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

# I'm thinking about

the meaning of life #

# I'm thinking about

the meaning of life #

# thinking about

the meaning of life #

# how many chances

will I get #

# to hold you?

# what if tomorrow

is my next #

# to last

# then what would happen

if I never #

# told you

# that I love you?

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba #

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba #

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba ba #

# looking up to Heaven

through my telescope #

# I wonder if you're up there

looking down #

# if you hear me,

show me a sign, give me hope #

# let me know

you'll always be around #

# if I could travel

to the past #

# and see you again

# I'd gladly step

into a time machine #

# I wouldn't hold it back #

# I'd easily say

to you then #

# I love you

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba #

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba #

# ba-ba-ba

ba ba ba ba ba ba #

# I'm thinking about

the meaning of life #

# thinking about

the meaning of life #

# thinking about

the meaning of life #

# and love...

it's the first day

of Summer vacation,

And my sweat smells like

peanut butter.

I live on peanut butter


So my sweat smells

like peanut butter

Instead of B.O.,

which is fine.

I'd rather smell like a school

cafeteria than a school gym.

In two weeks, I turn 13,

Which is kind of a big deal

if you've ever been 12.

I'm pretty sure there's

a secret handshaking

You learn when you're a teen

like a seal of approval

Or a sign that says,

"congrats, you're in the club,

Even if you smell

like peanut butter. "

Knock yourself out, kid.

Everyone should have

a collection.

That's what my dad

always said.

My dad collected used furniture

and was always on the hunt

For a 13-cent stamp

issued in Hawaii in 1913.

There is only 13 in existence

so, you know,

Jackpot if you find one.

Even my best friend Lizzy

has a collection.


my best friend's a girl,

And, no, I don't have a crush

on her.


And when I say Lizzy collects,

I mean she steals.

I'm pretty sure one day

she'll get us arrested,

But for now she only takes

stuff that no one would miss,

Stuff like playing cards

and banana stickers.

Well, well, ahoy there,

Summer vacationers.


you're embarrassing me.

Really? Because

when I said it yesterday,

You thought

it was very funny

You did.

Alright, fine.

Well, I have your... my

magazine. Right, thank you.

You're reading

"teen fashion"?

And I have a package for you,

master fink.


Ah, wait a minute.

Now it says it's for your


But it's addressed to your mom,

and it's registered mail,

So that means it has

to be signed by...

An adult. Correct. So I'm sorry.


my mom's at work all day,

You know that,

And I don't think

she would mind if I signed it.

well, you are

as tall as some adults,

And you're almost 13.


You're being a pain.

okay. Fine then.

Sign right there.

The pen's in there.

And, you young lady,

I expect your chores to be done

By the time

I finish my route.

Yes, sir.

Right away, sir.

All right,

now make like bananas and split.


Wait, Lizzy, we have to pack

this up neatly

So my mom doesn't know

we opened it.

What the heck?

Lizzy, look at the date.

That's the day

your dad died.

I can't believe

it's been five years.

Oh! Ahem,

"scientists believe black holes

Might be the key

to time travel. "

You need to put this

in your file.

I already have it in my file.

I clipped it

on the week of his funeral.


there's a letter.

"from the law offices

of Liam Goffanine Esquire.

"dear Elaine, I know I wasn't

supposed to send this

"until Jeremy's birthday,

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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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