Jemaine Clement


Jemaine Atea Mahana Clement (born January 10, 1974), is a New Zealand actor, musician, comedian, singer, director and writer. With Bret McKenzie, as the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, he has released several albums and created comedy series for both the BBC and HBO. For the comedy series, he received six Primetime Emmy nominations. He also frequently collaborates with filmmakers Taika Waititi and Jason Stutter, and with actor Rhys Darby.

Notable film appearances include Jared Hess’s Gentleman Broncos (2009), with Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, and Sam Rockwell; Dinner for Schmucks (2010), with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stéphanie Szostak, Lucy Punch, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, and Ron Livingston; Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black 3 (2012), with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mike Colter, Alice Eve, and Emma Thompson; James C. Strouse’s People Places Things (2015), with Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne and Michael Chernus; and Don Verdean (2015), with Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, and Will Forte.

Films in the mid to late 2010s include Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (2016), with Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, and Bill Hader; Brad’s Status (2017), with Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Michael Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Luke Wilson, and Mike White (who also directed); Humor Me (2018), with Elliott Gould, Ingrid Michaelson, Annie Potts, Priscilla Lopez, Bebe Neuwirth, and Maria Dizzia; An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018), with Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Matt Berry, and Craig Robinson; and I Used to Go Here (2020), with Gillian Jacobs, Josh Wiggins, Hannah Marks, Forrest Goodluck, Jorma Taccone, Kate Micucci, and Zoë Chao.

Clement has also done voice-work for Despicable Me (2010), with Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews; Rio (2011), with Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, and Jamie Foxx; Rio 2 (2014), with Bruno Mars, Andy García, Rita Moreno, Rachel Crow, Kristin Chenoweth, Amandla Stenberg, Pierce Gagnon, and Miguel Ferrer; Moana (2016), with Auliʻi Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk; and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), with Arnet, Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Fizz (1999) – directed by Jason Stutter – short
  • Tongan Ninja (2002) – directed by Jason Stutter – also co-writer
  • Futile Attraction (2004) – directed by Mark Prebble
  • What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires (2005) – co-directed with Taika Waititi – also co-writer
  • Eagle vs Shark (2007) – directed by Taika Waititi
  • Diagnosis: Death (2009) – directed by Jason Stutter
  • Gentlemen Broncos (2009) – directed by Jared Hess
  • Despicable Me (2010)* – directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud – voice cameo
  • Dinner for Schmucks (2010)* – directed by Jay Roach
  • Predicament (2010) – directed by Jason Stutter
  • Rio (2011) – directed by Carlos Saldanha
  • Men in Black 3 (2012) – directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – co-directed with Taika Waititi – also co-writer
  • Muppet Most Wanted (2014)* – directed by James Bobin – cameo
  • Rio 2 (2014) – directed by Carlos Saldanha
  • People Places Things (2015) – directed by James C. Strouse
  • Don Verdean (2015) – directed by Jared Hess
  • The BFG (2016) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Moana (2016)* – directed by Ron Clements & John Musker, co-directed by Don Hall & Chris Williams
  • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)* – directed by Chris McKay
  • Brad’s Status (2017) – directed by Mike White
  • Grow Joe (2017) – directed by Curtis Vowell – short
  • Humor Me (2018) – directed by Sam Hoffman
  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) – directed by Jim Hosking
  • The Breaker Upperers (2018) – directed by Madeleine Sami & Jackie van Beek – cameo
  • The Festival (2018) – directed by Iain Morris
  • Patrick (2019) – directed by Tim Mielants
  • I Used to Go Here (2020) – directed by Kris Rey
  • Nude Tuesday (2021) – directed by Armagan Ballantyne
  • Avatar 2 (2022) – directed by James Cameron
  • Avatar 3 (2024) – directed by James Cameron