The Odd Life of Timothy Green The Odd Life of Timothy Green

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

ages 8+ | 81 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) live in the town of Stanleyville, home of the Stanleyville Pencil Factory. Though happily married, Cindy and Jim long for a child; unfortunately, they are unable to conceive. They bury a box in their backyard, containing all their wishes for what they hope a child of theirs might be. When a boy named Timothy (CJ Adams) magically appears at their door, the Greens learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts.

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Genre: Comedy , Fantasy

Director: Peter Hedges

Producer: Scott Sanders, Ahmet Zappa, John Cameron, Jim Whitaker, Mara Jacobs

Cast: Dianne Wiest, James Rebhorn, Lois Smith, M. Walsh, Ron Livingston, Jennifer Garner, David Morse, Joel Edgerton, Common , Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Odeya Rush, CJ Adams

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Rated PG Mild Thematic Elements|Brief Language

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  • 3 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 1 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Female)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Cute movie! It was a fun mother daughter date movie with my 12 year old. She enjoyed the light hearted kid point of view of this flick. At the same time, I really enjoyed pondering the best question the film asks of parents: If you could make to order your child's personal qualities, could you live with that? It was a gentle reminder that our children are their own people, and that when we accept that they are not many versions of ourselves, we are privileged to be along for the story of their lives.

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  • (Female) Deseret News Critic

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a feel-good movie that shows the impact of one little boy on a family and community that is a tear-jerker towards the end.
    Jennifer Garner and Joe Edgerton play a set of parents who want a child but aren't able to have one. To help cope with this, they write down everything they want in a child and bury it in the garden. A rare storm passes through and they find a very muddy 10-year-old Timothy in their house calling them mom and dad.
    Their parenting antics are relatable and can be humorous as they try to protect and encourage their son while maintaining reasonable expectations. Relationships with extended family members also come up, too.
    There are other lessons about courage, persistence in solving seemingly impossible problems, handling bullies, accepting those with differences and believing in yourself throughout the film.
    However, infertility and adoption are a constant undercurrent throughout the film and so it may be worthwhile to make sure kids can separate fact from fiction about where babies do come from, adoption and the end of life. And that burying a box of things they want in a sibling and waiting for it to rain isn't a good way to hope for a new sibling.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    This is a wonderful, sweet family friendly movie. A couple longing to have a child is surprised one stormy night by a boy in their house. Timothy, the boy, teaches us about the small joys in life and how to embrace every moment.

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  • (Female)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    I absolutely loved this movie! It was uplifting and beautiful. It might appeal more to an older audience, just because of the theme -- but it is completely appropriate for children. It gave me lots to think about -- especially along the lines of the love parents have for their children and what that means.

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  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    I love this movie it make you thanking a bout how life is what you want in life some you can move on i WOULD say kids well like it so go sed it

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  • (Male)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    As peculiar as the actual plot is, this movie plays with the emotions of the audience and keeps you interested.

    It does leave a lot of questions unanswered but does a great job at making you want to be a better parent, friend, employee, boss, an person in general.

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  • (Female)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    Good. Not amazing but good.

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    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Although this movie is based on a fantastical premise, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a grounded parable about parenting and the power of love. Lush visuals and an organic plot make it a fresh treat for those willing to go along with its somewhat large leap of logic... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 3+ |

    Loved it. A very compelling movie and a great one also to watch with your whole family. I doubt many teenagers will like it, just because it is a very happy movie, smart and silly at the same time, and with very good actors. Once again Jennifer Garner does a great job, and the boy who plays Timothy is a very skilled actor. There is no way to not laugh, especially with the talent show scene. That was phenomenal!!

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    fun flick that will tug on you funny bone and your heart strings

  • (Male)

    ages 6+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Nice and family friendly. I would be fine with my kids seeing it. However, it was not as moving or inspirational as I hoped it would be. It was more bland than I expected. I agree with Claudia Puig's (USA TODAY) critique below.

  • (Male)

    ages 7+ | Worth Your Time

    A great feel good show for the family.

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Maybe those who believe in sticky-sweet miracles will have an easy time sitting through The Odd Life of Timothy Green. But for many it will be hard to overlook the unfortunate combination of mawkish sentimentality and gaping plot holes that characterizes this well-intentioned film.... Mostly, 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' feels contrived, if undeniably sweet... Read full review here

  • (Female)

    ages 6+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie simply made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Timothy Green is the perfect example of a beautiful and happy child who's positive attitude beams, touching everyone with a little ray of sunshine. I felt the added elements of real life in this movie like real life parenting, worrying, having the cocky sister with the "perfect" kids, bullying, work strife and etc made it less cliche and more heartwarming.
    You're rooting for this family the entire film!
    I love this movie and believe it is most definitely worth your time.

  • (Female)

    ages 9+ | Not Worth Your Time

    It was alright. Very slow moving and that made it hard for me to stay interested. I wouldn't see it again.

Okfor ages12+