The Odd Life of Timothy Green Movie Review & Summer Fun Kit!


Image courtesy of Disney.

I knew from the moment my 7 year old daughter and I watched the trailer of the new Disney movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green that it was a true pull-at-your-heartstrings kind of film. As we sat at my computer watching the trailer I started crying. My 7 year old hugged me and told me “It’s okay mommy”. I hugged her back, and told her “I know. Mommy’s just emotional.” Although I never had problems with infertility myself, I could very much relate to the premise of the film, and desire to have a family of my own.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is about a couple (roles played by Jennifer Garner & Joel Edgerton) that truly desire a child of their own, but are unable to conceive. After getting home from being told they’ve tried everything, in a very positive manner, they jot down ideas of characteristics and life events of their ideal would-be child. They put the ideas in a wooden box, and bury it in their yard. After a stormy night the husband and wife find a 10 year old boy at their home, calling himself Timothy, claiming to be from their garden (role played by Cameron “CJ” Adams).

I took our 7 year old to an advance screening of the movie, and we both loved it. We liked everything from the story line, to the beautiful location chosen for the film, to the funny moments that made us laugh out loud. Just as I thought, I cried plenty, starting before the end of the opening credits. I thought the acting was superb, and loved the characters in the film. There were some interesting twists in the story line that surprised me. It made me appreciate that which I have all that much more.

Although I took our eldest child with me to the screening, I think younger kids would enjoy the movie as well. I’m not sure that our almost 5 year old would have understood the premise of the film, but I do think he’d enjoy it. There were many kids his age and younger at the screening, all of whom seemed to enjoy it. The film would also be a fun date night movie for parents. It had lots of applause at the end, and I’d be happy to see it over and over.

Summer Fun Kit Inspired by the Film
We have a neat Summer Fun Kit to share with you, inspired by the movie, filled with activities to do at home with your kids. The kit includes crafts, recipes, and more! The document is a PDF file, and can be downloaded at this LINK. Don’t have a PDF Reader on your computer? Click HERE to download one. (Fun Kit courtesy of Disney.)

Online Q & A with Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, the beautiful, leading female actress in the film, is participating in an interactive online chat about the film via webcam, on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012, at 2:45pm EST. This is a free online Q & A that includes a virtual sneak peek of the movie that YOU can participate in as well. You do not have to be a blogger to join the chat. Jennifer will answer select question from participants. RSVP HERE. Perhaps we’ll virtually “see” you there!

P.S. The Odd Life of Timothy Green opens in theaters on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012.


Disclosure: We were invited by the Disney® Studios to attend an advanced screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. We were not compensated by any means other than entry to the screening, and our opinions are our own. Many thanks to Walt Disney Studios Publicity for the opportunity to view the film!