On March 6, 2012, get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even solve some of life’s deepest mysteries with Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life from Phase 4 Films! This family-friendly adventure film starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano will be released on DVD, on demand and in digital release in just six days, but I was lucky enough to receive a screener of the movie so that I could see what it was like. Here’s a brief synopsis of the film:
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 is up to Jeremy and his best friend Lizzy to use their imaginations to search high and low throughout Manhattan for clues. Their adventure takes them from flea markets 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!
The movie is rated PG and while it didn’t contain any scary or upsetting scenes, the plot was a little bit too complex for my two boys so my husband and I sat down to watch the movie together one evening. I was soon caught up in the story of Jeremy and Lizzy’s adventure and so was my husband! This is essentially a coming-of-age story and while it superficially chronicled Jeremy’s journey around Manhattan, what it was really chronicling was his journey to manhood. I was so touched by this story and I couldn’t believe how many times I found myself wiping tears from my eyes or laughing out loud.
The DVD, which has a suggested retail price of $29.99, includes tons of special features including cast interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers and so much more. But what I loved most about this movie was its fun, feel-good plot. In fact, the only thing I would like to have seen done a little differently was the ending. It was satisfying and completely explained everything, but I think I honestly would have preferred a little less explanation and a little more mystery; the sense of wonder I felt watching the events unfold was part of the movie’s magic!
To learn more about the film, be sure to check out the Phase 4 Films Facebook page or follow @Phase4Films on Twitter. And if you’re looking for an absorbing movie for your family movie night, check out this sweet film on March 6, 2012 for yourself. Its themes of friendship, growth, determination and empathy are sure to leave you inspired and ready to celebrate every special moment of your own life!
Buy It: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life will be available at DVD retailers nationwide on March 6, 2012