Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Our new tradition of Family Movie Night is catching on fast in our home and I get asked daily “Can we watch a Family Movie?” so now most Friday nights you’ll find us all cuddled up on the couch ready to watch a fun family flick. Last Friday we found a goodie that every member of the family enjoyed (not as easy as you think!)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green starring one of my fave celebrity moms, Jennifer Garner. This enchanting story is about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer and Joel Edgerton), who want to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) suddenly comes into their lives they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

“This is an inspirational story that brings a family together. It is really about love more than anything else. Kids teach us about being honest and being free.”

"THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN".Photo ID: left, Joel Edgerton; right, Jennifer Garner...Ph: Phil Bray...©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN"..Photo ID:  Jennifer Garner, left; Cameron "CJ" Adams, right...Photo Credit: Phil Bray...©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN". Photo ID, left to right:  Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner.Ph: Phil Bray...©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The film explores the themes of family, home, good sportsmanship, love, adoption, a solid marriage, strong work ethics, infertility, nature, loss, death, individuality and a little bit of the unexplainable – all important life lessons and plenty of conversation fodder – we had LOTS of questions throughout the movie which is one thing I love about watching movies together. Kids are so keen to learn and discover but don’t get the chance to have their questions answered when we’re always trying to do something else while they watch!!

The overarching theme, however, is that no matter what type of traditional or non-traditional family you come from, love is really what matters in a family, and as long as that’s there, a family can be created from anything.

“Like so many of our own families, the Greens are an unusual family that emerges and then sort of stumbles along, and then grows into this wonderful family unit as the story progresses,” says producer Jim Whitaker. “You can’t help but fall in love with them because of the way they are as parents and the way they are as a family.”

As Director Peter Hedges says, “This movie has a timeless feel. I believe that in life there can be magical moments. I believe that when your intentions are clear, and your execution is good, and your heart is in the right place, magic is possible. We were trying to achieve something magical with ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ and hopefully we succeeded.”

“Timothy Green is the wisest person in this story. We learn about ourselves through Timothy.”

I always find myself rooting for Jennifer Garner in every role she plays and her part as Cindy Green is no different. She has so much kindness, humanity and depth in this role. And you can see how much of her personal life she brings to the screen. From her first reading of the script, Garner knew this was a film she wanted to be involved with. She was taken not only by the old-fashioned storytelling, but also by the characters of Cindy and Jim Green who wish themselves a boy at a time when they thought all bets were off on having a child. “This is the most relatable film I have ever worked on,” says Garner, “because I am a parent, but also because I am a sister, a daughter and a child.”

."THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN".Photo ID: Jennifer Garner.Ph: Phil Bray....©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“I loved this script. I thought it was so beautiful; it made me really just emotional. I loved that it was about family. I loved that it explores the idea of familial love from so many different angles.”

“Cindy is somebody that you would have as a next-door neighbor or as a best friend,” says Garner, “or that you wanted to maybe date in high school if you liked slightly nerdy types. But she is first and foremost Jim Green’s wife. I think she’s crazy about her husband and they’re exactly the kind of couple that you want to see have children. Cindy wants to be a mom, more than anything.”

When young Timothy magically appears in their lives, both Cindy and Jim have to cope with the huge learning curve of parenting. “Cindy suddenly gets this young boy and becomes a mother literally overnight. And she’s one of those moms who want to do a good job. She puts so much into it that sometimes she stumbles over her own two feet—something that I think most of us can probably relate to.”

Jennifer’s main wish for the audiences viewing the film is this: “I hope that you go home and love your family and love the messiness of your family. And forgive yourself for having a hard time with being a parent, or a sister or a child. I’m hoping that this is a movie that families will go to together.”

“Family is what you create. It isn’t just a mom and dad and 2.5 kids. It’s the family that you want so badly you make it happen, like Jim and Cindy do with Timothy. It’s the family that happens because maybe your own family isn’t everything they should be.”

So I know you want to know how you can get your hands on a copy of this lovely family film to add to your collection…. All you need to do is follow the steps below and you could be one of 5 lucky winners!


1. Subscribe to Becoming you’s NEW Monthly Highlights Newsletter here or here:

2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me you have done so and tell me your favourite family film that everyone will enjoy watching!

For an extra entry feel free to Tweet about this competition. Remember to mention @Becomingyoublog and leave another comment to tell me you have done so!

Good Luck!

Competition is open to all South African Residents over 18 years of age. The closing date for entries is 12pm on 4 April 2013. 5 winners will be selected on 5 April and announced on this blog. Winners have 30 days to claim their prize.

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I am already a subscriber 🙂 Tried to subscribe to newsletter again but it said I already am 🙂 Favorite family movie is the first Beethoven movie 🙂

  2. I have entered! Movie sounds great, please do keep doing movie reviews as I always go and stand at the dvd store not knowing what to choose! We also enjoy watching Sound of Music, Toy Story 1,2,3, Mary Poppins together.

  3. Ooh – this flick looks fantastic.

    We have a few family favourites from the 80’s ad 90’s. Home and away, ET, Neverending story, Willow and Princess Bride.

    Subscribed 🙂

  4. i subscribed 🙂 ( … my daughter is still very young (19 months) so our favorite family movie is the lion king 🙂

  5. I’ve seen the trailer of this movie looks awesome!

    Favorite movies from way back when would be, Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!

  6. Already subscribed. Sounds like a great movie. We also have Friday night movies and have many favourites including Alabama Moon, Nanny McPhee and Spy Kids.

  7. Have subcribed. My favourite family movie is: The LION king
    Have tweeted & shared to facebook as well @online61524

  8. Have joined, and our family favourite is Benny and Joon, its so funny and cute, but has cute lessons in it too, we enjoy giggling together at the sillyness. we also love almost all theanimationmovies, mommy and daddy are complete animation addicts,so now we love the excuse that we have kids, that why our collection is so big ,o)

  9. Oh goodness! There are so many!
    Well gotta love Flubber, Patch Adams – anything staring Robin Williams! 🙂 Also, the movie August Rush and and not forgetting Alice in Wonderland!

    Happy to already be a subscriber! <3



  10. I’m already a subscriber but have added my e-mail again, just to make sure 😉

    Our favourite family movie at this time is Sammy 2! My husband and my 4-year-old daughter absolutely LOVED the first Sammy movie, Sammy’s adventures, and now that the 2nd one is out we just had to rent it!!! My husband is already searching where he can buy it for us, lol 😀

  11. subscribed LONG ago.
    I’ve actually seen this movie, spent the entire damn thing wiping away tears but would be nice having my own copy.
    Our favourite family movie? The Harry Potter series.

  12. My kids love any movies with dogs, From Beethoven to Hotel for dogs, we have watched them all.

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