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The Odd Life of Timothy Green Movie Review

August 15, 2012

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By: Lynn Barker

Hey, take a second look at that kid you know who is a little different. That person might just make your life way better.

Sad News

Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) are a cool young couple who really want kids. When the doc tells them that won’t be happening they mourn a bit then write up a wish list of every good quality they would like in their child; things like honest to a fault and a good heart, funny and smart. They put the list in a box and bury it in their garden.

Magical Storm

A sudden rainstorm hits just their house and they start hearing noises downstairs. A robber? Nope, it’s a boy covered in mud!  They note a few leaves growing out of his lower legs and realize he “grew” out of their wish list! They call him Timothy (CJ Adams) and he automatically calls them “Mom” and “Dad”.

The new family performs a songThe new family performs a song

Explaining Timothy

After they stop freaking out, the couple decides to say they adopted Timothy. He’s a little.. well, weird. He always looks on the bright side of every situation, even being teased at school about the high socks he wears (to cover up the leaves). Tim seems wimpy to his macho granddad Jim Sr. (David Morse) when he can’t play soccer and he so upsets Cindy’s uptight boss (Dianne Wiest) with his frank description of her ugly chin hairs that she fires Cindy! Well, the couple did ask for a totally honest kid.

Meeting a BFF

Finally Timothy meets a very hot and fun, slightly older girl Joni (Odeya Rush) who has her own personal secret to hide. Trying to be happy all the time and please everyone makes Timothy love to retreat to his fun “fort” in the woods that he and Joni have built.

Timothy and friend JoniTimothy and friend Joni

Changing a Town

After he makes almost everyone in town a happier human being, helps save his dad’s factory and makes his grandpa proud of him, Tim starts to change but he doesn’t tell his parents. Will Tim and his parents keep their new family going or is a big change coming?

Wrapping up

The movie posterThe movie poster

Quirky and offbeat, this fantasy film mixes humor with some tearjerker moments and creates its own rules but, before too long, you are believing them.  Jennifer Garner makes a funny and cool mom and Joel Edgerton is a great kind-hearted dad with his own childhood issues due to his overbearing and strict father, played really grumpy-good by David Morse. 12-year-old CJ Adams is the right mix of kid-from-another-world and normal tween as Timothy.

This is something you can see with your buds and/or your parents. It’s a little long and drags at times and you really need to put your “what if” hat on as well. What if a couple wished for a kid and he just grew out of the garden? What if his honesty and loving nature could melt hard hearts? If you have a love of fantasy and movies about the rise of the underdog then The Odd Life of Timothy Green will make you smile and just maybe cause you to think twice about not giving kids who are “different” a chance.

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