My sister and I attended the screening of the Odd Life of Timothy Green about a week ago – and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to do so! This movie was one of the best heartwarming, family-friendly films I have seen in a long time. Perhaps it touched me more because of where I am presently in life (yes, Luv Luv and I are officially TTC), but regardless of what stage of life you’re in, this is a great movie to go see if you want to leave t he theatre with that goofy, gooey feeling you get after seeing such a show.
Yes, you’re seeing right – those are leaves growing out of his leg! I love the idea of this show. Basically, Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are a couple who have been TTC (btw that means Trying To Concieve for those of you who do not know) for a few years and have been unable to regardless of all the natural and (expensive) medical methods they have tried. At the beginning of the show they are told that they are unable to concieve, and are crushed, but in a drunken effort to cheer themselves up, they write every possible trait they would want their child to have on paper and bury these papers in their garden as a way of closure – saying goodbye to the possibility of having their own child.
That night, a mysterious rainstorm occurs and lo and behold, Timothy appears in their nursery – already around 8 or 9 years old. They clean him up only to notice that he has leaves growing out of his ankles. In an attempt to make Timothy feel “normal”, they insist he covers them up with socks in an attempt to make his life (and theirs) more “normal”.
The movie goes on to show the challenges and celebrations of their lives as parents with Timothy and Timothy’s life in this real world. Every single one of the traits on the papers that were buried come true …um…sorta….and they thoroughly enjoy their life together before Timothy, sadly, has to go. After all, miracles only occur to teach a lesson, and Disney films always have a moral right? Don’t worry, the movie does have a happy ending, so don’t leave when Timothy leaves.
What I loved about the move was that the cast was chosen so spectacularly! Jennifer Garner (Cindy Green) and Joel Edgerton (Jim Green) make a beautiful couple and CJ Adams (Timothy Green) resembles them so closely that you would think he really is their child! I love CJ Adams large, innocent eyes and cute little face – he’s a perfect child actor and I believe that if he keeps it up will soon be the teenage heartthrob that we see in all the tabloids. Odeya Rush (Joni Jerome – Timothy’s best friend) is a beautiful little girl who has the beauty and talent of Mila Kunis (not associated with this film) at a younger age. Keep an eye out for these two young actors – they may be the next Brad Pitt and Angelina …um…hopefully without all the questions and not necessarily as a couple.
So should you go see it? Definitely – you’ll love it and perhaps relate to a lot of it, your kids will enjoy it and you will all be reminded what is important in life. The film opens to the public today, so have an early dinner and go watch it instead of your regularly scheduled TV programming. I promise it will be a great outing for your family, your kids will LOVE the mid-week night out and you will feel good for at least a day after seeing the film…
Enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think of The Odd Life of Timothy Green when you see it!