Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) 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.
I loved The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The movie was a nice mixture of humor, sadness, and joy, and I thought it did a great job in using an inexplicable event to teach lessons of hope and love.
When Timothy pops up into Cindy and Jim's life, he is everything they dreamed him to be, but there's one big, noticeable difference - he has leaves growing from his legs.
Cindy and Jim do everything they can to ensure that no one sees his legs, since people can be cruel to those who are different, so they make him wear socks at all times.
Not only do Cindy and Jim try to protect their new son from anyone who could possibly hurt him, they also try their best to give him the perfect childhood.
But his childhood is far from perfect.
Throughout the movie we watch Timothy experience the ups and downs of life.
Unfortunately, his odd life also turns out to be a short life, but even after he's gone, he leaves behind gifts - both tangible (his leaves that have fallen off of his legs) and intangible (lessons of love, hope, and never giving up on a dream).
I thought Garner was endearing as Timothy's mother, and I also thought Adams did a fantastic job as Timothy, a boy who looked at life innocently and honestly.
Personally, this movie really touched me because it reminded me of Musician in so many ways. His Autism Spectrum Disorder makes him different from his friends and most other kids in his class, but my husband and I try our hardest to have him live as normal of a life as possible by letting him experience as much as he can through sports, travel, school, and everyday life.
And almost every day, he surprises us with a new thought or perspective on things, and for him to be able to share that with us is a gift in itself.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green truly is one of my favorite films of the year.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green opens nationwide today, August 15.
Thank you to the sponsor for providing complimentary screening tickets.
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.