A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Jeremy learns that life is all about choices. In some cases, the right decision is obvious, and in others, it's not at all clear. Since some aspects of life are random and can't be controlled, he realizes that it's important to "eat dessert first" while still thinking carefully about the impact of the things that are in your control. Other life lessons include: Live in the moment, money can't buy happiness, and believe in yourself.
Positive Role Models
Jeremy gains insight over the course of the story. The mysterious Mr. Oswald's motives aren't clear, but he seems to be striving to right old wrongs. His methods are baffling, but he does demonstrate that people should think carefully about the choices they make. One character has a penchant for shoplifting.
Violence & Scariness
Tweens bicker. The main character's father died before the story starts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A boy's best friend is a girl, though he denies that there's any kind of attraction between them.
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Some derogatory speech between tweens, including "shut up," "jerk," and "dork."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a lighthearted film for young people about a 12-year-old who's looking for answers to some pretty big questions. There are some references to the tragic death of the main character's father (which happened before the movie starts). But overall the story is uplifting and simple, great for kids and tweens, and has only mild language and a little bickering. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE is charming but predictable. As Jeremy and Lizzie scour New York for the missing keys, they meet a bevy of kooky characters who impart a series of Important Life Lessons. Live in the moment. Money can't buy happiness. Believe in yourself. These are valuable tips for younger viewers, but they aren't especially new. Much of the plot seems like it could have worked well in many other coming-of-age tales.
The film is based on a popular young adult novel of the same name by Wendy Mass, and that's exactly how it feels. It's simple enough entertainment for older kids and tweens, but the story probably works better in print than on the screen.
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