Movie review – The Odd Life of Timothy Green

I took my wife and my nine-year old son to watch Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” this afternoon, at the local discount theater here in Santa Ana, the Picture Show, at the MainPlace Mall.  So we got to see what turned out to be a wonderful family film for only $2 each.

Here is how the movie is described on IMDB: “A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.”

The stars include Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as the parents of the mysterious little boy played by CJ Adams.  He wins you over right away!  And he was actually ten years old when the film was made, which is Timothy Green’s age.  Adams’ father is the golf author, personality, and radio commentator Matt Adams.

Garner and Edgerton play Cindy and Jim Green, a nice couple in a small town where just about everybody works for the local pencil factory, except Cindy, who w0rks at the museum that chronicles the history of the pencil factory.  The Greens are desperate to have a child but early on their doctor informs them that they simply cannot have kids.

Magic is in the air that evening as their dreams of an ideal child come true in the form of Timothy Green, who literally sprouts from their garden.

Odeya Rush and CJ Adams

Still shot from the movie’s trailer, featuring Odeya Rush and CJ Adams

Odeya Rush plays a young lady named Joni Jerome.  She and the rest of the cast of characters quickly fall for Timothy too and as the film rolls you see him quickly making a difference in everyone’s lives.

We have seen plots like this before in many films but this one is particularly endearing and by the time the movie drew to a close there wasn’t a dry eye in the movie theater – except for kids like my son who liked the movie but found it to be a bit slow.

The movie has grossed $51,489,663 (as of Nov. 23, 2012) and is now playing at discount theaters.  If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it.  Your entire family will appreciate the message of this fine movie – never give up!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is written and directed by Peter Hedges and produced by Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders, and Jim Whitaker.

2 responses to “Movie review – The Odd Life of Timothy Green

  1. Even though there isn’t anything really special behind this story that you haven’t seen before, it’s still a nice and enjoyable family-oriented flick that will teach kids that it’s ok to be weird. Just always stay true to yourself no matter what. Good review.

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