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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.

Director:

Peter Hedges

Writers:

Peter Hedges (screenplay), Ahmet Zappa (story)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Trivia

Last cinema film of James Rebhorn. See more »

Goofs

When Timothy kicks Joni in the face, a leaf can be seen floating away in the pool, which means he lost one. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim Green: [about his legs] Not everybody has these.
Timothy Green: Yep.
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Connections

Referenced in The Office: Moving On (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Like Woe
Written by J.R. Rotem (as Jonathan Rotem) and The Ready Set (as Jordan Witzigreuter)
Performed by The Ready Set
Courtesy of Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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I don't WANT a puppy!
26 August 2012 | by zoerobeSee all my reviews

"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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Odd Life of 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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