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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

Writers:

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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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:

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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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

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 »

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This Gift
Written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (as Marketa Irglova)
Produced by Thomas Bartlett
Performed by Glen Hansard featuring Markéta Irglová (as Marketa Irglova) and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (as Marketa Irglova) appears courtesy of Anti- Records
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This review makes me feel like an old curmudgeon
14 August 2012 | by somfSee all my reviews

I like Peter Hedges' other films. I wish I could have liked this more. Its' heart and message are so in the right place, but it plays like a schmaltzy movie of the week. Jennifer Garner, whom I have really enjoyed in other roles, overplays this one and is very disappointing. The kid who plays Timothy is good enough. His young female friend Odeya Rush is the best in the cast. Joel Edgerton is perfect for Lifetime movie of the week. They are all really likable. So I just wished I liked the film more. And the message is terrific. I cry in schmaltzy films but I think it says much about this film in that the only time it brought any tears was in the final scene which was grounded in reality. When the fantasy was going I just wasn't sucked in.

7 may be a generous rating, but this is a solid family film with a strong positive message. There is a big audience out there for this film. I don't really want to discourage them from seeing it.


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