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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

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A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.


Peter Hedges


Peter Hedges (screenplay), Ahmet Zappa (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Cindy Green
Joel Edgerton ... Jim Green
CJ Adams ... Timothy Green
Odeya Rush ... Joni Jerome
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Evette Onat
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Brenda Best
David Morse ... James Green, Sr.
M. Emmet Walsh ... Uncle Bub
Lois Smith ... Aunt Mel
Lin-Manuel Miranda ... Reggie
Dianne Wiest ... Ms. Bernice Crudstaff
Ron Livingston ... Franklin Crudstaff
James Rebhorn ... Joseph Crudstaff
Common ... Coach Cal
Michael Arden ... Doug Wert


After receiving bad news from a fertility doctor, Cindy and Jim Green try to bury their dreams of having a child by writing out all the great traits their child would have and putting them in a box in the garden. During a freak storm in the middle of the night, they awake to find a boy named Timothy, with leaves growing from his ankles, standing in their kitchen calling them mom and dad. Cindy and Jim are thrown into the midst of parenthood and over the coming months, Timothy will teach them more than they could have imagined about being parents and raising a child, no matter how he comes into their lives. Written by napierslogs

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He's a force of nature.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La extraña vida de Timothy Green See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,822,903, 19 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the movie that Doug Walker felt was enough for him to bring back his character, The Nostalgia Critic. See more »


When Timothy opens his arms to the sky at the football match, the shadow of the microphone crosses his arm. See more »


Timothy Green: Dear Mom and Dad... about my leaves, I gave them all away... it's what you do with gifts. I gave one to Aunt Brenda so now she can rock. I wanted Uncle Bub to have one... and Miss Crudstaff. Coach Cal got one... he said it was my best kick ever. I gave one to Reggie because he really like one. I left one for Grandpa Jim where I know he'll find it and Joni... she got two... and for you guys... here's what I know. If you came to me and said, "There are two people in the world who want you more ...
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green will grow on you
14 August 2012 | by rgblakeySee all my reviews

Disney has a rich history with animated films, but they also manage to deliver touching original live action films. Their latest The Odd Life of Timothy Green takes on an interesting subject with a bit of fantasy blended with a family drama. With a decent cast including Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Ron Livingston, and Dianne Wiest will they be able to deliver an entertaining movie that will speak to the audience or end up needing to be planted back in the garden? The Odd Life of Timothy Green follows a married couple who are dying to start a family, but when things just aren't working out they began to dream about what their child would be like. After a stormy night a young boy named Timothy shows up and changes the couple and their small town in unexpected ways. This is one of those movies that as a whole work really well telling the story in an effective entertaining way. Everyone gave decent performances but nothing really stood out other than Timothy himself CJ Adams who brings a needed innocence to the character that really comes off very well. If his performance didn't work then this movie would not have worked at all. Thanks to his ability to bring this character to life while delivering all the various emotions to bring the rest of the story in cast together. The story is original, cute, and enduring but still was missing a little something. It starts out a bit slow and drawn out taking a little more time than needed to get to the point, but still works for the most part. For the rest of the movie you are fairly entertained and intrigued on where they are taking the story, but then becomes a bit predictable. While this never really hurts the film, the lack of real resolve to the primary part of the story you sit through really loses you at the end. With that being said the majority of this film works really well.

This is a rare film that not only tells a heartwarming story filled with a wide range of emotions and sensitivities. This is a funny film wrapped in an emotional drama, with a touch of fantasy that delivers an original film in an age filled with remakes and sequels. If you're looking for something new for the family give Timothy Green a try.


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