One of the greatest joys in life is having a child, but what if something prevented you from conceiving. Sure, there’s always adoption and other means but it doesn’t make the news any less devastating. Having a child was everything Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) and when they found out that they couldn’t, their dreams came crashing down. One night, while drinking away their sorrows, the two decide to write down all the attributes of their perfect child and bury them in a box outside in the garden. Turns out that’s exactly what the doctor ordered because by the next morning there is a young boy in their house calling them mom and dad.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green seamlessly blends fantasy with reality. Ignoring the fact that Timothy (CJ Adams) sprouted from the ground with green leaves on his legs, he’s just another young boy who is eager to learn and love. He has all the attributes Jim and Cindy thought up, too. He’s truthful to a fault, smart, kind, and he rocks, although it’s not with a guitar. He’s actually almost too perfect. There’s this innocence surrounding him that Adams nails wonderfully because even when Timothy does screw up it’s okay. He has his own weird tendencies and unlike most 10 year olds, he’s comfortable in his own skin.
At its heart, family is the essence of Timothy Green. Edgerton and Garner make an excellent couple and their onscreen chemistry paints a family that is well on their way to the typical American Dream. All they need is a cute puppy and they’d be set. The film captures that feel-good atmosphere, taking place in the fall of a small town whose biggest draw is the pencil factory that most people work at. It’s all these little details that bring the film to life.
If you’re looking for something to see with the kids or just want a break from all the action and explosions of life, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the perfect family-friendly film. There’s little drama to be had so it can be a bit dull at times but it’ll have you leaving with a smile on your face. Just don’t go digging through any gardens expecting little kids to pop up.Follow me on Twitter @Majiesto