It’s difficult to wrap one’s head around exactly who the target audience is for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The life lessons are more geared toward reflective parents who have become empty-nesters. Meanwhile, because it’s a fantasy about a precocious boy who sprouts up out of a couple’s garden, there’s no way anyone older than the age of 10 could really fall under its spell. The problem with targeting ages 8 to 80 is that the result is never a slam-dunk for anyone; it is, at best, merely agreeable. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is friendly. It’s charming. It features the icecap-melting smile of Jennifer Garner and the big-eyed curiosity of CJ Adams as one family’s perfectly imperfect son. It’s a nice, safe movie, perfect for when parents and kids can’t agree on a movie they really want to see instead.
Director: Peter Hedges
Producer: Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders, Jim Whitaker, John Cameron and Mara Jacobs
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith, David Morse, Common, James Rebhorn and Shohreh Aghdashloo
The Odd Life of Timothy Green