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

Robert Luketic
Born (1973-11-01) 1 November 1973 (age 45)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1997–present


Early lifeEdit

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


Luketic started making short films as a teenager and went on to study at the Victorian College of Arts – School of Film and Television (VCA).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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, and Michael Vartan.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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
TBA The ExpendaBelles In development
TBA The Wedding Year In production


  1. ^ "tportal". (in Croatian).
  2. ^ "vecernji list". (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 2009-08-11.
  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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