The Odd Life of Timothy Green Is a Ruthless Tear-jerking Machine

You might get a familiar sinking feeling during the opening moments of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A youngish couple (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) are sitting in an adoption agency being grilled by an adoption officer (Shohreh Aghdashloo). She notes that they left the "Qualifications" field on their application blank — save for one word, "Timothy." The wife asks to explain, and the film then launches into a flashback. You can feel in your weary bones that you’re not going to make it out of the theater with your tear ducts intact.

Basically, the flashback story goes like this: That couple — Cindy and Jim Green –—were destroyed at finding out that they couldn’t conceive. Hoping to move on, they give themselves one night in which they allow themselves to imagine what their hypothetical child might be like. They write each of the nonexistent boy’s virtues down on some pieces of scrap paper: He will be "Picasso with a pencil"; he will be "honest to a fault"; he will "love and be loved," etc. Then they place the virtues in a box, which they plant in their backyard. Lo and behold, that night, a 10-year-old boy named Timothy (played by the excellent C.J. Adams) emerges from the dirt, creeps into their home, and calls them mom and dad. As one does. Read More...


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