“Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” Movie Review

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Dear Creatives, I had the chance to preview the movie Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life that is being released on DVD, on demand and in digital on March 6th! The movie is based on the beloved children’s novel by Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a family-friendly adventure film starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano. In the movie, 12-yr old Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious wooden box with the words “The Meaning of Life-for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” The box has four locks, but the keys are lost. In order to find out what secrets are in the box Jeremy must find a special key to unlock it. Jeremy along with his best friend Lizzy go in search of keys by way of clues & ideas.



Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

They search through Manhattan for the keys. Their adventure taking them from fleas markets, shops, a science museum & more, all the while meeting an assortment of characters who are quirky & interesting. Each encounter brings them closer to finding out just what’s in the box. Ultimately they find the greatest secret!



Flea Market in  Manhattan

One of my favorite parts of the movie is Jeremy where takes an hour an evening before bed to reflect on his day, he calls it the HOJ. How wise for just turning 13! His friend Lizzy is a bit quirky, the same age as Jeremy & they have something in common that has created a bond between them for life, besides being neighbors since early childhood they have both lost a parent in different ways & also have a strong bond since they have  no other siblings. Both Sammie & I love the ending when he discovers the meaning of life, but we can’t tell you that part!



Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Sammie also enjoyed the science museum scene, along with the rides around town as some of her favorite scenes & as I mentioned the ending which we can’t share.The movie is not fast paced, no huge action scenes, tricks to catch your attention…but the story flows nicely along with humor both fitting for the young & adults. I think this is probably why it received a PG rating along with some touching, but not deep “life topics.”

The run time is 88 minutes. We enjoyed watching this DVD after school one day, popcorn in hand. The DVD is loaded with special features, including cast interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers, a limited edition o-card with glitter spotting, and a downloadable audio reading by the author Wendy Mass of the book’s first chapter.

If you have a preteen I think they would enjoy the story, especially if they have read the book which would give them some insights also to the story line, but if they haven’t read it the story is easy to follow through their trials & escapades that bring them to the answers. Some of the scenes will remind you of how awkward it can be to go through that time of life.


  • Phase4Films.com { visit to see more movies & previews, along with Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life}
  • DIRECTOR: Tamar Halpern
  • PRODUCER: Lauren Bullock, Ken H. Keller
  • Based on the beloved book by Wendy Mass

What is your favorite treat to have when watching DVD or digital download movies at home? Do you remember reading Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life?

What about turning 13?

PS: Come back tomorrow as I will be having a giveaway of the book & the movie! (*US Residents only)

Disclosure: This is not a paid review. I did receive a copy of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life  to view with Sammie, allowing me to give an honest review of the movie. I received this from Childs Play Communications in conjunction with Phase4Films release of the movie.

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