Last week my husband, daughter, and I enjoyed a “date” at the movies. We attended a pre-screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I enjoy Jennifer Gardner movies and was interested in seeing how the story of Timothy Green and his parents played out on the screen. I had already heard good things about it and the previews looked, for lack of a better word, odd but interesting. I am all for a little magic and fun in my movies.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Synopsis:
An infertile plants their hopes for a child in the garden, and receive an unexpected gift when a young boy emerges from the soil claiming to be their son in this enchanting comedy drama from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Peter Hedges (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Dan in Real Life). Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) are struggling to accept the fact that they will never conceive a child of their own when, one night during a thunderous storm, a young boy named Timothy (CJ Adams) comes knocking at their door. In time, the prospective new parents and their curious neighbors discover that the most amazing things can happen just when you least expect it.
I already had some friends of mine mention that I would cry during this movie. I figured they were probably right because when it comes to movies I cry at the drop of a hat (kids will do that to you).
Timothy comes into the lives of Jim and Cindy at a time when sorrow rules. Having tried for some time to have their own child, the realization that it was not to be was a hard thing to get past. In fact they were not getting past it and refusing to accept it. One evening Jim and Cindy decide to move on with one last night of fun and imagination. They drink wine, laugh, and imagine the child they would have had. How he/she would be artistic, loving, funny, and maybe not athletically inclined but would give it his all.
They bury this box in their back yard. Then a strange thing happens that evening and Timothy shows up, right from the garden. When they are presented with this child they imagined, it is their job to parent him through the perils of life and for the first time enjoy the gift of a child. No one questions where Timothy came from and accepts him as a new part of the family.
Timothy’s time with his parents is short lived, but it turns out that this is the point of the movie. Timothy was brought into the lives of Jim and Cindy to show them the way to get past their sorrow and to live again, and find what really matters. To know that anything can happen, that life is precious and you need to live it.
I will be honest at first I thought the movie a little cheesy. With the pencil founding town, the magic, and no one questioning how Timothy just appeared. As a parent my heartstrings were tugged when you learn that this couple cannot have a child, and the aftermath of Timothy. However this is one of those kinds of movies you think more about afterwards. At least that is how it was for me. I found myself thinking of the movie often and smiling a few memories of certain parts. I found that I loved the strength of Jim and Cindy and what they learned and what they had become thanks to Timothy. It reminded me that though we want certain things out of life sometimes what we want is not in our cards and it is important to take hold of what you do have and enjoy it.
My husband enjoyed the movie, probably more so then I did at the time. In fact he said, “I really liked the movie”. For my daughter, who is six, and joined us, said, “It was ok.” After seeing the movie I think, though it is not inappropriate for young kids, is more suited for adults. The plot and message of the movie is more one geared towards an older audience. For this reason I recommend the movie for more young adults and adults. I think adults will get the message much more so then a younger audience.