The Odd Life Of Timothy Green REVIEW

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green film review.

If you feel like slapping the lot of them then, frankly, we don’t blame you.


Release Date: 5 April 2013
U | 105 minutes
Distributor: Disney
Director: Peter Hedges
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Michael Arden, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush

There’s something about precocious kids in movies that’s just damn eerie. Especially when, like Timothy Green, they’re made of leaves.

Yup, you read that right. Jim and Cindy Green can’t have children. So one night they decide to write about what their ideal child would be like. They bury the notes outside, it rains, and the next day little Timmy appears in their home (presumably having clawed his way up through the mud like a vampire). Instead of freaking out and hiding their knives, they take it all in their stride. Even when they discover that he has indestructible leaves growing out of his ankles.

This is a seriously weird film. Not Eraserhead weird (though there is a reference to that movie), but weird in the ways that it tries to be uplifting. It looks and sounds like your average family feelgood movie (complete with bland turns from Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as the parents and constant, sappy music), but everything else about it is just plain odd. Timothy’s a creepy protagonist: preternaturally talented, permanently smiling and raising his arms to absorb the sunlight (he’s a plant, remember).

There’s also a cringingly awful dance sequence, and – we shit you not – an entire subplot about making a revolutionary new kind of pencil. Presumably it’s meant as a twist on that old saying: if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If a saccharine live-action Disney film gives you a grubby plant boy, make a… pencil?

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