Flashback summary and ending explained

In Flashback, moments after dying, Jess, a yoga instructor, gets a chance to avoid this event from ever happening. The movie is now streaming on Netflix.

Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers

Plot summary

Jess is a yoga instructor who has been seeing an entity that resembles Dr. Bones, a vulture-skull creature she admired growing up. Dr. Bones makes Jess feel safe, and hence she has a stuffed toy of the character at home.

However, she can’t explain the entity that she has been seeing. She fails to discuss this with her friend too, who ridicules this thought.

Jess and her boyfriend, Scott, are getting more serious about their relationship. Scott even bought a ring to make it official. Unfortunately, that night, someone breaks into their house.

Jess sends Scott to check. She hears a gunshot, and when she follows to see what is up, she finds Scott shot to death. The shooter claims that he didn’t mean to shoot Scott. The scared shooter then proceeds to shoot Jess as well.

Flashback ending explained in detail:

What happens to Jess?

It is said that when a person dies, their life flashes before their eyes. A person’s special moments are collected and brought together to remind them what life can offer—the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Jess always wondered if she could control that flashback, live in a particular moment, and be able to change things. Jess has been waiting to experience this flashback. Once she does, her wish is granted as she goes back to the time she turned 13.

What changes does Jess make?

It’s 2008, and Jess is at her own birthday party. She plans to look for Scott and convince him not to have a relationship with her ever, or else they will die in the future.

Jess finds Scott, who is playing at her party. She narrates how they are going to fall in love with each other in the future. Scott thinks that Jess is being weird, but Jess doesn’t give up.

Dr. Bones appears. Scott sees Dr. Bones too. Jess’ time is running out. She makes Scott promise her that he will never talk to her again. Scott promises her. Before leaving, she kisses Scott and then slaps him.

Does Jess’ plan work?

Jess wakes up in 2022 again. A missing toothbrush in her bathroom hints that she is single. Jess no longer sees Dr. Bones, but she does see Scott outside a cafe. Scott is now with Jess’ friend, and they have a baby together.

She got the opportunity to take another path. However, it led someone else to have a happy ending, and Jess will have to find her own now. Jess asks the viewers whether they would take an opportunity such as this, even if it meant that someone else would get their happy ending.

Meanwhile, it can be concluded that Dr. Bones, whom Jess believed would protect her, did give her another chance at life.

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