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Plot: 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.
Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 14 Aug 2012
What a wonderful movie! Because you can read the summary, I will just tell you our reaction to it. We were lucky enough to receive tickets to a pre-release screening of this moving. We took the whole family, 5 boys ages 5-16, and my husband and myself. Everyone loved it. Even the 5 year old, and that is no small thing. This movie will make you laugh and cry and then laugh again. And the laughing moments range from chuckles to totally surprise you as they burst out of your chest howls out loud. Though we have our boys, we are waiting to adopt a girl, so the theme of parents who want a child <more>
that they can't seem to have, and the theme of taking in a child that you didn't give birth to and/or adoption really hit home for us. I sat at the end of the movie and cried, and they were tears of laughter and sadness and hope all mixed up together. Even if you're not interested in adoption, this is really a touching show. I wish Disney made more movies like this. Totally clean, nothing even remotely possibly offensive, and yet it wasn't just a kid show. It was interesting, engaging, witty. As noted above - good for everyone from ages 5 to 40!
The Best Movie I've Seen In a Long Time! (by rpgdancer)
So, I don't have all that much to say, except that this was the best movie I've seen in a long time. I saw it yesterday and had chills the entire time. I laughed and cried, but I left the theatre with a smile on my face that lasted the entire day. Although marketed as a kids movie, it is far better for teens and adults to see. I believe that this movie should be shown in schools to teach tolerance and understanding of those who are different. I'm a special education teacher and I also work at the movie theatre. I was awed by the depth of the film, and as I told guests when they <more>
purchased their tickets, it was simply fabulous. I had many guests come back to me when they were finished watching it saying that they loved it too. Please spread the word that this movie is a must see. The only way it will gain legs in this box office is by word of mouth. GO SEE IT! you won't regret it!
Boy, was I surprised in what I got to see! Odd Life of Timothy Green is a rare gem out there for a clever storyline that can be funny, sad, and uplifting at the same time.Without giving too much away, Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who have tried to have a child with any success until one night, a son appears....from the garden?!? The storyline is both magical and grounded in reality where we follow Timothy Green learn about others and life. This includes bullying, love, competition, and yes, even death. The acting in this movie is superb, especially CJ Adams as the main <more>
character and Dianne Weist as the grumpy old lady everybody knows. Both of these actors were able to play their characters multi dimensional and I really got a laugh out of Weist's dour expression for most of the movie. The only gripe I had with the movie was I felt that it was a bit slow moving and could have been about a 30 minutes shorter, but it still was one of Disney's bests and one of the best movies I have seen this year.
One of the best movies of the year! (by donillini)
I was lucky to get to go to an advance showing of this movie tonight. Boy, was I surprised in what I got to see! Odd Life of Timothy Green is a rare gem out there for a clever storyline that can be funny, sad, and uplifting at the same time.Without giving too much away, Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who have tried to have a child unsucessfully until one night, a son appears....from the garden?!? The storyline is both magical and grounded in reality where we follow Timothy Green learn about others and life. This includes bullying, love, competition, and yes, even death. I <more>
found it to be a bit of a mix between two other old live action Disney movies: Polyanna and Mary Poppins.The acting in this movie is superb, especially CJ Adams as the main character and Dianne Weist as the grumpy old lady everybody knows. Both of these actors were able to play their characters multi dimensional and I really got a laugh out of Weist's dour expression for most of the movie. The movie rounds out nicely with M. Emmet Walsh, David Morse, and what? Common.The only gripe I had with the movie was I felt that it was a bit slow moving and could have been about a 30 minutes shorter, but it still was one of Disney's bests and one of the best movies I have seen this year.When it comes out next week, I highly recommend seeing it. A unique family story about adoption with a sprinkle of that Disney magic!
