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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

By EMILY JENSEN
Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) lead a life of exceptional blandness. He works on the assembly line in a pencil factory while she toils under the thumb of a tight-lipped old biddy at a pencil museum. They live in the town of Stanleyville, the “Pencil Capital of the World.” Yikes. Even bleaker, the couple struggles with infertility issues, and learn after countless failed medical procedures that they cannot conceive. Drunk on misery and red wine, they scrawl characteristics of their imaginary child on slips of paper, stuff them listlessly into a wooden box, and bury them in the backyard along with their hopes of ever becoming parents. And then something less depressing happens: A 10-year-old child comes busting out of the ground where the box was buried, slathered in mud and sprouting leaves around his ankles. His name is Timothy (played by the tiny, magical CJ Adams), and he matches every quality his parents listed, from “honest to a fault” to “Picasso with a pencil” (we get it, you’re into pencils). The ensuing story, albeit saccharine and silly, is genuinely adorable. It’s a squeaky-clean, super-sweet watch that’s perfect for kids and parents.
 
  • Genres: Fantasy, Comedy drama
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG [ Brief Language, Mild Thematic Elements ]
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Jennifer Garner [Cindy Green], Joel Edgerton [Jim Green], Dianne Wiest [Bernice Crudstaff], CJ Adams [Timothy], Rosemarie DeWitt [Brenda Best], Ron Livingston [Franklin Crudstaff], M. Walsh [Uncle Bub], Odeya Rush [Joni Jerome], Lin-Manuel Miranda [Reggie Marks], Lois Smith [Aunt Mel], David Morse [Big Jim], Common [Coach Cal], James Rebhorn [Franklin's Father], Shohreh Aghdashloo [Adoption Agency Employee]
  • Directed by: Peter Hedges [Director], Peter Hedges [Screenwriter], Ahmet Zappa [Producer], Scott Sanders [Producer], Jim Whitaker [Producer], John Cameron [Executive Producer], Mara Jacobs [Executive Producer], John Toll [Cinematographer], Wynn Thomas [Production Design], Andrew Mondshein [Film Editor], Geoff Zanelli [Original Music], Susie DeSanto [Costume Designer], Bernie Telsey [Casting], Brana Rosenfeld [Set Decoration]
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