The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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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. From Academy Award(R)-nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (ABOUT A BOY, Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002; DAN IN REAL LIFE; WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE) -- and complete with engaging bonus features -- it's a heartwarming celebration of family as only Disney can deliver.
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I think it would be a good movie for young people to learn that not every one is free of difficulties, and everyone needs someone else for one reason or another.
The movie starts with a couple that can't have a baby hearing the news from the doctors that having kids is just not going to happen. On that sad new the couple decide to write down the qualities their kid would have if they had one and the movie magic begins. The movie is told after the fact as a story to child adoption case workers and the couple trying to explain their qualifications for adoption.
This is sort of Kyle XY & Phenomenon meets Richie Cunningham, and Happy Days is what sticks, in fact, I might say watching this is like 3-4 episodes of Happy Days the TV show back-to-back.
The movie does not even attempt to tie up loose ends, tackle obvious questions, like how does an 8 year old show up and no one questions where he came from, they just sort of glaze over that part.
So in the end this is a feel good movie that will be on the Hallmark Channel in a short while, for most I would say wait for the TV movie to come out, however, if you are looking for a break from the kill everything in sight movies, just want to relax with the family and see an enjoyable albiet sappy flick, this is a good choice.
This movie is insightful and demonstrative in terms of how families and communities can respond to adoption and to foster care. You will get a pretty accurate demonstration of that aspect. As far as the growing-out-of-the-ground piece . . ., just a little weird. And then for the parents to tell the agency their story . . . they shouldn't have ever told anyone. And if a couple did tell a story like that to an adoption agency, the agency would be more likely to refer them for a psych eval than to send them a child.
Many said it was too sappy, I say..it wasn't sappy enough. Everytime you wanted to care it was almost as if they pulled back, sort of like why didn't Lassie ever kiss Timmy? Why was that; dog too good, boy too bad or the trainer didn't allow? Watch the original with Roddy McDowell, rip your guts out but that damn dog didn't kiss, (lick) Roddy once, wasn't he deserving of that love?
That's what I felt watching this you wanted to love 'Timothy', you wanted him to be their dream child and for them to have him forever but at every turn it was like don't care too much, don't become attached to him and what was up with that soccer game? If it wasn't for that girl caring for him I'd have thought the beauty of Timothy's surprise appearance had been totally wasted on those to who he appeared.
I knew when the leaves started falling we were going to lose him, and the tale of how his leaves were given and to whom was one of the sweetest parts of the movie; you saw Timothy's heart there.
You'll have to watch this yourself and maybe you won't feel deprived of what could have been but I'll tell you this; that little wonder who played Timothy, I hope the next director who works with him lets him fly and fly right.
Don't get me wrong, it was worth watching and I absolutely love Jen Garner (However I'd rather watch a couple episodes of Alias than this movie) . All in all , it was a pretty decent movie but I won't give 5 stars to something that is just pretty good. My ratings for movies go as follows:
1-2 stars - don't waste your time
3 stars -rent don't buy.
4 stars- would watch again.
5 stars - would watch it again several times.
bottom line = worth renting but not buying.
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