Jeremy Garelick

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Jeremy Garelick
Born (1975-11-30) November 30, 1975 (age 48)
Alma materYale University
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, film director
Years active2000–present

Jeremy Garelick (born November 30, 1975) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer.

Early life[edit]

Garelick was born in New York City. He attended Yale University and graduated in Film Studies.[1] He is of Jewish background.[2]


After graduating from college, Garelick began his career working as an assistant in Creative Artists Agency's Motion Picture Literary department. He served as the assistant to director Joel Schumacher on Tigerland, Bad Company, and Phone Booth. He was the second unit director on Schumacher’s 2003 movie Veronica Guerin.

While working on Veronica Guerin in 2002, Garelick sold "The Golden Tux," a spec script he co-wrote with Todd Phillips, to Dimension Films. The script caught the attention of Vince Vaughn, who brought Garelick in to co-write and co-produce The Break-Up.

After the commercial success of The Break-Up, Garelick worked with Phillips again on an uncredited re-write of The Hangover. The film was a major critical and commercial success, making over $465 million at the box office.

Garelick’s early career came full circle in 2013, when he was hired by Screen Gems to direct and produce The Wedding Ringer, a feature film that evolved from "The Golden Tux." Despite negative critical reviews, the film was a box-office success when it premiered in 2015, grossing over $79 million worldwide.

In 2018, Garelick co-created, directed, wrote, and produced Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever., an eight-episode Netflix limited series.

In 2023, Garelick directed Murder Mystery 2, a Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.[3]

American High[edit]

In 2017, along with producing partner Will Phelps, Garelick purchased A.V. Zogg School in Liverpool, New York for $1 million, with the intention of using it as a location to produce three high school-centered feature films at a fraction of what they would normally cost to produce.[4] By using the same location, Garelick believed he could save millions thanks to the high tax incentives offered to shoot in Central New York, coupled with savings in below-the-line production costs.[5] Under the banner of "American High," Garelick produced two movies: Banana Split for $1.2 million and Holly Slept Over for $500,000.

American High's third film, Big Time Adolescence, a coming-of-age comedy film starring Pete Davidson and Jon Cryer, was a critical success. After it was screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the film's rights were sold to Hulu. The streaming service and American High subsequently signed an eight-movie licensing deal.[4]

Garelick subsequently produced the American High films Looks That Kill, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, and Plan B. In August 2020, Garelick made his American High directorial debut with The Binge, a spoof of The Purge set in a world in which drugs and alcohol are illegal, except for one day.[6] A sequel to the film is set to begin production in January 2022.[4] Four additional American High movies are currently in post-production.

In 2020, Garelick was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's Top Innovators in 2020 for his role in creating American High.[7] In order to have the area around the A.V. Zogg School zoned for filming by the city of Liverpool, American High also offered a trade school, in addition to its use as a film studio. Each American High production employs about 10 students from local colleges like Syracuse University, Ithaca College, and Le Moyne College.[4]

In August 2020, Garelick said that American High would relocate, citing high expenditures and code-compliance "confusion."[8] However, as of December 2021, American High is still in operation at A.V. Zogg School.


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
2006 The Break-Up Yes Yes
2009 The Hangover Yes Uncredited re-write
2015 The Wedding Ringer Yes Yes Yes Directoral debut
2018 Family Yes
2018 Banana Split Yes
2019 Big Time Adolescence Yes
2020 Holly Slept Over Yes
2020 Looks That Kill Yes
2020 The Binge Yes Yes
2021 The Ultimate Playlist of Noise Yes
2021 Plan B Yes
2023 Murder Mystery 2 Yes

Television and web[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2002 Is This Your Mother? Yes Yes Yes Short film
2014 The Rebels Yes Executive Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Life in Pieces Yes Episode: "Sleepy Email Brunch Tree"
2015 DeTour Yes Television film
2016 The Grinder Yes Episode: "Exodus (Pt. 1)"
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Yes Episode: "How to Survive Your Crazy Ex"
2018 Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever. Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Dumb and Dumber To KEN Conference Attendee


  1. ^ "Film Studies Major Alumni | Film and Media Studies Program". Retrieved 2023-04-19.
  2. ^ "Jews in the News: Josh Gadd, Amanda Peet and David Benioff". January 12, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew (2023-03-29). "Jeremy Garelick Gets a Hall Pass From 'American High' to Direct 'Murder Mystery 2'". Variety. Retrieved 2023-04-19.
  4. ^ a b c d Sperling, Nicole (November 21, 2021). "How Do You Make Teen Comedies Today? Buy a High School". The New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  5. ^ Herbert, Geoff (May 17, 2020). "CNY film studio founder Jeremy Garelick named a Hollywood 'innovator'". Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  6. ^ Saito, Stephen (August 29, 2020). "Interview: Jeremy Garelick on Saving the Summer with "The Binge"". The Moveable Fest. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia (May 12, 2020). "How a Director Turned a Real High School Into a Reusable Set: "I Was Tired of Waiting for a Miracle"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Tarby, Russ (August 14, 2020). "American High leaving Liverpool". Eagle News Online. Retrieved September 23, 2020.

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