The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Most would-be parents go through a grieving process when told they can’t have children. Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Eggerton) transform their sorrow into celebrating what their imaginary kid could have been like. Seems a little weird, but The Odd Life of Timothy Green is, by nature, weird. Director Peter Hedges’ (Dan in Real Life) film follows young Timothy (CJ Adams), a boy who sprouts from Cindy’s garden, adorned with leaves on his legs, plus all the characteristics of the Greens’ envisioned perfect child. The overly enthusiastic new parents (come on Jennifer Garner, tone it down) love him from the get-go, but the rest of their dull, dying town doesn’t appreciate the misfit. Like some allegory for the Messiah, Timothy works his mysterious magic, using his big heart to bring the town folk together, saving their livelihood. It’s kind of sweet, but younger viewers might not understand all the metaphors, while adults might find the symbolism too sappy. Bottom line: It’s a family film that falls flat. Regardless, newcomer CJ Adams uses his charm to make a few touching scenes worthwhile. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG –R.B.