113 user 159 critic

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

2:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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.



(screenplay), (story)
4,656 ( 692)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's a force of nature.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

15 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La extraña vida de Timothy Green  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,822,903, 19 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Feature film debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda. See more »


Almost at the end, when Cindy and Jim unearth the box and open it, It's is raining, so the letter is supposed to get wet. But later when the letter is shown to adoption officer It is clean, just like new. See more »


Uncle Bub: Did you know that I invented the peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
Timothy Green: Did you know that I'm a big fan of your work?
See more »


Crazy Love
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great, great movie!
23 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

What a wonderful movie! Because you can read the summary, I will just tell you our reaction to it. We were lucky enough to receive tickets to a pre-release screening of this moving. We took the whole family, 5 boys ages 5-16, and my husband and myself. Everyone loved it. Even the 5 year old, and that is no small thing. This movie will make you laugh and cry and then laugh again. And the laughing moments range from chuckles to totally surprise you as they burst out of your chest howls out loud.

Though we have our boys, we are waiting to adopt a girl, so the theme of parents who want a child that they can't seem to have, and the theme of taking in a child that you didn't give birth to and/or adoption really hit home for us. I sat at the end of the movie and cried, and they were tears of laughter and sadness and hope all mixed up together. Even if you're not interested in adoption, this is really a touching show.

I wish Disney made more movies like this. Totally clean, nothing even remotely possibly offensive, and yet it wasn't just a kid show. It was interesting, engaging, witty. As noted above - good for everyone from ages 5 to 40!

126 of 204 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 113 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

Zach Braff tackles acting and directing on his new show "Alex, Inc.," and we take a look at the 15 most bingeable TV shows of all time.

Watch the show