Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – A Mom’s Movie Review

Posted on: February 24th, 2012by


What exactly is the meaning of life?


This is the question 12-year-old Jeremy Fink asks in Phase 4 Films newest movie Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life! being released on March 6 on DVD, On Demand, and Digital Release. The movie is based on the beloved children’s novel Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass.


The Film stars

  • Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino
  • Emmy Award Winner Joe Pantoliano
  • Ryan Simpkins (Lizzie)
  • and introduces Maxwell Beer (Jeremy).


The movie is rated PG and runs for 88 minutes. Jeremy Fink was directed and written by Tamar Halpern.


In the movie, 12-year-old Jeremy Fin receives a mysterious wooden box with the word “The Meaning of Life-For Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.”  The box has 4 locks, but the keys are lost. In order to find out what secrets lie within the box, it’s up to Jeremy and his best friend, Lizzy to search high and low throughout Manhattan for clues to the keys.


The adventure takes them from flea markets to science museums, and the duo meet an assortment of wacky and interesting characters along the way. Each encounter unlocks a clue, bringing them closer to finding out just whats’ in the box – and ultimately the greatest secret of them all!!


The DVD is loaded with special features, including cast interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers, a limited edition embossed o-card with glitter spotting and a downloadable audio reading by author Wendy Mass of the book’s first chapter.


I couldn’t wait to sit down with my children and watch this movie. I thought that my 8-year-old may have been a touch to young to fully understand but he surprised me. My kids 8, 10, and 12, all thoroughly enjoyed the movie as did I. The movie teaches wonderful lessons and provides great topics to talk about when the movie is over. It’s inspired me to begin creating a meaning of life box for each of my children for them to fill over the years with their own stories and treasured mementos.


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In full disclosure, this post was sponsored in part by Phase 4 Films who provided Jersey Family Fun with a DVD to make our review possible. However our opinions are honest and our own and are based on our experience with the movie. For more information about Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, please visit , or @Phase4Films


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