Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green


by Rachel Hart

It’s no secret that people come into our lives to change us, for better or for worse. That’s exactly what happens in The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Parents try to do what’s right by their child, even if that means protecting what makes their child different. Couple Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) want a kid badly, but are unable to conceive. So, they decide to think up what their idea of a perfect child would be like.

From that comes Timothy Green (CJ Adams). He’s everything they’ve ever wanted. Funny, smart, loving, and the list goes on. The catch: he’s different, odd even. Everyone’s different in their own way, but this kid’s got leaves growing out of his legs!

Instead of making him embrace his differentness, they make him hide it. They just want him to be “normal” as if there is such a thing. Granted, their intentions are to keep him from being picked on, and we all know how cruel the world is–kids can be some of the meanest.

It’s his can-do attitude and positive outlook on life that get him through most of the situations, not something uncommon in other Disney movies. Cindy and Jim make plenty of mistakes, something all parents can attest to. What was surprising is how upfront they were about it. No one likes admitting they have faults, let alone that they’ve made mistakes.

It was hard to find a fault with this movie. The acting was good from all the cast, the plotline well-developed, and a big seller for me was the fact that you went away having learned something; something very uncommon in most Hollywood movies.

The ending was a tad bit predictable but what movies aren’t anymore? Even with the slightly unsurprising finish, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a heartwarming and humorous film for the whole family that shouldn’t be missed.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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