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The Kids Stay In the Picture

Jason Reitman's movie must list -- Five films that inspired ''Juno'''s director

Jason Reitman's movie must list

Election (1999)
''For me, Election is kind of the high bar. It's the mark I'm trying to hit anytime I make a movie.''

Rushmore (1998)
''Two words: Serpico live. There was a sweetness in the humor that made it different.''

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
''Ferris Bueller is the most charismatic character in cinema history — and who I wanted to be when I was a teenager.''

Spacecamp (1986)
''Anyone who saw Star Wars as a kid and dreamed about going to space got to live it in this movie. It's perfectly charming.''

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
''This was the laserdisc my parents didn't want me to see. And it remains the coolest horror film experience I've ever had.''

Originally posted Dec 19, 2007 Published in issue #968 Dec 07, 2007 Order article reprints