In “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton plays a couple who live in a picturesque small town called Stanleyville, home of the world’s largest pencil company. Their life is perfect save for the fact that it has been discovered they cannot have the thing they desire the most, a child.
One night, after downing their sorrows in a bottle of wine and writing down on slips of paper what their imaginary child’s personality would be like, the go out into the yard of their country house and plant a box containing the wishes in a garden. Lo and behold, in the middle of the night a storm brews up, and out of the yard and into the house comes Timothy, a 9-year-old boy dripping in mud who asks if he can get cleaned up.
Timothy is a bright, intuitive kid with one major thing no other child has – small green leafs growing on his feet near his ankles. It is decided they will hide this fact and try to explain away Timothy’s sudden appearance to their family and the community. Obviously, this can work only so long.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” has a fine supporting cast that features Dianne Wiest, David Morse, M. Emmet Walsh, Ron Livingston and hip-hop performer ”Common” who plays a soccer coach. C. J. Adams plays Timothy. The kid is a real find as an actor. He imbues his unusual character with outstanding credibility and appeal. He even resembles Jennifer Garner in the face.
Like in many Disney films, there are story elements about the environment, inclusion and a proper value system. The potential closing of the pencil factory is also an element in the story.
But as unusual as the script is. after a while you begin to accept the far-fetched story and realize that while all dreams don’t come true, the ones that do are really magic.