The Odd Life of Timothy Green may be your mill-in-the-run family drama but it is a whimsical, feel good piece of entertainment.
Childless couple Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy (Jennifer Garner) are desperate for a child of their own. When their plans fail, they get into a drunken stupor imagining the dream child they will have, making a list and having it buried in their backyard. Magically, a strange child Timothy (CJ Adams) appears and adopts them. Despite how incredulous this may seem, they raise and love the child as their own. Not only is he their wish come true, the ten-year-old boy saves the town from villain (Dianne Wiest) as well as the relationship between his parents and their family, which includes grandfather Jim (David Morse) and aunt (Rosemarie DeWitt).
Without a doubt, this is a family drama and the emphasis here is on the parent and child relationship and there are countless sweet moments that would have young parents going all tingling. But the plot and script is so sentimental and the characters are so earnest and complete that it lacks something. The execution of the film is formulaic too. Of course, the items of the list comes true one by one. If you can overlook the sweet cliches of The Odd Life of Timothy Green, this would be a forgettable feel good film for the weekend with your family.