12 August 2012 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A fairy tale about parenting that stays kid-friendly without completely glossing over the darker themes of its premise, Peter Hedges's The Odd Life of Timothy Green unsurprisingly concludes that anyone who really wants a child should have one, but finds time along the way to warn future parents just how bad at it they might be. As the title character, wise-beyond-his-years Cj Adams is a forgiving stand-in for the family pic's younger viewers, in tune with an overall optimistic vibe that should play respectably well at the box office. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play

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