The boy who plays 10 year old Timothy Green (CJ Adams) was one of the cutest 10 year old boys I've ever seen! He brought such depth to Timothy throughout the entire movie, right along with his light-hearted smile and selflessness.
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton were beyond believable in their portrayal of Timothy's parents, and their grief was so real at the beginning of the movie when they learn that they really can't have their own biological children. That combined with their celebrations and acceptance of Timothy's achievements and trials, as well as their acceptance that they made mistakes and would continue to do so and learn from them made them simply perfect as parents.
Odeya Rush was wonderful as Joni, the girl that befriends Timothy and accepts him for who he is. She brought so much joy (and quirky fun - tell me you didn't just love what she did in the 'cherry on top' scene) to the movie.
While I'm talking characters, it was also great to see other wonderful actors and actresses who made up the supporting cast including: Ron Livingston, David Morse, Dianne Wiest, Lois Smith
Without giving too much away, I'll admit that my eyes teared up during at least two scenes, if not three, and I seriously DOUBT there was one dry eye in the theater by the end of the movie (yes it has a great ending, but there is one particular scene that you are just about certain to shed a tear or two in).
Cindy and Jim find out they are unable to have biological children of their own, and both are struggling to move on, so for one evening they give themselves the freedom to pretend they have a child, and they write down all the things their child would be/do... their child would have Cindy's kind heart, would score the winning soccer goal, would have Uncle Bub's humor, etc. It is a very touching scene, and by the end, they place their "memories" in a box and bury it in the garden.
Later that night, there is a storm outside and Timothy enters their lives, complete with his leaves. You then watch as they accept that Timothy is theirs, and make him a part of their lives.
Timothy has this way of unexpectedly touching the lives of the people around him with his honesty, laugh, encouragement and friendship.
This is a great movie, dealing with family, honesty, community, life, dreams, hope and so much more. You will laugh... and you will probably cry... and you will laugh again, so go see Timothy and find out what he is all about!
In theaters August 15, 2012 ~ Rated PG ~ 1 hr 44 min
Comedy / Drama / Family
About the Movie: (From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
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.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of 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.Movie Clip From YouTube:
Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012.
*Disclosure: I got to go to an advance screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green