Brett Ratner

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Brett Ratner
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Ratner at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1969-03-28) March 28, 1969 (age 45)
Miami Beach, Florida, US
OccupationFilmmaker, music video director
Years active1990–present
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Brett Ratner
Brett Ratner 2012 Shankbone.JPG
Ratner at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born(1969-03-28) March 28, 1969 (age 45)
Miami Beach, Florida, US
OccupationFilmmaker, music video director
Years active1990–present

Brett Ratner (born March 28, 1969) is an American filmmaker and music video director. He is known for directing the Rush Hour film series, The Family Man, Red Dragon, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Tower Heist. He was also a producer on the Fox drama series, Prison Break, as well as the black comedy Horrible Bosses and its 2014 sequel.

Early life[edit]

Ratner was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, the son of Marsha Pratts (remarried), a socialite, and Ronald Ratner.[1] He grew up in a "middle-class Jewish family".[2] His father was the son of a wealthy Miami businessman. His mother was born in Cuba, and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s with her parents, Fanita and Mario Presman (their families had originally moved to Cuba from Eastern Europe).[3][4][5] Ratner's mother was sixteen when he was born.[2] Ratner told Aventura Business Monthly in a May, 2011, cover story interview that he "really didn't know" his biological father, and that he considers Alvin Malnik, who opened the famous Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, to be his dad, "the one who raised" him.[6] Ratner's biological father was chronically homeless in Miami Beach, a situation which inspired the adult Brett to become the director and board member of the nationwide nonprofit organization Chrysalis, which helps the homeless find work.[7]

Ratner attended high school in Israel[5] and graduated in 1986 from Miami Beach Senior High School. He is a 1990 graduate of New York University.[8] In 2010, he cited the 1980 boxing film Raging Bull as his inspiration to enter the world of film.[9]



Ratner had directed hundreds of music videos and one film, the 1997 action comedy Money Talks, before reaching commercial success with the action-comedy Rush Hour (1998), starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, both of whom reunited with Ratner for two sequels, Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Ratner was under consideration to direct X-Men (2000) and Superman Returns (2006), although both were eventually directed by Bryan Singer. After Singer left the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns, Ratner became director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Super Bowl XXXIX, Ratner directed a Super Bowl ad[10] for Wynn Las Vegas featuring Wynn Resorts Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO and Legendary Casino Mogul; Steve Wynn. Wynn stood on top of Wynn Las Vegas for the commercial as he introduced the property.

In May 2008, it was announced that Ratner would be directing the long in-development Beverly Hills Cop IV,[11] which was confirmed on December 6, 2013.[12] He also edited the English version of the film Kites, starring Indian superstar Hrithik Roshan and Mexican actress Bárbara Mori using techniques developed in the critically acclaimed series Kung Faux.

Ratner directed and served as an executive producer on the 2011 CBS comedy-drama television series CHAOS. In the same year, Ratner also directed the ensemble comedy caper Tower Heist.

In May 2011, it was announced that Ratner signed on to direct The 39 Clues, the live-action adaptation of the young-adult book series.[13]

Screen appearances[edit]

Ratner was seen on MTV series Punk'd when Hugh Jackman, who portrays Wolverine in the X-Men films, was the subject of a practical joke that made it appear Ratner's $3.6 million home in Beverly Hills was destroyed by a BBQ grill explosion. Ashton Kutcher later arrived at his home and hugged him after Jackman was punk'd.[14]

On April 25, 2007, Fox Broadcasting announced that he, Carrie Fisher, Garry Marshall and Jon Avnet would be the judges for the network's filmmaking-competition, reality TV series, On the Lot, which premiered to low ratings in May 2007.

He also appeared as himself in Entourage, in an episode that was shot at his actual Beverly Hills home, according to an interview he did in Aventura Business Monthly,[15] and in the film Black and White.


