The Odd Life of Timothy Green

  • U
  • Peter Hedges (2012)
  • US
  • 100 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This fantasy tale aims for the sort of live-action whimsy that Disney Studios used to specialise in, but it completely misfires. There's too much schmaltz and sentimentality in the story of a childless couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) who find a mud-covered boy in their garden the night after burying a wish-list that describes their dream offspring. His miraculous arrival shows up everyone's shortcomings, brings them courage and inspires them to invent a new type of pencil to save their small-town economy. Writer/director Peter Hedges (who penned About a Boy and What's Eating Gilbert Grape) strains to be cute and charming at every turn, and drains the film of any real wonder and magic. A terrific cast that includes Dianne Wiest and David Morse makes the most of underwritten roles but this is an uphill struggle. Not so much moving as stomach churning.

Plot Summary

Fantasy comedy drama starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. A childless couple are gifted with a boy who seemingly grows out of the earth in their back garden. Timothy may not be entirely human, but his presence teaches them valuable lessons about life and love.

Cast and crew


Cindy Green
Jennifer Garner
Jim Green
Joel Edgerton
Timothy Green
C J Adams
Joni Jerome
Odeya Rush
Evette Onat
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Brenda Best
Rosemarie DeWitt
James Green Sr
David Morse
Uncle Bub
M Emmet Walsh
Aunt Mel
Lois Smith
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ms Bernice Crudstaff
Dianne Wiest
Franklin Crudstaff
Ron Livingston
Joseph Crudstaff
James Rebhorn
Coach Cal


Peter Hedges

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Walt Disney
Available on DVD
Released 5 Apr 2013
Certificate U
Buena Vista