At the beginning of this month, I attended BlogHer in New York City. While I was there, I was invited to attend an advanced screening of the new Disney movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” which opens tomorrow, August 15, 2012. This is a really great movie. The first thing that you might want to check out is if they are selling tissues at the concession stand. I started crying within minutes of the opening scene.
We are introduced to Cindy and Jim Green at the beginning of the movie when they are at an adoption agency. They are asked by the case worker at the adoption agency to explain why they would be good parents. This is when we are introduced to the story of Timothy Green.
When they were told that they could not conceive a child of their own, Jim came up with the idea that for one night they would have a child. They wrote down the qualities that they would like their child to have on little pieces of paper. They came up with things like “just once our kid would score the winning goal” and he would be “Picasso with a pencil”. When they finished writing all of the qualities down, they placed the pieces of paper in a box and buried the box in their back yard. Later that night, there is a really bad storm and the next thing they know, they hear some noises and find that a 10 year old boy named Timothy has appeared. He told them that he came from the garden. Although they don’t really understand everything, they go with the flow and cherish the time that they have with the gift that they have been given.
This movie really touched me. I thought that Jennifer Garner who played Cindy Green and Joel Edgerton who played Jim Green did an amazing job of portraying the emotions that couples suffering from infertility go through. Many of you know that my husband and I dealt with infertility for 10 years so this movie was very personal to me.
CJ Adams did a great job of playing Timothy. I loved Timothy’s outlook on life. It was if he was telling us to slow down and treasure the moments that we have. Every day he would take time to enjoy the sunlight. This reminded me of when my Dad and I used to lay on our patio at night and watch the stars when I was a kid. They seemed so magical. Somewhere in the past twenty-five years, I have forgotten how fun it is to do simple things like that so I have to thank this movie for reminding me. I plan on sitting outside with my kids to stargaze as soon as we have a clear night. They grow up so fast and after waiting for them for ten years, I should be enjoying the simple things with them more often.
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Disclosure: I attending a screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green as a guest of Disney. No other compensation (besides popcorn and soda) were received. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.