The Odd Life of Timothy Green 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012 Movie)

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a fantasy drama film released in 2012, directed by Peter Hedges and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie stars Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as Cindy and Jim Green, a loving couple who are struggling to conceive a child. When their dreams of becoming parents seem shattered, they decide to create a list of all the qualities they would have wanted in their child and bury it in the garden as a symbolic farewell to their hopes.

To their surprise, a mysterious young boy named Timothy (played by CJ Adams) appears in their home the next morning, claiming to be their son. He possesses all the qualities they had listed, including leaves growing from his legs. As Timothy becomes a part of their lives, the Greens discover that he has a magical ability to bring joy and positive changes to the people around him.

As the story unfolds, Timothy helps the couple and their community heal emotional wounds and mend broken relationships. He inspires others to appreciate life’s simple joys and embrace their unique qualities. Through his presence, the Greens learn valuable lessons about love, acceptance, and the true meaning of family.

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a heartwarming and whimsical film that explores themes of parenthood, hope, and the beauty of imperfections. It celebrates the magic and wonder of childhood while touching on the challenges and joys of being parents. The film offers a poignant message about the power of love to transform lives and create a sense of belonging.

Featuring strong performances from its cast, beautiful cinematography, and a touching musical score, the film strikes a chord with audiences of all ages. It invites viewers to reflect on the unique qualities that make each person special and reminds us of the importance of cherishing every moment with our loved ones.

With its blend of fantasy and drama, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” stands out as a unique and touching addition to Disney’s lineup of family-oriented films. It continues to be cherished by audiences for its heartfelt storytelling and meaningful messages.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $55.3 million
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  • CJ Adams: Timothy Green
  • Jennifer Garner: Cindy Green
  • Joel Edgerton: James Green
  • Odeya Rush: Joni Jerome
  • David Morse: James “Big Jim” Green Sr
  • Rosemarie DeWitt: Brenda Best
  • Ron Livingston: Franklin Crudstaff
  • Dianne Wiest: Bernice Crudstaff
  • Common: Coach Cal
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo: Evette Onat
  • Emmet Walsh: Uncle Bub
  • Lois Smith: Aunt Mel
  • Tim Guinee: Marty Rader
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Reggie
  • James Rebhorn: Joseph Crudstaff
  • Michael Arden: Doug Wert
  • Rhoda Griffis: Dr. Lesley Hunt


  • Director: Peter Hedges
  • Producers: Scott Sanders, James Whitaker and Ahmet Zappa
  • Music: Geoff Zanelli

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