We're Still Thinking Of Things In 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things' : Pop Culture Happy Hour In the Netflix film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, the plot is easy to follow. A young couple played by Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons drives through a snowstorm to the farmhouse where Plemons' character grew up. They have dinner with his parents, played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis, then they drive home. That's it. That's the movie. Simple, right? Wrong! This is a Charlie Kaufman movie, and that means things are trippy and dreamlike and just plain weird from the jump. Note: This conversation delves into spoilers that discuss specific plot points and theories to try to unpack just what this movie is actually about!
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We're Still Thinking Of Things In 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things'

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We're Still Thinking Of Things In 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things'

We're Still Thinking Of Things In 'I'm Thinking Of Ending Things'

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Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis sit for an awkward dinner in Charlie Kauffman's latest film, I'm Thinking Of Ending Things. Mary Cybulski/Netflix hide caption

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Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis sit for an awkward dinner in Charlie Kauffman's latest film, I'm Thinking Of Ending Things.

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In the Netflix film, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, the plot is easy to follow. A young couple played by Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons drives through a snowstorm to the farmhouse where Plemons' character grew up. They have dinner with his parents, played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis, then they drive home. That's it. That's the movie. Simple, right?

Wrong! This is a Charlie Kaufman movie, and that means things are trippy and dreamlike and just plain weird from the jump. Safe to say that what you take away from this movie depends a lot on your tolerance for Kaufmanesque navel-gazing, and your willingness to go along for what turns out to be a deeply strange ride.

Note: This conversation delves into spoilers that discuss specific plot points and theories to try to unpack just what this movie is actually about!

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The audio was produced and edited by Mike Katzif and Jessica Reedy.