We had the opportunity to view The Odd Life of Timothy Green last month after a very special outdoor event with the lovely Jennifer Garner.
We ate, played games, heard about Frigidaire and the great work they’re doing in the community and then headed off to the Grauman’s Chinese Theater to enjoy the movie.
I didn’t quite know what to expect when we sat down to watch The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I had briefly read the premise and all I remembered was, “kid is grown in the garden.” It was nothing like I had heard of before. More than anything I was intrigued to see how Disney was going to make it work.
Well, they totally made it work. By the end of the movie I had shed a tear, been made eternally grateful to be a parent and completely related to the characters in the movie. Yes, the kid comes from the garden, but it fits into the plot in a non-weird way. It doesn’t seem like a stretch. It’s also one of those movies that is narrated in present time and goes back and talks about what happened.
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton do a great job of portraying first-time parents and their decisions as they are raising their new kid is completely relate-able. Often times it was like they asked me for my opinion on what to do because I had done the same thing as a parent. Without giving too much away, my favorite part was Jennifer Garner finally letting it out on her sister (the one-upper) because I cannot begin to tell you how many times I would love to do that to some people.
All in all, it’s a great family movie. I took my two kids with me; the baby fell asleep (thank goodness!) and my 4.5 year old sat through it, but I don’t think he understood a lot of it so he really wasn’t crazy about it. There’s a lot of soccer in it (that’s the sport the boy in the movie plays), so he liked that part. I would recommend this movie for parents and kids older than 7 if you want to sit through it. It’s a tear-jerker so I do recommend you bring tissue with you. If you’re pregnant or your hormones are raging, then bring a whole box. It deals with infertility, adoption and a strong want to have kids.
And I promised you an embarrassing story, so here it is. Right before I met Jennifer Garner I read/heard something about her being pregnant. It was so obviously old news. How do I know? ‘Cause I’m the idiot that asked her how far along she was… only to have her tell me that her son was four months old. I could have died right then and there. To make matters worse, she then had to stand next to me for a group picture (above). I apologized profusely and I honestly don’t know what got into me. I have NEVER been that rude and asked a woman how far along she is (unless it’s very obvious). At this point I just hope Disney doesn’t black-list me for this.
Here’s a great scene from The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I would love to hear your thoughts on the movie too!