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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  15 August 2012 (USA)
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Reviews: 108 user | 168 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.



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After receiving bad news from a fertility doctor, Cindy and Jim Green try to bury their dreams of having a child by writing out all the great traits their child would have and putting them in a box in the garden. During a freak storm in the middle of the night, they awake to find a boy named Timothy, with leaves growing from his ankles, standing in their kitchen calling them mom and dad. Cindy and Jim are thrown into the midst of parenthood and over the coming months, Timothy will teach them more than they could have imagined about being parents and raising a child, no matter how he comes into their lives. Written by napierslogs

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He's a force of nature.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La extraña vida de Timothy Green  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,822,903 (USA) (17 August 2012)


$51,853,450 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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Did You Know?


Though Stanleyville is described as a town in the Midwest, the movie was filmed in parts of Georgia, including Monroe and Rex, which is reflected in several of the streets named for Confederate generals. See more »


When Timothy opens his arms to the sky at the football match, the shadow of the microphone crosses his arm. See more »


Jim Green: Have a great day!
Cindy Green: That's too much pressure...
Jim Green: Have the day you have!
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This review makes me feel like an old curmudgeon
14 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Peter Hedges' other films. I wish I could have liked this more. Its' heart and message are so in the right place, but it plays like a schmaltzy movie of the week. Jennifer Garner, whom I have really enjoyed in other roles, overplays this one and is very disappointing. The kid who plays Timothy is good enough. His young female friend Odeya Rush is the best in the cast. Joel Edgerton is perfect for Lifetime movie of the week. They are all really likable. So I just wished I liked the film more. And the message is terrific. I cry in schmaltzy films but I think it says much about this film in that the only time it brought any tears was in the final scene which was grounded in reality. When the fantasy was going I just wasn't sucked in.

7 may be a generous rating, but this is a solid family film with a strong positive message. There is a big audience out there for this film. I don't really want to discourage them from seeing it.

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