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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.


Peter Hedges


Peter Hedges (screenplay), Ahmet Zappa (story)
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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


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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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 »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,822,903, 19 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Cindy was offered to Sandra Bullock, who turned it down. See more »


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


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


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Great Film with Laughs and Tears
27 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a married couple who learn they can't have children. After a good cry the two decide to make notes of the type of kid they'd like to have and that night they bury it in the garden and sure enough they wish comes true. It's really a shame that so many people have decided not to give this film any attention but I guess I can understand why. People see Disney and I guess they expect children movies and while there's nothing in this film that would be too harmful for kids, I think the target audience is going to be grown ups. THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN is a cute, charming, funny and at times incredibly sad film that has a lot of imagination working for it. If you need to have everything explained to you or if you must know how logically a kid can grow from a garden then it's probably best just to skip the film. The story itself is clearly meant to inspire people and touch them and I think it does a remarkable job at that. I thought the film was a lot of fun for a number of reasons including seeing two people get their wish of having a child and then having to deal with everything that comes with it. Since Timothy is a special child this adds more problems but I really loved how everyone in this small town and family connected to the kid. Be it the parents, the sports coach, the other kids or the family members. Both Garner and Edgerton do terrific jobs in the roles of the parents and CJ Adams is extremely good as the young boy. The supporting cast includes nice performances from M Emmet Walsh, Lois Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dianne Wiest and it was great seeing David Morse playing the grandfather. The film certainly has a lot of messages but I found it as a parent just to be incredibly sweet, good natured and yes it was incredibly sad at parts. This is certainly a film that uses its imagination to make you smile and cry but there's certainly nothing wrong with that.

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