His publishing company, Rat Press, is re-releasing out of print books about Hollywood. The first three books, released on March 25, 2009, are about Marlon Brando, Robert Evans and Jim Brown.[16] Brett Ratner also created his own magazine titled "Ratmag" through celebrity magazine publisher MYMAG.[17]


Ratner produced a remake of Snow White, Mirror Mirror (2012), based on the screenplay The Brothers Grimm: Snow White by Melisa Wallack.[18]

Ratner has produced feature films, TV series, and documentaries. He executive produced the 2010 documentary film, Catfish and the 2011 TV documentary, American Masters: WoodyAllen – A Documentary. Ratner also produced Skyline (2010) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

In December 2012, Ratner and Australian media mogul James Packer formed a joint venture, RatPac Entertainment. The firm will produce independent films and co-produce big-budget films with a major studio.[19] RatPac and Dune Entertainment formed a film investment vehicle, which in September 2013, entered a multi-year, 75-film co-financing partnership with Warner Bros.[20]

In June 2014, Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Class 5 Films acquired the movie rights to the non-fiction article American Hippopotamus, by Jon Mooallem, about the meat shortage in the U.S. in 1910 and the attempts made by Major Frederick Russell Burnham, Captain Fritz Joubert Duquesne and Congressman Robert Broussard to import hippopotamuses into the Louisiana bayous and to convince Americans to eat them. The movie will highlight the Burnham - Duquesne rivalry, two famous spies who had previous been under orders to assassinate each other. Ranter, Edward Norton, and William Migliore will produce this feature film.[21]

Ratner will executive produce the Rush Hour tv series.[22]

Academy Awards[edit]

On August 4, 2011, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Ratner would produce the 84th Academy Awards with Don Mischer.[23] However, Ratner resigned on November 8, 2011[24] after remarking that "rehearsal is for fags"[25] and making disparaging remarks about actress Olivia Munn[26] a few days earlier. Ratner later apologized for his remarks.[27] Eddie Murphy, who was scheduled to host the ceremony, also resigned in deference to a new production team.[28] Ratner was replaced by Brian Grazer,[29] and Murphy was replaced by previous Oscar host Billy Crystal.[30]


Film and television[edit]

1990Whatever Happened to Mason ReeseShort filmDirector/Producer/Writer
1997Money TalksFeature filmDirector
1998Rush HourDirector
2000The Family ManDirector
2001Rush Hour 2Director
2002Red DragonDirector
2004After the SunsetDirector
2005Prison Break (Pilot episode)TV seriesDirector
2006X-Men: The Last StandFeature filmDirector
Becker Hargrove, Inc.Short filmProducer
2007Rush Hour 3Feature filmDirector
2009New York, I Love YouDirector
2010Kites: The RemixProducer/Editor
2011Tower HeistDirector
Horrible BossesProducer
Mother's Day
2012Mirror MirrorProducer
2013Movie 43Director of one segment
2014Jersey BoysExecutive Producer
Horrible Bosses 2Producer
2016Beverly Hills Cop IVDirector

Music videos[edit]

1993"Rat Bastard"Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy RichDirector
"Kick the Bobo"Prime Minister Pete Nice & Daddy RichDirector
"Stay Real"Erick SermonDirector
"Tonight's da Night"RedmanDirector
"Pink Cookies In a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings"LL Cool JDirector
1994"Nuttin' But Love"Heavy D and the BoyzDirector
"I'll Take Her"Ill Al Skratch featuring Brian McKnightDirector
1995"Freek'n You"JodeciDirector
"Every Little Thing I Do"Soul for RealDirector
"Brown Sugar"D'AngeloDirector
"Who Do U Love"Deborah CoxDirector
"Sex Wit You"Heavy D. and The BoyzDirector
"Love U 4 Life"JodeciDirector
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"Mary J. BligeDirector
1996"Lady (DJ Premier Remix)"D'Angelo featuring AZDirector
1997"Triumph"Wu-Tang ClanDirector
1998"I Still Believe"Mariah CareyDirector
1999"Beautiful Stranger"MadonnaDirector
"Heartbreaker"Mariah CareyDirector
2000"Thank God I Found You"Mariah CareyDirector
2001"Diddy"P. DiddyDirector
2005"It's Like That"Mariah CareyDirector
"We Belong Together"Mariah CareyDirector
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"Jessica SimpsonDirector
2006"Make Them Suffer"Cannibal CorpseDirector
"A Public Affair"Jessica SimpsonDirector
"Samantha"Courtney LoveDirector
2008"7 Things"Miley CyrusDirector
"Touch My Body"Mariah CareyDirector
"Just Like Me"Jamie FoxxDirector[31]
2009"Obsessed"Mariah CareyDirector
"H.A.T.E.U."Mariah CareyDirector
2011"Mrs. Right"Mindless BehaviorDirector


Ratner's films have received generally mixed reviews.

