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Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life -- Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a coming of age, adventure drama that warmly depicts parental love and wisdom as a boy grows into his own understanding and acceptance of life. Twelve-year-old Jeremy receives a wooden box in the mail with the words, “The Meaning of Life—for Jeremy Fink to open on his 13th birthday.” He recognizes the box as his dad’s handiwork, although his dad passed away five years earlier. The box has four locks, requiring four keys. But the keys are missing. He and his best friend Lizzy set off on a quest through the streets of Manhattan to find the keys before time runs out.


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Jeremy Fink and his best friend Lizzy must search high and low throughout the streets of Manhattan for clues to unlock the mysterious box he received a month before his birthday. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Maxwell Beer ... Jeremy Fink

Ryan Simpkins ... Lizzy Muldoun

Mira Sorvino ... Elaine

Joe Pantoliano ... Oswald Oswald III (as Joe Peter Pantoliano)

Michael Urie ... James

Marian Seldes ... Mabel Billingsly

Heather Braverman ... Samantha

Roscoe Orman ... Dr. Grady

Betsy Brandt ... Madame Zaleski
Seth Kanor ... Jeremy's Dad (voice)
Christopher King ... Garlic Man (as Chris King)

Daniel Cosgrove ... Herb Muldoun

Mike Starr ... Officer Polansky
Gavin Furbert ... Security Guard

Markley Rizzi ... Mary

Nimo Gandhi ... Fred

Michael Pemberton ... Doorman
Amelia Bullock ... Girl on Bus
Steve Grodewald ... Tatooed Guy

Joe Huu ... Shady Character #1
Eddie Perry ... Shady Character #2

David Thornton ... Simon Rudolph
Jacob Michel ... Cassius
Evan Trevor Thompson ... Clay (as Evan Thompson)
Wendy Mass ... Wendy
Ryan Glassman ... Rick
Gary Allen ... Larry
Ngo Okafor ... Sebastian (as Ngoli Okafor)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vava Buitenkant ... Homeless Dude's Wife (uncredited)
Bill Walters ... Homeless Dude (uncredited)

Directed by
Tamar Halpern 
Writing credits
Wendy Mass (based upon the book by)

Tamar Halpern (screenplay by)

