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My Harrigan’s Phone ending explained – can they communicate beyond the grave?

October 5, 2022

This review is a detailed explanation of the ending of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone and may contain spoilers.

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The Netflix movie begins with Craig (played by Jaeden Martell) running through a forest, distressed until he reaches the end of a cliff and looks like he is considering jumping. All the while, we have cuts to a hand slowly touching an iPhone.

Cut to a montage of a city with a narrator who speaks to us about themselves. We learn that Craig recently lost his mother, and we learn how he first met Mr. Harrigan and how he ended up working for him. read to him because his eyesight is failing.

As the film progresses, we see their working relationship grow into a friendship through their growing love for literature as Craig reads to her three times a week, for over five years. There’s a nice scene where Craig says he likes to come, he comes to read for him because he wants to, not for the money. You can see that they’re both filling a void in their lives, and that friendship is refreshing to see on screen.

Craig buys Mr. Harrigan a cell phone so they can talk more. Harrigan taught Craig business, finance, and literature, and now Craig teaches him technology and social media. Both contribute something to each other’s lives and that’s why it’s very heartbreaking to watch when Craig comes home to find Mr. Harrigan dead in his chair. Craig sits down and reads to her one last time while waiting for help.

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At the funeral, Craig sneakily put Mr Harrigan’s phone in his coffin and, after receiving a text message, fears he may still be alive. His father reassures him that he isn’t and that Craig should talk to someone about how he feels.

As Craig is now in high school, the typical bullying has begun, to the point where he is beaten up at the school dance. Who can he contact? He calls Mr. Harrigan’s phone. Shortly after, bully Kenny is found dead. Does Harrigan have anything to do with this?

Craig moves on, gets a writing scholarship to Boston, and begins to have a semi-normal, more social life. Just when we think everything is going well for him, his kind teacher is killed in a tragic car accident. Being the only person who was also kind to him, Craig rushes home and angrily calls Mr. Harrigan’s phone wishing that the culprit Dean Whitmore be killed. Instantly regretting this, you can see that Craig is confused, scared, and can’t believe if these murders are due to the supernatural Harrigan.

Shortly after, Dean commits suicide in his cell. This causes Craig to panic and scream in his car.

My Harrigan’s Phone ending explained

In the final scenes, we’re taken back to the beginning with Craig running through the woods to the edge. He gets up, takes out his phone and throws it into the water below. He then pulls out the other phone, fixes it, puts it gently in his pocket, turns around and walks away.

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Craig says, “In the 21st century, phones are the way we’re married to the world…a bad marriage,” and how when he dies he wants to be buried with empty pockets. In case. For me, cremate me so that never happens. As he walks away into the woods, we fade to black.

This movie is very much about grief and how we deal with it. The supernatural aspect is close to the reality that potentially one day we will be able to use technology to speak to loved ones who have passed away. The film tries to teach us not to be obsessed and controlled by material possessions, but to enjoy life while we still can. A moving film, touching and charged with layers of emotions.

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