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Disney brings enchantment home with The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story for the whole family starring Jennifer Garner. Cindy (Garner) and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim — and their small town of Stanleyville — learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. From Academy Award®-nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (About A Boy, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002; Dan In Real Life; What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) — and complete with engaging bonus features — it's a heartwarming celebration of family as only Disney can deliver.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 123
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 82
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mostly, The Odd Life of Timothy Green feels contrived , if undeniably sweet.
Rotten: It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.
Rotten: Someday we should hold a contest to see who's better at smiling through tears: Robin Williams or Jennifer Garner.
Rotten: [It] invites critical derision, and Mom always taught me it was rude to refuse an invitation.
A SENTIMENTAL MOVIE FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" isn't exactly the kind of family film that'll leave your kids feeling happy by the end. If anything, it'll spark discussions about where babies come from. I'll admit, I had no expectations walking in to see this movie. From one view of that annoyingly cutesy trailer, I knew I wasn't gonna like it, but my family wanted to see it over "ParaNorman" that day so I went with the flow. And while it thankfully didn't end up being a total bomb like I thought it would be, it wasn't all that satisfying to begin with. The story is basically about a happily married couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) who desperately want to start a family, but are unable to conceive. So one night, they write all the attributes of their dream child on scraps of paper that they bury in a box in the garden. Later that evening, during a violent storm, a dirt-covered, leaf-sprouting creature crawls its way out of the soil and into the couple's house. That garden monster turns out to be a young boy named Timothy, an awkwardly optimistic 10-year-old with the sweet disposition of a compassionate elderly woman. Over the course of the film, he positively affects everyone he meets, and his new parents end up learning more from him than they ever thought possible. That may sound like the corniest premise for any film ever made (and it is), but it does mean well. The characters are sickeningly charming and sentimental to a fault, and the story is almost entirely free of any real conflict till the end. At the same time, everyone in the cast genuinely commits to their performances, particularly CJ Adams as Timothy Green. Reminiscent of Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense", Adams is endearing without being too overbearing, and as emotionally distant as his character may be at times, he's still pretty likable. Garner and Edgerton are also enjoyable as Timothy's mom and dad, but their characters' obnoxious personalities can become somewhat wearisome after a while. At the end of the day, I wouldn't call "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" a bad film, but it still leaves much to be desired. It's clear that this movie was made with only the best intentions in mind, but it's executed in such a forcibly dramatic and overly sappy way that it nearly takes all the fun out of the story for some of the younger audience members. So just keep in mind that if you plan on watching this flick with the family, not everyone will enjoy it. Personally, I just didn't find this film as deep and poignant as others may have, but for any fan of feel-good melodramas, it's worth a rent at the very least.
A movie to watch with the fam
It was a cute, uplifting movie! I definitely recommend it to those with families or to those that who love watching movies that make you appreciate life!
Feel good family movie
It was one of those movies that slowly grows on you (no pun intended, happy mistake). Not every movie needs to be intense. Sometimes you just want to sit down and enjoy a nice movie without all the zany special effects. Sometimes it's just nice to watch a movie about people, relationships, and the phenomenon that connects us: hope.