Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life NR

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Jeremy must search high and low throughout the streets of Manhattan for clues to unlock the mysterious box he received a month before his birthday.

Starring:
Maxwell Beer, Ryan Simpkins
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

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Genres Kids & Family
Director Tamar Halpern
Starring Maxwell Beer, Ryan Simpkins
Supporting actors Nimo Gandhi, Daniel Cosgrove, Mira Sorvino, Ryan Glassman, Heather Braverman, Gary Allen, Ngo Okafor, Amelia Bullock, Christopher King, Gavin Furbert, Mike Starr, Michael Urie, Markley Rizzi, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Pemberton, Marian Seldes, Steve Grodewald, Joe Huu
Studio Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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The actors are great and storyline very entertaining.
Heather
Although there are some big names in the film, it has an unconventional quirkiness of some of the best indie movies out there.
S. Smith
It's an enjoyable movie and I'm glad I watched it with my sons.
apoem

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Jeremy Fink is the son of a man who died when he was forty. Not only that, he had always known he was going to die when he was forty because a fortune teller told him so. His best friend is a girl who lives next door to him. Her mother left her and her father when she was a young girl. They live in New York and that is the start of the movie.

Since his father's death Jeremy has seen no reason to go beyond the area that he can walk, about two city blocks. He doesn't ride the subway or take taxis. He works on a time machine and he is constantly thinking about that moment that his dad was hit by a car while crossing the street. His best friend on the other hand is wild, brave, and willing to push Jeremy into doing more than he feels he can do.

For his thirteenth birthday Jeremy got a box with no key. A box with something special in it from his father. And from that moment on the adventure is on. His best friend and him go to an attorney's office and 'break in'. When they are caught they are given community service. The community service consists of them returning items sold many years ago back to the original owner. And each person the bring something to has an amazing story to tell about the item, their life, or their dreams.

The end is something that even I didn't put together until about the time Jeremy clicked onto the twist in the plot.

This is an absolutely lovely story and a funky movie. The characters are funky and loveable and enjoyable and move the story along in a positive manner. The theme of the movie is absolutely about the meaning of life and in some ways it's bigger than that too. It's an enjoyable movie and I'm glad I watched it with my sons.

Well worth the money.
Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich Hoffmann on April 30, 2012
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We watched the DVD with our daughters (8 and 10), who liked the movie and the story, but at some times had trouble following it. The topic of the meaning of life seemed a little over there heads. Other than that, they (and we) had a good time - they liked both the boy and the girl in the movie very much. We might watch it again in two year's time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luke Javan on April 29, 2013
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The key on the boy's time machine is the key. Spoiler alert, maybe, but I did not see that coming. Wonderful
coming-of-age movie, when boys and girls consider the other has cooties. Friendships developing where
none are expected. Taking risks in life to enrich it. These things inspire me and I am long past these kids's ages.
Plus I like happy endings, though life does not always have them, one can always hope, which is what this
movie teaches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Sullivan on April 17, 2013
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I bought this movie for my Daughter and watched it with her. It has a great way of telling a story and incorporating values and meaning into entertainment at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 9, 2012
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Im reading the book, and its great Im at the part when there doing comunity service. Its so intense I just want to keep reading its the best! I love this book. I want to get the movie to watch when Im done the book.! It would be GREAT choice to get the book and read it or get the movie and watch. I just love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on January 27, 2013
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My daughter had just finished this book by Wendy Mass so I treated her to the movie. We all watched it for a family movie night with a 12yo and 10yo. We all liked it, even dad. My daughter said the book was a little different with more details about the relationships but she enjoyed both.
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One of those films that catches you off-guard. Love that as a cinephile.

Starts off quite modestly. With young actors you never know how things are going to turn - and to be quite honest, the opening scenes with Maxwell Beer and Ryan Simkins were wooden and uneven in places.

Not certain why, but their performances improved as the film went on; leading me to believe Director Tamar Halpern shot the film in chronological sequence, allowing the performers a chance to get used to the cameras and comfortable in their adoptive skins.

By the end of the film - I found the pair very endearing.

Essentially a fairy tale filled with the usual cast of surreal and oddball characters - young Jeremy Fink is celebrating his 13th Birthday. It's a special day since he believes that, as a newly minted Teenager, his life will change.

He's right.

However, it's also a somber day, one among many other somber days. Jeremy lost his father to a car accident when he was eight years old. The last five years have been difficult. His loving mother is a free-spirited librarian who has done a great job as a single parent. But even she can see that her inquisitive, inventive, and introverted boy has suffered by the loss.

Jeremy's best friend in the world is Lizzy. Like him, she's lost a parent. In her case, her mother abandoned the family. But interestingly - unlike the shy boy next door - Lizzy is explosively outgoing, brave and wonderfully optimistic. The loss and pain had the reverse effect on her, focusing her outlook to always seek out the brightness in a world filled with dark. And she sees her life mission to get her BFF out his bedroom and into the world.
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