The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Peter Hedges (2012)

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Our Score
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.


A couple bury a box containing their wishes for the perfect child they are unable to have. Soon afterwards, a mysterious boy with leaves growing from his feet shows up on their doorstep, claiming to be their son. The strange youngster soon transforms the lives of not only his parents, but their whole community. Fantasy, starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton.

Cast & 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
Reggie Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ms Bernice Crudstaff Dianne Wiest
Franklin Crudstaff Ron Livingston
Joseph Crudstaff James Rebhorn
Coach Cal Common
Director Peter Hedges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 5 Apr 2013
Drama Children's