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Disney brings enchantment home with The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story for the whole family starring Jennifer Garner. Cindy (Garner) and Jim Green are a happily married couple who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy 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.
Cindy and Jim Green are a happily married couple but there is something missing in their lives, a child. After numerous attempts at trying to conceive they decide to write down what they would like their child to be like, they place the note inside a wooden box and buried it outside in the garden. That night to their surprise there's a little boy in their home. The little boy tells them his name is Timothy but he's not your normal little boy. Timothy grows leaves on his legs. Thus begins the magical journey as Timothy touches everyone he comes in contact with including Jim's harden father who was never around when Jim was little.
The film is not so much about Timothy as it is about those he touches including Cindy and Jim, he prepares them for being parents. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is a film that is filled with plenty of humor and some sad moments as well. The film even manages to mustard up a bit of suspense towards the end of the film, Timothy has a secret and even though it's hinted at numerous times you never find out what it is till the very end. The film isn't a game charger but it is very entertaining and it includes a few messages about love, family and friendship. It does have it's flaws but over-all this is a cute, tender fantasy that was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.
One of the reasons the film is so good is it's cast, Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are terrific as Cindy and Jim Green and CJ Adams is amazing as young Timothy. I see a very bright future for this talented young actor. The supporting cast which includes, David Morse and Dianne Wiest are all fantastic as well.
Like I already stated the film isn't perfect but Disney always has a way of making family entertainment that not only entertains but touches the audience as well and this film is no exception. The film has a PG rating so it's not really for young children but those who are old enough to follow a story and adults are sure to enjoy it's moving story.
Available on DVD and Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, both come with Special Features that include:
DVD Special Features:
Deleted Scenes: Remembering Bubbles, Neighbor, Discovery, You’re a Fichus, A Mess
“This Gift” Music Video by Glen Hansard
Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:
Director Audio Commentary
Family Roots: Bringing The Odd Life of Timothy Green to the Screen: A look at the telling of this unique family story and the team that made it happen.
Glen Hansard: Behind ‘This Gift’: A look at the Oscar winner and the creation of the poignant end-credits song
Released by Disney
*** 1/2 Out Of *****