Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (2011) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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.

  • 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.


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  • "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life" is a coming of age, adventure drama that is a warm depiction of parental love and wisdom as a boy grows into his own understanding and acceptance of life. Jeremy will turn thirteen in one month. But does he have what it takes to be a teenager? He is a clever boy who doesnt like change and won't venture more than four blocks from his apartment if he can help it. Dissimilarly, his best friend, Lizzy, is a spunky risk taker who likes to get into trouble now and then.

    Jeremy and Lizzys summer takes a surprising turn when a mysterious wooden box arrives in the mail. Engraved on the top are the words "The Meaning of Life. For Jeremy Fink on his 13th birthday". It is clearly the handy work of Jeremy's father who was killed in a car accident five years earlier. Even more mysterious is the intricate design of the box that can only be opened by four keys or everything inside will be destroyed. Unfortunately, the keys to the box are missing.

    As Jeremy contemplates the words on the box, the quest for the missing keys begins. Jeremy and Lizzy travel all over Manhattan, from flea markets to museums to fancy office building, looking for the keys. In one of their desperate efforts to find them, a regrettable incident forces Jeremy and Lizzy to perform community service returning pawned items to their original owners. The duo meets a wide range of characters including a fortune teller, a prominent astrologer, and a prominent congregation, all of whom share their perspectives on the meaning of life. Jeremy and Lizzy unexpectedly find insights into science, religion, friendship, and family.

    Four keys. Two friends. One answer.

    Or, maybe not.

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