If you remember the good old days when the story was in the forefront and people dedicated months and years into character development then yes this film is for you. With the way Hollywood has become a sci-fi shoot em slash em industry films with heart and simplistic storytelling get lost in the fray but are very necessary. It starts out slow and on the nose but once timothy shows up the film shines. You find yourself engulfed into the couples life and not wanting the show to end. When you feel like you know the story and the characters then that means you watched a great film. As film makers <more>
and critics and people with the option to voice that instantly its very easy to forget that hey the reason you arnt rushing to see the film or tell people about it is because they did their job so well you felt like you knew them. It is easy to see a film and break down cuts, and fades and length of scenes but this film was one of those ones where you didn't care if it was formulaic at parts or if it was too heartfelt and sappy in others. It was such a joy that simple and deep character development still happens and its an artform I hope we never lose.
Perfect for children, enjoyable and entertaining for adults (by sueqverett)
Shortly after the beginning of the movie, we are taken to a scene in a doctor's office where Cindy Jennifer Garner and Jim Green Joel Edgerton are told that even though they have been trying, they might never be able to conceive a child. Fast forward and we see them seated in front of adoption agency officials telling them the story of their son, 10-year-old Timothy CJ Adams . They are explaining to a younger man and a middle-aged woman "it may be hard to believe....but"—flash back to the story.Cindy Green is devastated by the news from the doctor. At home she goes into <more>
her room and weeps. Jim knocks on the door and together they decide to confront their problem by drinking wine and imagining all the best qualities that their son would surely have. They write down all the things on little pieces of paper and put them in a wooden box. In a terrible rain storm with lots of thunder and lightning, they bury the box in the garden. The next morning Jim wakes up and instead of Cindy in the bed, he finds dirt. Puzzled, he calls the police because he thinks someone has been in the house while they slept. He refers to the storm the night before, but they tell him there was no storm. It seems it was only at their house. Shortly, they find a small boy covered with dirt in the house playing with some things packed in a box.. Though surprised, they get him scrubbed up and discover he has leaves growing from the bottom of his legs.Immediately her sister Brenda Best Rosemarie DeWitt shows up at the front door with her family. Jim and Cindy hurriedly put socks over his legs and calmly introduce Timothy to everyone. The development of the plot involves all the good qualities that they imagined their son would have—though he is different and even odd. He befriends a girl Odeya Rush who is self-conscious because she has a birthmark, he changes Jim's intimidating father David Morse , he shows his musical talent by beating a rhythm on a coconut shell, and he frequently throws out his arms with his face to the sun. And, always the leaves, both on his legs and on the trees are part of the story.Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner are flawless as Timothy's playful and protecting parents, but CJ Adams Timothy carries the story. The setting is the small town of Stanleyville, somewhere in the Midwest actually filmed in Albany, Georgia . The main industry is a pencil factory where most of the people work. The movie has a range of emotional issues such as father/son relationships, sibling rivalry Cindy and her sister Brenda Best—her name is appropriate , bullying, competition, love and sadness. Part of the movie is a fantasy who "finds" a child from the garden? and part is reality infertility, difficult people, work problems, etc. . It is perfect for children and enjoyable and entertaining for adults—maybe not Disney's best, but still worth seeing.
Very Touching Film, but Just a Tad Too Short (by pv71989-1)
First of all, let me give this disclaimer. I am one of the background actors in the movie African-American male at the picnic, soccer games, factory and town hall , so there might be a little bias.The movie is actually very good, but, alas, is a Disney film and Disney tends to keep their movies under two hours to match the attention span of the intended audiences.That said, this movie could have used another 15-20 minutes to help flesh out the main and supporting characters. Having spent almost 20 days on the set, I can say director Peter Hedges About A Boy, What's Eating Gilbert Grape <more>