Produced by
Steven C. Beer .... executive producer
Lauren Bullock .... producer
Jack M. Dalgleish .... executive producer
Jenny Federman .... co-executive producer
Ken H. Keller .... producer
Rosemary Lombard .... associate producer
Berry Meyerowitz .... executive producer
Edythe Michel .... co-executive producer
Caron Rudner .... co-producer (as Caron Rudner-Keller)
Caron Rudner .... line producer (as Caron Rudner-Keller)
Terry Schnuck .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jordan Halpern Schwartz  (as Jordan Halpern)
Cinematography by
Ken H. Keller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Maria Cataldo 
Casting by
Adrienne Stern 
Production Design by
Kai Lee 
Art Direction by
Courtenay W. Irving 
Set Decoration by
Doug Hwang 
Costume Design by
Chris Field  (as Christine Field)
Makeup Department
Myriam Arghoueti .... key hair
Myriam Arghoueti .... key makeup
Lucy Delatorre .... assistant makeup/hair (as Luz 'Lucy' Delatorre)
Production Management
Gretchen McGowan .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Marie Dentici .... second assistant director
Bruce Hall .... first assistant director (as Bruce Edward Hall)
Art Department
Anthony Argento .... art department production assistant
Burke E. Cherrie .... art assistant
Darnell Davis .... art assistant
Devon Gillan .... art department coordinator
Cynthia Harrington .... art assistant
Kai Lee .... design consultant
Ernesto Sutton .... art assistant
Greg Thomas .... props
Victor Torres .... props
Sound Department
Tammy Douglas .... sound mixer
Jeremy L Kotin .... audio post supervisor
John Northcraft .... post audio engineer
James Panepinto .... sound editor
Colin Thibadeau .... dialogue editor
Colin Thibadeau .... sound editor
Marcin Tyszka .... boom operator (as Marcin Tyska)
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator (as Doug Crosby)
Jen Weissenberg .... stunt coordinator (as Jennifer Weissenberg)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Bennett .... key grip
Richard Bizenza .... grip production assistant
Edgar Cabral .... chief lighting technician
Chris Carr .... additional: still photography
Rudie Carty .... best boy electric
Maria Cataldo .... additional: transition footage shot by
Jim Denny .... b camera operator
Alvah Holmes .... first assistant a camera
Nadine Martinez .... second assistant camera
Wesley Mason .... grip electric production assistant
Robert Yutaka Omura .... camera production assistant
Rico Osorio .... best boy electric
Francesco Pinna .... best boy electric
Rebekah Protulipac .... additional: still photography
Che Roacher .... best boy grip
Paul Schiraldi .... still photographer
Krista Schlueter .... additional: still photography
Samantha Silver .... second assistant camera
Steve Sindell .... still photographer
Jon Stevens .... grip and electric swing
Benjamin Suarez .... generator helper
Aileen Taylor .... first assistant camera
G.T. Womack .... first assistant b camera (as Geoffrey Todd Womack)
Animation Department
Lia Burton .... animation production assistant
Marina Cavalli .... animation production assistant
Lisa Chung .... animation production assistant
Leila Fakouri .... animation director
Leila Fakouri .... production designer
Brandon Hirzel .... motion graphics: 2D
Gordy Knouse .... animation production assistant
Gary Lauten .... animation editor
Daniel Maxwell .... animation production assistant
Cassie Miggins .... art director: animation
Azul Niño .... animation production assistant (as Azul Nino)
James Petersmeyer .... animation photographer
Casting Department
Emily Bates .... extras casting associate
Lauren Bullock .... executive in charge of casting
Jenny Federman .... additional casting
Elaine Gordon .... additional casting
Chistina Martinez .... casting assistant
Cristina Martinez .... casting associate (as Cristina Martin)
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting director
Kendra Patterson .... additional casting
Eric Souliere .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamara Cepeda .... wardrobe supervisor
Chris Field .... costume desinger (as Christine Field)
Alyssa Green .... wardrobe intern
Justin Hall .... assistant costume designer
William Linares .... assistant costume designer
Michelle Tazbaz .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Andrea Ashton .... post production: delivery
Finlay Bodman .... post-production production assistant
Emelie Ericson .... post-production production assistant
Moritz Fortmann .... colorist
Moritz Fortmann .... hd finishing artist
Chad Griffith .... additional assistant editor
Chad Griffith .... editor: IT
Peter Heady .... additional hd editing: and finishing
Ben Lay .... video technician
Gretchen McGowan .... post production consultant
Boon Shin Ng .... digital workflow supervisor
Boon Shin Ng .... video technician
Tim Spitzer .... hd supervisor
Sabina-Elease Utley .... hd post producer
Jason C. Ward .... assistant editor
Jason C. Ward .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Julie Majeski .... location coordinator
Omari Miller .... location assistant
Andrew Nahas .... assistant locations
Drew Nahas .... location manager
Teddy Yoon .... location consultant (as Edward 'Teddy' Yoon)
Music Department
Moritz Fortmann .... composer: additional music
Dylan S. Howe .... original music by
Jennifer R. Mandel .... music supervisor
Booka Michel .... music producer
Jim Papoulis .... music composed by
Transportation Department
Maurice Cabrera .... parking coordinator
Benjamin Suarez .... generator driver
Other crew
Gilman Alcock .... file clerk
Anthony Argento .... production assistant
Steven C. Beer .... legal counsel: Greenberg & Traurig
Richard Bizenza .... set production assistant
Blaine Chou .... intern
Theo Cusick .... background set production assistant (as Theodore Cusick)
Katie Ennis .... production assistant
Christopher Essey .... key production assistant (as Chris Essey)
Adam Gambrel .... first team production assistant
Martin B. Halpern .... scientific advisor (as Professor Martin B. Halpern)
Dan Koppie .... website
Veronica Lupu .... script supervisor
Perry Mallas .... catering/craft services
Maria Miles .... legal counsel: Greenberg & Traurig
Junior Mitil .... production assistant
Mario Pece .... intern
Mario Pece .... office intern
Bob Pitto .... production accountant
Robert L. Pitto .... production accountant
Samantha Racanelli .... development consultant
Kayla Rodriguez .... assistant production coordinator
Lee Rydeberg .... production assistant (as Lee Rydberg)
Justine Simonson .... production coordinator
Michael Sparkes .... assistant to producers
Michael Sparkes .... production assistant
Gary Specter .... intern (as Gary Spector)
Gary Specter .... office intern
Evan Thompson .... intern
Taylor Williams .... production assistant
Tariq Yasin .... production assistant
Marissa Zavodsky .... production assistant
Kayee Au .... the producers wish to thank
Bonnie Landers Beer .... the producers wish to thank
Elena Berriolo .... the producers wish to thank
Hugh Broder .... the producers wish to thank
Ernest Bullock .... the producers wish to thank
Mary Lou Bullock .... the producers wish to thank
Alex De La Torre-McGee .... the producers wish to thank
Allison Gergley .... the producers wish to thank
Abigail Gumbiner .... the producers wish to thank
Jordan Halpern Schwartz .... the producers wish to thank (as Jordan Halpern)
Betty Ann Halpern .... the producers wish to thank
Carolina Hoyos .... the producers wish to thank
Jake Keene .... the producers wish to thank
Elizabeth Leifer .... the producers wish to thank
Anna Loesby .... the producers wish to thank
Sarah Loesby .... the producers wish to thank
Josh Mondry .... the producers wish to thank
Mark J. Policarpio .... the producers wish to thank
Gretchen Protulipac .... in memory of
Sarah Protulipac .... in memory of
Devond Rodgers .... the producers wish to thank
George Roth III .... the producers wish to thank
Raphael Rubenstein .... the producers wish to thank
Jane Schachat .... the producers wish to thank
Alison Segura .... the producers wish to thank
Sallie Slate .... the producers wish to thank
Jen Smith .... the producers wish to thank
Margaret To .... the producers wish to thank
Ted Weinrib .... the producers wish to thank
Doug Weiser .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
91 min

