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
Love Like Woe
Written by J.R. Rotem (as Jonathan Rotem) and The Ready Set (as Jordan Witzigreuter)
Performed by The Ready Set
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I don't WANT a puppy!
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a charming little movie that is better than most of the detritus that comes out of theaters in August. It's very sweet and contains no objectionable material. That said, it didn't stay with me after I saw it.
The movie opens with a couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) cautioning an adoption agency that they do have previous experience, but the story they are about to tell is going to hard to believe. Indeed it is. Told after trying everything that they can't have a child, the Greens get drunk that night, make a list of all the traits they'd want in a child and bury the box in their backyard garden. Amazingly, a mud-caked boy with leaves growing from his calves appears after a rainstorm. This is Timothy of the title. However, he has a secret, which the Greens sense but do not figure out until late in the movie.
It is beautifully shot in a Disneyworld movie town which, despite the drought, is filled with green countryside and changing, fall leaves. The boy is, of course, there to teach important lessons about accepting difference, and others of the type you typically get in a Disney movie. The characters could use more development, but it's a pleasant enough diversion for the end of summer.
Note: The movie is not anti-adoption. Quite the contrary. (To go into why would spoil the ending.)
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