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.

Director:

Charlie Kaufman

Writers:

Charlie Kaufman (written for the screen by), Iain Reid (based on the book by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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The third Charlie Kaufman movie to be based on a book after Adaptation. (2002) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002). He did write a draft for Chaos Walking (2021) before the production of Ending Things, but eventually left that project. See more »

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Quotes

[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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Connections

References Forget Paris (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Tulsey Town Jingle
Lyrics by Charlie Kaufman
Music by Jay Wadley
Performed by Deanna Storey
Celeste by Adam Weiss
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I wish I had read the book
5 September 2020 | by tornado-96879See all my reviews

The hardest part about watching this movie was trying to figure out why I was watching it. At the end, I had to look up interpretations, which I think took a lot of the magic and reflection out of what a movie should be. I wish it would've been a little less abstract, for those of us who watched it independently from the book, and aren't abstract minded enough to pull meaning out of thin air.

Other than not knowing what the hell was happening, the acting was phenomenal, and so was the dialogue. Now off to the library to try to get something useful out of this story.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

4 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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