Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 8+

Sweet tween film packs big meaning into cliched package.

PG 2012 88 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 15+

Dangerous themes

The kids attempt to contact the deceased father, through a seance. At this point the movie was turned off at our house, but was a good opportunity to have a discussion with the kids (12&11YO) about the dangers of such things. Not sure how the film played out, but in the book this was performed through the use of a Ouija board. The entire episode was portrayed as silly, harmless and a failure, but these please know these practices are anything but!
age 13+


This movie is awesome! I do think it should be rated pg13 though. It can get a little confusing and it does talk about puberty a little and the death of his father is a little sad. But I thought it was great!! Really good movie I will definetly recomend this title.

This title has:

Great messages

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon hands high fiving
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of the side profile of a boy
    Great Boy Role Models
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate