The Odd Life of Timothy Green Parent’s Guide

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green Parent's Guide

Title: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
Studio: Disney

Release date: 12/4/2012

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Morse


Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

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  • Sex
  • Quality


Mommy Bear's Parent Review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green


A young boy is bullied as school children plaster him with food. As a reflex a young boy kicks a girl in the nose, with some mild bleeding.

Sexual Content

A young boy spends a lot of time with a young girl. His parents worry about the implications of this friendship and vaguely discuss having “The Talk” with him, though the conversation goes into no detail beyond that. It turns out that the friendship is completely innocent.


A few mild obscenities, but nothing that pushes the PG rating.


A young married couple, unable to have children, miraculously receives a magical child who grew out of their garden. Named Timothy, he proceeds to teach them how to be good parents.

Pros and Cons

Gorgeously shot, with lovely music and warm performances from Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is hampered by a stagnate story and characters who don’t experience much growth. Its title character is cute but flat, devoid of the kinds of emotions that would elicit audience sympathy. In short, it’s enjoyable but forgettable.

Discussion Points

Even good parents make mistakes. Good friends inspire one to nurture one’s talents. Sharing love and cheering others up is a wonderful gift.

Written by Jonathan Decker
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