This past year I have seen a handful of movies in the the theater and most of them have been kid related. It’s pretty hard for a family of four with one under the age of 2, to ever get to a screening so as parents we generally end up taking Charlotte on her own. And even though I tried and tried, we never did make it to the new 2012 Disney Movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green when it was out. So recently when I had a chance to sit down with my family and watch it, I was excited to see a movie I hadn’t seen yet and was interested in. Truth be told, I knew nothing about this movie other than the previews.
Here is a preview in case you haven’t had a chance to see it:
What is The Odd Life of Timothy Green About?
Director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim — and their small town of Stanleyville — learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. — (C) Disney
I got two things out of this kid movie. The first thing I said to my husband when it was over was “I am not sure the lesson?” Generally I find that Disney movies have a very clear cut lesson to them and I didn’t find it right away. That was probably just me looking for the ultimate ending when in fact this movie was nothing more than a feel good flick meant for a family to sit, enjoy the story, and smile. The second was that the “life is what you make of it” message was loud and clear and Timothy could not have been more likeable- as an actor and as a movie.
In fact, I found the acting pretty good and the movie done in a way that left my whole family happy at the end. And I’ll admit, I did shed a few tears when Timothy left and the sadness this family had to endure after so much heartache, which meant to me that the movie had enough stick to make it worth the watch.
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As the movie progressed you started to realize he was losing his leaves accomplishing each task his parents had wished him to be. I think at that point I saw where this was heading and I had to shake off and enjoy what was clearly a sugar coated Disney Treat.
My favorite scene were the ones where Timothy Green (actor CJ Adams) and Uncle Bub (M Emmet Walsh) had dialogue. They felt natural and very much like a family- no matter how Timothy arrived.
A few fun family crafts and extras to take this movie to another level in your home.
Where to buy Timothy Green:
The Odd Life of Timothy Green was available starting December 4th and you can buy it on Amazon or one of your local retailers. It is a perfect addition to a family collection that contains heartwarming safe flicks that everyone can enjoy without worrying in regards to context. What your family can take away from this movie is simply tolerance and finding that the simple things in life are worth noting.
*screener provided to facilitate this review.