Reviewed by: Laura Busch
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer
adoption in the Bible
being different than others
not being afraid to try anything
trying to be good parents
|Featuring:||Jennifer Garner … Cindy Green
Joel Edgerton … Jim Green
Dianne Wiest … Ms. Crudstaff
David Morse … James Green Sr.
Rosemarie DeWitt … Brenda Best
Ron Livingston … Franklin Crudstaff
Scott Sanders Productions
Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributor:||Walt Disney Pictures|
“He’s a force of nature.”
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a heartwarming film that tells the story of Jim and Cindy Green, a married couple, who want more than anything to be parents. After learning that their dream of having a baby will never happen, the heartbroken couple decide to entertain their dream of a child one final time by writing down all of the attributes and dreams they have for their child on pieces of paper. Jim and Cindy place the pieces of paper in a box and bury their hope of a child in their garden. Much to their surprise, a 10-year-old boy named Timothy emerges from their garden after a heavy rainstorm. Timothy explains that he is meant for them. Jim and Cindy embrace the amazing miracle from their garden with love and excitement. Timothy touches the lives of everyone he encounters and helps Jim and Cindy learn from the mistakes they make as parents.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is a clean and charming fairy tale with many important lessons that can be gleaned from the story and its overarching themes. The film’s central themes align themselves with many Christian ideologies regarding family and relationships. It offers a refreshing portrayal of a traditional two-parent family, who are in a loving and committed marriage. The roles of mother and father are held in the highest regard. This film’s central themes also emphasize that children are precious gifts to be cherished, and that sharing your love with a child is one of the most beautiful gifts of marriage.
The issue of being “different” is also addressed in the film. Timothy is not like the other kids. He has leaves growing out his legs and is clumsy on the soccer field.
This film can serve as a reminder to children that it is okay to be different and not conform to the ways of others around us. The character of Timothy wears his differences like a badge of honor and is proud of who he is. Timothy’s is a kind-hearted boy, who is like a ray of light in the darkness.
The film’s emphasis on being “different” and not conforming to the rest of the world can serve as a wonderful discussion starter for parents to talk with their children about what it means to be “different” as a Christian. We are called, as Christians, to be in the world but not of the world. Romans 12:12 tells us,
This film also touches upon the deep pain that so many childless couples experience, and it delves into the many mistakes that parents make along the journey of parenthood. As Christians, this film’s central themes also reminds us that God’s plans for our lives do not always happen when—and in the way—that we expect. We see Jim and Cindy learn from their mistakes and grow as a couple and parents. This film will probably be most enjoyed by slightly older children and their parents, due to the serious nature of some of the themes.
Cinematically, the film has an almost whimsical charm, with just the right balance of humor and drama. Young actor C.J. Adams brings the character of Timothy to life in a charming and nuanced performance, while Jennifer Garner and Joel Edergton deliver sincere performances as new parents, who want the best for their child.
I have very few bad things to say about “the Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The Lord’s name is misused approximately 4 or 5 times. Timothy kicks a girl, when she tries to remove his sock to see the leaves on his legs, but he feels bad about it, later. After Timothy develops a crush on a girl, his parents agree that it is time to have “the talk,” but they get interrupted before the can talk to him.
Spirituality and the concept of a higher power play an integral role in this film, however none of the spiritual themes in the film are attributed to God. The role of the “higher power’ in this movie is completely ambiguous, and, as a Christian viewer, I found myself filling in the blanks with God, where the story left God out entirely. While this film tells a touching and sincere story, the positive themes in this story lack some depth due to the complete absence of our Creator and Sustainer.
Overall, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is good choice for Christian viewers. It is a moving film with multi-dimensional characters that are brought to life in a touching story, which reflects many Christian ideals regarding marriage and family
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor—“Oh G_d” (3), “Oh dear G_d,” “hell” / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.