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Marian Seldes' final film.See more »
Continuity: When Jeremy and Lizzy go up the stairs at Oswald's house, Lizzy's bag changes to an orange bag that she has with her on another day. It happens again when they go down the stairs.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A creative, heartwarming, and thoughtful story for the whole family., 28 May 2012
Author: stripeythecrab from Minnesota, United States

We have here a creative coming-of-age story with a message that challenges viewers to slow down and enjoy the little moments of life that make it worth living.

The titular Jeremy Fink lives with his librarian mother in an apartment next door to his best friend Lizzy Muldoun. Both have lost a parent and have grown up together - they have a very deep-rooted friendship. As Jeremy's thirteenth birthday approaches, he receives a box with the label "To Jeremy Fink: the Meaning of Life" in the mail from his deceased father. But the box is locked four times, and none of Lizzy's ideas are working to get it open.

To make a long story short, the two end up being assigned community service by the local police department. Their services involve running errands and deliveries for a very eccentric gentleman by the name of Oswald. Over time, the pair learn various tidbits of information from the recipients of Oswald's deliveries, and slowly piece together the puzzle of the "Meaning of Life."

The spot-on interaction and behavior of the almost-teenage actors is enjoyable to both children and adults. There is plenty of good natured humor that everyone can appreciate, and there is enough serious, real life dilemmas to balance out the feel of the movie. The plot is well paced, and while it's no Hollywood blockbuster, it certainly is well done technically and emotionally.

Overall, this movie takes a story that is enjoyable on its own, and makes something more out of it. It gives something for viewers to take away after they leave the theater - something that hopefully will help them learn to enjoy the small things in life that make us who we are. I give this movie a nine-out-of-ten rating because it has a more lasting impact than just some crazy action scenes and special effects. It actually has meaning and relevance for your everyday human being.

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