Jennifer Garner as Cindy Green
Joel Edgerton as Jim Green
CJ Adams as Timothy Green
Out in theaters August 15

Having exhausted all possible solutions, a childless couple faces the fact that they cannot have a child of their own. So, as a means of finally giving themselves some closure to the idea, they list all the attributes that their possible child would have had. They write them out on slips of paper and put them in a box and they bury the box in their garden. During the night destiny takes an unexpected turn and this couple receives a very special, gift.

Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are the epitome of a young couple distraught over the fact they can’t have a child. They long to be parents, and when providence sees fit to gift them with a child, Timothy, they excitedly rise to the occasion.

CJ Adams plays the charming Timothy. Timothy has an unusual attribute that his “parents” didn’t count on—he has leaves growing on his legs, and must wear socks to hide them. Timothy’s outlook on life is straight-forward, clear and honest. Unflappable in the face of adults who obviously don’t see things from his view, Timothy views the world with welcome wonder and never hesitates to throw his arms, open wide, to soak up the warming rays of the sun. Timothy is sweet, loveable, and also slightly awkward, but he does not let that get in his way. This is part of his charm. Timothy’s presence also serves as a catalyst for his parents to recapture some of their artistic, idealistic, younger days. As a result, Timothy’s inspiration also brings hope to a town that is on the verge of losing its main source of commerce, the pencil factory where his father and half of the town works.  Timothy brings joy to the lives of Cindy and Jim who are determined to be the best parents they can be. But that joy may be short-lived; Timothy has a secret that he has not yet told them.

Written and produced by Ahmet Zappa (Son of Frank), yes, it’s a Disney movie, this is a family movie chock full of warm fuzzies and feelies. This story will tug at your heart strings. I admit these kinds of movies aren’t really my cup of tea, but I did enjoy this very much. I reluctantly admit that I may have teared-up at one point. A great movie to take the kids to, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green will definitely “grow” on you.


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