We recently reviewed the movie Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
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My husband and I both enjoyed the movie. I’ve always liked Mira Sorvino, however, she didn’t play a large role in this film. The story-line is great for tweens as there’s no sexual content, no violence and no hateful material. I always have to wonder in these movies why the kids are allowed to go out on their own, wonder the streets, drive in the cars of people they don’t know, enter homes they are unfamiliar with, etc. I have to think back to my own youth and recall, “Oh, yes. We watched movies like this, too!” Adventures in Babysitting and such stories, where the kids are on their own and somehow they make it through unharmed.
Of course, Adventures in Babysitting was far more ‘grown-up’ than the Jeremy Fink movie – which I appreciated With so many garbage movies around today, even for young kids, it was really nice to watch a movie that I didn’t have to fast forward through or feel angry about when the credits rolled (for the blatant push toward the sexualization of young kids).
My favorite character in the movie was the side kick best friend. Her feisty and loyal personality reminded me of my own youth. I also appreciated the sweet friendship shared by the main characters and their desire to never bring each other harm. The mother/son relationship was great, too. It was a bit out-of-the-norm which suits me just fine. The blunt nature of their discussions made me think about my own 13 year old and our oft-painful chats that somehow end up healing both of us in time. Jeremy lost his father in the movie… my situation was based on divorce.
Nonetheless, there are feelings of loss on both sides and I related to the mother’s sadness in the movie and her desire to see her son succeed through the pain.
Quick note: If you are wondering about the movie’s final message, I’ll fill you in. This is not a faith-based movie. The moral of the story is a secular one. We are a faith-based home here but we also watch family friendly non-faith-based flicks. That gives us a chance to have even more discussions with our children about varying points of view.
Buy the DVD at CD Universe or from your favorite DVD retailer.
Disclosure: I received a free DVD in exchange for my honest review of the film.