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
Money Talks16%[32]N/A
Rush Hour61%[33]60[34]
The Family Man53%[35]42[36]
Rush Hour 252%[37]48[38]
Red Dragon69%[39]60[40]
After the Sunset18%[41]38[42]
X-Men: The Last Stand58%[43]58[44]
Rush Hour 318%[45]44[46]
New York, I Love You (Brett Ratner segment)35%[47]49[48]
Tower Heist69%[49]59[50]
Movie 43 ("Happy Birthday" segment)4%[51]18[52]


  1. ^ . August 21, 1997  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Ratner, Brett (July 25, 2012). "Brett Ratner on How His Homeless Father Inspired His Nonprofit Work". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ Ratner, Brett (2007-07-27). "Beach boy nurtures his roots – Entertainment News, Billion-Dollar Director: Brett Ratner, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  4. ^ . August 8, 2001  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Nancy Jo Sales, "Hollywood Loves Brett Ratner", Vanity Fair, March 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  6. ^ "20 Good Questions with Brett Ratner". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  7. ^ Ratner, Brett (July 24, 2012). "My Own Father Was Homeless, Too". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 10, 2012.  The Hollywood Reporter newspaper, August 3, 2012, pg 62, print edition title: "Brett Ratner: My Father Was Homeless, Too."
  8. ^ NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to Celebrate Broadway and the Performing Arts at Benefit Gala. (October 24, 2006) NYU. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  9. ^ Hopkins, Jessica (May 22, 2010). "The film that changed my life: Brett Ratner". 
  10. ^ Wynn Las Vegas Official Original TV Commercial - Steve Wynn - 2005 on YouTube
  11. ^ Alex Billington. "Brett Ratner directing Beverly Hills Cop IV with Eddie Murphy". 
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (December 6, 2013). "UPDATE: Jerry Bruckheimer And Paramount Ink First-Look Deal; Brett Ratner Attached To Direct ‘Beverly Hills Cop’". Deadline. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  13. ^ Mike Fleming. "Brett Ratner Signs To Direct ‘The 39 Clues’". 
  14. ^ Hall of Shame, Punk'd.
  15. ^ "Brett Ratner Interview". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  16. ^ Brett Ratner Takes on Publishing Yahoo News, March 23, 2009
  17. ^ "MYMAG". Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
  18. ^ "RSS exclusive: Brett Ratner Confirms 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White' To Be Shot In 3-D". Retrieved 2011-01-11. 
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  21. ^ Fleming, Mike. "RatPac, Edward Norton’s Class 5 Options ‘American Hippopotamus’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  22. ^ "'Rush Hour' TV series in the works". Entertainment Weekly. September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ Cieply, Michael (August 4, 2011). "Brett Ratner Takes Producing Role at the Oscars". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  24. ^ "Movie director who made anti-gay remark apologizes, won't produce Oscars show -". CNN. November 9, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Brett Ratner apologizes for gay slur – The Marquee Blog". CNN. November 8, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Brett Ratner: Yeah, I hooked up with Olivia Munn – The Marquee Blog". CNN. November 4, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Brett Ratner apologizes to Olivia Munn after insulting her during appearance on 'Attack of the Show'". Daily News. 
  28. ^ "Eddie Murphy drops out as Oscars host -". CNN. November 9, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Oscars tap Brian Grazer to produce – The Marquee Blog". CNN. November 10, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Billy Crystal to host Academy Awards – The Marquee Blog". CNN. November 10, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Jamie Foxx Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look at "Just Like Me" Video Shoot". 
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