probably did have such a film only to have to cut another chunk or two.Sadly, those chunks would have helped.The story begins with Jim Green Joel Edgerton and his wife Cindy Jennifer Garner talking to an adoption agency administrator Shohreh Aghdashloo . The Greens have left key portions of their paperwork empty -- the parts concerning prior experience and why they would make good parents. For that, Jim and Cindy decide to recount the odd life of Timothy Green.From there, we see, in flashback, Jim and Cindy being told by a doctor that Cindy cannot get pregnant. The couple go home to cry about it, but Jim doesn't want to give up. So, he puts all the wishes he's had for a children on paper and encourages Cindy to do the same. They bury the wishes in a box in a hole in the garden.A strange rain storm hits. When Jim and Cindy investigate, they find a mysterious boy covered in mud in the room they'd set aside for the kid that would never be born. His name is Timothy and he's soon calling Jim and Cindy Dad and Mom. And he has a big secret -- he's got leaves growing out of his ankles, leaves so strong and natural that local florist Reggie Lin-Manuel Sanders breaks his shears trying to snip them.Afterward, the story goes in a whirlwind. Timothy is introduced to the rest of the family -- Cindy's sister Brenda Rosemarie DeWitt , Uncle Bub M. Emmet Walsh , Uncle Mel Lois Smith and Jim's dad, Big Jim David Morse -- as well as friends Gregory Marshall Smith, Paul Kakos, Sonia Guzman, Chance Bartels, Paul Barlow Jr., among others. It's here we see the effects of the editing as the introductions of these characters is missing, leaving us a bit confused. We know Jim and Big Jim don't see eye to eye but we get no real sense of the tension. We learn Brenda is more successful than Cindy and has three kids but we can't get a feel for the sibling rivalry. Uncle Bub and Aunt Mel look like they were thrown in.And this is how much of the film plays out. When we meet Bernice Crudstaff Oscar winner Dianne Wiest , whose father started the town's pencil factory, we only catch glimpses and only learn her name later. Her husband, Joseph James Rebhorn , is virtually a ghost, getting perhaps two scenes. Their son Franklin Ron Livingston runs the pencil factory and is supposed to be a hard case but we only see a few wisps of his snobbery, including at the crucial town meeting where he gets called on the carpet.About the most interesting parts of the movie are Joni Jerome Odeya Rush , a local girl with her own little secret, and Coach Cal rapper Common , who treats Timothy as a mere water boy for the factory's soccer team. Joni gets a chance to reveal her secret and find a friend and vice versa for Timothy , while Coach learns it's more about gamesmanship than winning.Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner make a charming and believable couple, but C.J. Adams, who plays Timothy, steals the show. He ably and superbly plays all of the emotional weight put upon his shoulders as he has to emulate all of the wishes of his movie parents.Knowing what I know of the production, I honestly believe another 15-20 minutes of footage from the Scott Sanders/Ahmet Zappa production could have done wonders for plot and character development.Overall, though, it was a very good film that could have been better. For now, just revel in Timothy's wonder, Jim and Cindy's growth as parents and the fun of the soccer games. Yes, it's odd but so is the life of Timothy Green.
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a charming little movie that is better than most of the detritus that comes out of theaters in August. It's very sweet and contains no objectionable material. That said, it didn't stay with me after I saw it.The movie opens with a couple Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton cautioning an adoption agency that they do have previous experience, but the story they are about to tell is going to hard to believe. Indeed it is. Told after trying everything that they can't have a child, the Greens get drunk that night, make a list of all the <more>
traits they'd want in a child and bury the box in their backyard garden. Amazingly, a mud-caked boy with leaves growing from his calves appears after a rainstorm. This is Timothy of the title. However, he has a secret, which the Greens sense but do not figure out until late in the movie.It is beautifully shot in a Disneyworld movie town which, despite the drought, is filled with green countryside and changing, fall leaves. The boy is, of course, there to teach important lessons about accepting difference, and others of the type you typically get in a Disney movie. The characters could use more development, but it's a pleasant enough diversion for the end of summer.Note: The movie is not anti-adoption. Quite the contrary. To go into why would spoil the ending.
Yada-Yada-Yada ... but what about this? (by wwGINCHww)
This movie was a very pleasant surprise! The casting was right on. I was glad to see Timothy's "parents" were as unsure and bumbling as many parents would be when faced with child-raising challenges.As countless reviewers have already given a complete synopsis of this delightful movie, I will not reiterate same.The one feature that kept me guessing was this: When Joni shows her birthmark, it's decidedly deep red! For some strange reason, I had the feeling that HER big secret is that she too had sprung up out of the earth - perhaps in a rose garden! A mere birthmark <more>
didn't have much of an impact on me.In any case, this movie was clever, sentimental and compelling. What the world needs now are more movies of this ilk - a super dose of good old-fashioned wholesome entertainment!