I took Imagineer and Broadway along with a friend for each of them, and Bam-Bam to the new movie, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” today.
If you are a parent, and you feel like a good cry, this is a great movie to go see.
I was not expecting this to be such an emotional movie, but there are so many scenes that just make your heart ache in a parental sort of way. Long story short, you need to wear waterproof mascara. 🙂
The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as Jim and Cindy Green, the “parents” of Timothy Green. CJ Adams plays Timothy Green and Odeya Rush plays Joni Jerome. Ron Livingston plays the Head of the pencil factory in town and Dianne Wiest plays the Director of the pencil museum.
A side note: I cannot look at Ron Livingston without thinking of the 1999 movie “Office Space”, which always has me in stitches when I watch it. Its so strange seeing him in a serious role. 🙂 Does anyone else have this problem? I really like him and think he’s a great actor. I think I just prefer him in a silly comedy.
Quick Summary of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
Jim and Cindy Green are a sweet couple from a small town that specializes in making pencils. The pencil factory in this town dates back many decades and the town’s job market seems to revolve around the factory.
Jim and Cindy have desperately been trying to have a baby for many years, and are told in the beginning of the movie that it is just not going to be possible.
Of course, major heartbreak ensues as you watch Jim and Cindy deal with this news.
We learn in the beginning of the movie that Jim and Cindy have been making notes about what they would like their eventual child to be like. Musical, love and be loved, kick a winning goal at a soccer game, etc…, etc… On the night that they find out they will not be able to have a baby, they, tearfully, put all of their notes into a box, and bury it in their garden in the backyard.
A Rainstorm Hits
Well, lo and behold, there is a huge rainstorm that night that only occurs over their home.
In the morning, they find an 10 year old boy in the kid’s room that they had prepared for their eventual baby. He has dirt all over him, is naked, and has leaves growing on his legs.
He clearly came from the garden where Jim and Cindy buried their special box, because there is a huge hole in the garden where the box was buried.
Timothy is as sweet as can be and we find out that he possesses all of the traits Jim and Cindy had listed in their notes.
Jim and Cindy take on the role of parents, and the adventures begin.
Timothy befriends a girl named Joni Jerome, played by Odeya Rush. I think Rush does an amazing job as Joni and the interactions between these two is really sweet.
I will not reveal anymore to avoid giving too much away. This is a very cute, very emotional movie that can truly be enjoyed by all ages.
At several points during the movie, I looked down at Bam-Bam, who is 4, thinking this would be way over his head, but he was riveted the whole time. Broadway and Imagineer (10 and 8 respectively) thoroughly enjoyed it too.
Disney does it again with likable characters and a very touching story.
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