Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Synopsis: A month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a mysterious wooden box in the mail with the words "The Meaning of Life-for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday." It has four 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 use their imaginations to search high and low throughout Manhattan for clues. Their adventure brings them from flea markets to corporate office buildings to science museums meeting wacky and interesting characters along the way. Each encounter unlocks a clue to bring them closer to finding out the contents of the box and ultimately discovering the greatest secret of them all! Based on the beloved book by Wendy Mass.
Genre: Family
Director(s): Tamar Halpern
Production: Phase 4 Films
  2 wins.
91 min

"but we're shutting down

our Manhattan branch.

"when you sent this to me

five years ago,

"I took great care to hide

the keys somewhere very clever,

"so clever that now

I can't find them.

I'm certain you and Jeremy

will figure out a new way to... "

Stop. "way to open it,

and when the time comes"...

Wait! Wait.

"I have nothing but fond

memories of Daniel

And I was honored to treasure

this for Jeremy,

"for all these years.

Best wishes to you both,

Liam Goffanine. "

"the meaning of life,

for Jeremy fink

To open

on his 13th birthday. "

I gotta go.


Tampering with mail

is a federal offense!

I'm too young

to go to on prison!

Hi, Elaine!

Bye, Elaine!

Oh, monkey.


you wanna know something?

Your dad

would have opened it, too.

He was very curious

about everything.

That's why he loved flea markets

and collecting so much.

You know,

he always used to come home

And find all

these special things,

And even if they were broken,

we would...

We would figure out a way to

give them a new life, you know?

Like that flower pot

over there?

It had a crack in it, so...

Umbrella stand.

Right. And see?

You know, our dear old

grandfather clock over there.

Sure, it's broken, but it's

still right twice a day.

Look at things a different way,

and the answers will come,

Like in "through

the looking glass," remember?

I stopped at

"Alice in wonderland. "

blasphemy, monkey,

and your mother a librarian!

That's why it's at the top of

our Summer reading list, honey,

Because it teaches you

to look at things

From a different perspective.

Your father

was so good at that.

He taught me how to think

that way,

And it made life

so much sweeter.

Like he always said,

"eat dessert first,"

And, boy,

did we eat dessert first.

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Tamar Halpern

Tamar Halpern is a writer and director living in Los Angeles. She holds an M.F.A. degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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