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Jeremy Fink & The Meaning of Life

4.2 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,804 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By apoem VINE 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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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a movie about a boy who is about to turn thirteen who receives a mysterious box from his late father. The box supposedly contains the meaning of life, but it requires four keys to open it which Jeremy doesn't have. So begins the search with the help from various characters who do not always seem friendly toward Jeremy (played by Maxwell Beer in his introductory role). Assisting Jeremy in the search is his long-time friend Lizzy (played by Ryan Simpkins). Jeremy and Lizzy are both very likeable kids right from the start which makes the movie even more enjoyable. Jeremy and Lizzy live in Manhattan and Jeremy has never ventured outside the two-block radius of his home alone. So Lizzy is always pushing him out of his comfort zone as the two explore and have interesting and exciting adventures together. It is these adventures that end up teaching Jeremy a very important lesson about life. I have watched this movie three times so far, and each time it seems totally fresh and fun for me. I think this movie is as meaningful for adults as it is for kids. I definitely recommend it.
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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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By Jennifer on December 28, 2015
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My 10 year old daughter read this book for school and couldn't wait to see the movie. We watched it as a family, and my daughter raved about how good it was. Its very obviously a low budget production, but the message is good, so its definitely worth seeing with your kids.
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The movie wasn't quite as deep as the book, but it was fun. I'm surprised that this didn't get more attention when it was released. Unfortunately, all movies seem to require major special effects and earth change consequences these days. Small movies like this get passed over.
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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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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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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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