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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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,853,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,685,425
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Married couple Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingstone co-star together in this movie 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

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?
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Connections

Referenced in The Canyons (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

All of Me
Written by Jason Muniz
Performed by Damato
Courtesy of Movie Song Vault, Inc.
By arrangement with Format Entertainment
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A lame duck in the dark
13 December 2012 | by Markus DorstSee all my reviews

I am all for sweet, romantic, family themed fantasy movies. I am a Disney fan. And to me, this movie is a waste of time. It is not heavy enough on the fantasy aspect, one could have done much more to explain how all this came about.

The movie is filmed with a lighting that often makes it impossible to see what is going on. Why do people think that mysterious scenes are to be filmed on sets that are darker than my Granny's coal cellar?

Jenny Garner is one of my favorite actresses since ALIAS and I even forgave her the Electra disaster. In this movie though, she is overacting like a theater novice and the whiny little child is annoying.

Just one big disappointment.


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