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I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.


Charlie Kaufman


Charlie Kaufman (written for the screen by), Iain Reid (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Plemons ... Jake
Jessie Buckley ... Young Woman
Toni Collette ... Mother
David Thewlis ... Father
Guy Boyd ... Janitor
Hadley Robinson ... Laurey / Tulsey Town Girl 1
Gus Birney ... Aunt Eller / Tulsey Town Girl 2
Abby Quinn ... Tulsey Town Girl 3
Colby Minifie ... Yvonne
Anthony Robert Grasso ... Diner Manager (as Anthony Grasso)
Teddy Coluca ... Diner Customer
Jason Ralph ... Yvonne's Boyfriend
Oliver Platt ... The Voice (voice)
Frederick Wodin Frederick Wodin ... Dancing Janitor (as Fredrick E. Wodin)
Ryan Steele ... Dancing Jake


Despite second thoughts about their relationship, a young woman (Jessie Buckley) takes a road trip with her new boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to his family farm. Trapped at the farm during a snowstorm with Jake's mother (Toni Collette) and father (David Thewlis), the young woman begins to question the nature of everything she knew or understood about her boyfriend, herself, and the world. An exploration of regret, longing and the fragility of the human spirit, I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS is directed and written by Academy Award® winner Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Inspired by Iain Reid's bestselling namesake novel. Written by Netflix

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In an interview, Jessie Buckley stated that, when she received the script, Charlie Kaufman described her character (The Young Woman) as "Molecular". See more »


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[first lines]
Young Woman: [narrating] I'm thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. IIt sticks, it lingers, it dominates. There's not much I can do about it, trust me. It doesn't go away. It's there whether I like it or not. It's there when I eat, when I go to bed. It's there when I sleep. It's there when I wake up. It's always there. Always.
Young Woman: I haven't been thinking about it for long. The idea's new. But it feels old at the same time. When did it start? What if this thought wasn't ...
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Crazy Credits

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Peabody's Improbable History
Written by Frank Comstock (as Frank G. Cornstock)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation
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User Reviews

The book really helps you understand this movie better
4 September 2020 | by isaacglover_05See all my reviews

I have been waiting all year for this movie to come out!

I am a huge fan of the novel. It was short, it was quick, but it was highly nuanced and it packed a great psychological punch to the gut. I was extreme.y excited to see the novel come to life on the screen, and to have it directed by Charlie Kaufman just makes complete sense.

"Kaufman" is an adjective just as much as it is a name. You hear that a movie is "Kaufman-esque" and you know exactly what it means. Something that will require multiple viewings, something that requires your attention to be on the movie at all times, something that demands you to take in every piece of dialogue and symbol and image and interpret it on the fly as the movie comes along. This movie is no different from Kaufman's other films such as "Anomalisa", "Synecdoche, New York", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and so on. Nothing is wasted, nothing is there for no reason. It is all tightly packed and all comes together. The book may require a few re-reads, just like how this movie will require a few rewatches.

I don't want to say a whole lot out of fear that I spoil the movie. But it is everything that I have hoped and more: atmospheric, dream-like, unsettling, glitchy and mind-bending. I am extremely pleased with how this movie turned out.

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Release Date:

4 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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