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Jeremy Fink & The Meaning of Life

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A month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious wooden box in the mail with the words The Meaning of Life - for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday. It has four locks, but the keys are lost. In order to find out what secrets lie within the box it is up to Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy to use their imaginations to search high and low throughout Manhattan for clues. Their adventure takes them from flea markets to science museums meeting wacky and interesting characters along the way. Each encounter unlocks a clue to bring them closer to finding out the contents of the box and ultimately discovering the greatest secret of them all. Based on the beloved book by Wendy Mass.

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  • Actors: Joe Pantoliano, Mira Sorvino, Ryan Simkins
  • Directors: Tamar Halpern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2012
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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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 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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5 of 6 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 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mia Bromberg on March 19, 2014
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I was babysitting and wanted to steer the girls away from watching Honey and I suggested this one because I loved Mira Sorvino back in the day. I didn't expect the film to be so uplifting for me as an adult and the kids really likes it too. Will add it to my list of child-appropriate films that are actually enjoyable to watch, right along with The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Stand By Me and Annie.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter M. Marino on March 25, 2014
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I had read this book with my goddaughter a long time ago and was curious about how it would translate to the screen. It does! Both my goddaughter and I were drawn into the story as if we hadn't already read the book. The casting is ace and the visual storytelling is both whimsical and effective. A great tale well told.
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