The Odd Life of Timothy Green Review

With the bad news of their inability to conceive a child, Jim and Cindy Green, played by Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner, enter a world of denial and depression. After realizing that denying this fact, the two decide to gestate their ideal child down to the little details. In order to make this memory complete, the two write these ideas down on paper and put them into a box, which is buried in their garden. Suddenly a storm rolls through their North Carolina neighborhood. Within minutes, we are introduced to a child covered in mud climbing into the bedroom of Jim and Cindy. Enter Timothy, the child “grown” from the couples shattered hopes and dreams. Is this the child that the Green’s had conjured up and jotted down on paper?

This is definitely one of those movies for those who want a nice family drama/comedy. Writer/Director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), produces and nice soft movie that will give your emotions a fit. At one moment you will be laughing and feeling the all happy inside, while at another time you may be crying. It probably will not go down as a memorable Disney movie, but for those wanting that warm hearted feeling, this is a good one for you to pick up.


This video transfer is a nice 1080p picture. The colors throughout this film are that of an old time movie. You will see lots of yellows combined into the colors as well as clear and defined skin tone. There really are no glitches in the graphics at all throughout the entire film. With that being said, Disney does have control over all of this. So in all actuality we can all but expect that there is going to be a sharp and clear picture at its very best presented to you. 5/5


The audio is in 7.1 DTS-HD format. While saying that, this is a movie that is not heavily dependent on its audio track. The rear channels are used nicely for some of the ambient noises, for example while the thunderstorm is roaring. Of course the dialogue is superbly clear, which is a nice gift to all. While not as outstanding as the video, one will be perfectly happy with the audio presented in this subdued flick.

Special Features

*Documentary – “Family Roots: Bringing ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ to the Screen: A nice look at the telling of this family story and the individuals that were responsible for bringing this to life.

*Glen Hansard: Behind “This Gift”: A little diddy about this Oscar Award winner and the creation of the end credits track.

*”This Gift” Music video: The music video to the end credits track by Glen Hansard.

*Deleted Scenes: ‘Remembering Bubbles’, ‘Neighbor’, ‘Discovery’, ‘You’re a Fichus’, ‘A Mess’.

*Director Audio Commentary: Self explanatory.

This is a movie that the whole family will enjoy. You will laugh. You will cry. You will wish you had a plant kid also. Just don’t say that in front of your kids. If you want a nice movie that will warm you up during this cold winter, go pick this up. You will not be disappointed.