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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

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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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Peter Hedges

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Peter Hedges (screenplay), Ahmet Zappa (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Cindy Green
Joel Edgerton ... Jim Green
CJ Adams ... Timothy Green
Odeya Rush ... Joni Jerome
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Evette Onat
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Brenda Best
David Morse ... James Green, Sr.
M. Emmet Walsh ... Uncle Bub
Lois Smith ... Aunt Mel
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Reggie
Dianne Wiest ... Ms. Bernice Crudstaff
Ron Livingston ... Franklin Crudstaff
James Rebhorn ... Joseph Crudstaff
Common ... Coach Cal
Michael Arden ... Doug Wert
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La extraña vida de Timothy Green See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,822,903, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$51,854,875

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,012,642
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of James Rebhorn. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Timothy Green: Dear Mom and Dad... about my leaves, I gave them all away... it's what you do with gifts. I gave one to Aunt Brenda so now she can rock. I wanted Uncle Bub to have one... and Miss Crudstaff. Coach Cal got one... he said it was my best kick ever. I gave one to Reggie because he really like one. I left one for Grandpa Jim where I know he'll find it and Joni... she got two... and for you guys... here's what I know. If you came to me and said, "There are two people in the world who want you more ...
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Sparkle (2012) See more »

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Low Rider
Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold Ray I. Brown, Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dewayne Dickerson), Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan (as Le Roy L. Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott
Performed by War (as WAR)
Courtesy of Avenue Records
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One of the best movies of the year!
7 August 2012 | by donilliniSee all my reviews

I was lucky to get to go to an advance showing of this movie tonight. Boy, was I surprised in what I got to see! Odd Life of Timothy Green is a rare gem out there for a clever storyline that can be funny, sad, and uplifting at the same time.

Without giving too much away, Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who have tried to have a child unsucessfully until one night, a son appears....from the garden?!? The storyline is both magical and grounded in reality where we follow Timothy Green learn about others and life. This includes bullying, love, competition, and yes, even death. I found it to be a bit of a mix between two other old live action Disney movies: Polyanna and Mary Poppins.

The acting in this movie is superb, especially CJ Adams as the main character and Dianne Weist as the grumpy old lady everybody knows. Both of these actors were able to play their characters multi dimensional and I really got a laugh out of Weist's dour expression for most of the movie. The movie rounds out nicely with M. Emmet Walsh, David Morse, and (what?) Common.

The only gripe I had with the movie was I felt that it was a bit slow moving and could have been about a 30 minutes shorter, but it still was one of Disney's bests and one of the best movies I have seen this year.

When it comes out next week, I highly recommend seeing it. A unique family story about adoption with a sprinkle of that Disney magic!


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