue company owned by Bert (Christoph Waltz). They go all out to fill his order, putting their necks on the line, and Bert leaves them hanging there. Faced with the prospect of losing everything, they again consult their criminal pal Jones (Jamie Foxx), who helps them launch a "kidnaping". The idea is to grab Bert's son Rex (Chris Pine) and demand a ransom to cover their debts. But Rex takes over the operation, asking for a lot more cash and causing a lot more chaos. They also run into a couple of their old bosses: sex-crazed Julia (Jennifer Aniston) is still determined to sleep with Dale, while Harken (Kevin Spacey) can still freak them out from behind bars.
Director-writer Anders and cowriter Morris use almost the exact same formula this time, going for laughs in a carefully plotted caper in which everything that can go wrong does. Although instead of merely being inept, these people are all morons. Bateman's Nick is essentially the straight man in the movie, and even he fails to notice that they've borrowed and spent a vast sum of cash without even a simple contract with Bert. Meanwhile, Kurt and Dale are mind-achingly stupid, bungling every single moment so completely that it's hard to see them as functioning adults. Pine isn't much better, but at least we haven't seen this schtick from him before, and he's rather good at it.
Continue reading: Horrible Bosses 2 Review