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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet tween film packs big meaning into cliched package.

Movie PG 2012 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent 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 12+

A disappointment

We tried to watch this movie with our 8 year old daughter. It was not appropriate. The kids in the movie act like adults are idiots. The kids steal and run off to places they are not allowed. The kids lie. The 12 year old girl talks about how she is going to use her feminine wiles to trick a security guard. Her plan goes awry when she gets a pimple and thus loses her feminine wiles. Terrible messages for young girls. At that point we turned it off. There is a lot of talk about the boy's father who has passed away. It is heavy talk and sad. Looks like it was shot on video.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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