The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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For children it is a good lesson on tolerance and compassion. For parents and teachers it will hit straight to the heart. The young couple are pitch perfect in their performance and is probably Garner's best film aside from Juno. The young boy playing the title character will impress you with his depth, sweetness and will steal your heart.
What I love about this film is it's simple reminder of how we all put such a value on superficial ideals and status. I think what this films showcases is that despite failing never give up, even if you fail again. That you don't always have to be the best at something not to have great value. To let pure love lead our lives, minds, and hearts. That children don't have to be a star athlete or a next American Idol..to be considered a great gift that should be honored and not abused or taken on lightly.
I truly love this film greatly. I will be adding it to my collection and would highly recommend this for a gift or purchase. This film is recommended for 7 years old and up. Be embraced by the magic of Timothy Green. It's not odd, it's wonderful.
He immediately calls them Mom and Dad and, after realizing that he is a magical gift from the garden, they welcome him and the challenges of parenthood, learning along the way.
The plot is fantastic and a little plodding. After all, it's basically following a fairly normal ten year-old about his everyday activities. The real joy of this movie is the characters (and the talented actors who portray them). There are lots of meaningful messages in this film about what constitutes a family, what it means to be a parent, balancing protecting children and allowing them to grow, and honesty. I teared up several times and I certainly wasn't the only one in the audience pulling out the tissues.
There's nothing very surprising or shattering about this film, but sometimes it's good just to be reminded to take joy in the simple/important things in life.
Once upon a time in a small town, a young couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), frustrated by their inability to conceive, bury their hopes and dreams about a child in a box in their garden. A strange overnight storm presents them with Timothy, a young boy who is a miracle in more ways than one. Cindy and Jim will be challenged to provide instant parenting to Timothy, and to explain his sudden appearence in their lives to their respective families and neighbors.
The movie layers multiple sub-plots one on another, including a dying parent and a distant one, sibling rivalries, an uncaring boss, a townwide crisis over a closing factory, a kid's soccer team, and a young girl looking for a kindred soul. Timothy will play a role in each of these sub-plots, which are populated with an exceptionally solid supporting cast. The movie telegraphs its ending, but it still manages to be both moving and entertaining. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is very highly recommended as a family movie.
The film starts by dealing with the painful reality that many couples face when they are told they are not able to conceive children. In their grief, the couple writes on pieces of paper about what they had dreamed for their child. He'll be artistic, he'll score the winning goal in a game, he'll be kind, and he'll have all the qualities that they have themselves, etc. They bury these in a box in the garden and overnight a miracle happens. The child they had dreamed of appears in their garden. This leads to interesting and humourous consequences.
This movie has a number of lessons. Children can learn from how the story embraces the idea that it's okay to be different. Having something unique about you is good, and you don't need to be ashamed to show it. Also, moms and dads are human and are doing the best they can. Sometimes they make mistakes, but are figuring out a lot of things as they go. The deeper theme which is more likely to be appreciated by teens and adults is about how children are a gift that is not to be squandered. We see the various "pitfalls of parenting" and mistakes that parents make in real life. The parents are shown as well meaning but making mistakes as they try to figure out what to do. Parenting is shown as a learning process too!Read more ›
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Much more of an adult move than a family move. Also, it is not a good movie for foster children or adopted children, as ours are. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a sweet movie that the whole family can watch. I highly recommend it.Published 8 days ago by lisaend
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