Parenting is not something you are taught, but something you learn. We all have been brought up different within our own families and when we meet the right person we want to make our own new family to grow and share life with. This is the essence of Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life, About a Boy) new film.
Cindy and Jim Green are anxious to become parents any means necessary. While in an interview to become adoptive parents they recount their only experience, Timothy. Within the session of the interview the Green’s will recount how Timothy came to “grow” into their lives and become everything a parent could ever want in a child. But at what cost and what lesson learned remains to be seen from this new natural wonder in their lives.
Hedges brought to the screen a heartwarming and passionate story of what parents and children go through to make a family from a story by character actor Ahmet Zappa (Jack Frost, Pump up the Volume). Ahmet has given the right seed with which Hedges was able to make everyone in the theater emotional in the best way. Thought provoking and intellectual for all ages to enjoy as my son told me after taking him to the screening.
You can’t go too wrong either with the pairing of Jennifer Garner (Juno, Alias) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing) as Cindy and Jim Green. The pair are a wonderful match as a couple who has tried everything to have a baby. In every detail of their portrayals you can hear and feel the frustration, joy, anger, happiness they show on screen. Another nod to Hedges for bringing these two together and bringing out what many in real life have gone through.
‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ is a great film for the entire family and would make a great holiday gift. It is a great tale of how we as parents struggle with rules, chores, and life just like kids. We’re not perfect and we make mistakes. What makes us good or even great parents is when we learn and not make them again. This is a film that will make everyone appreciate what a family can be.
Bonus features, include a documentary “Family Roots: Bringing ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ to the Screen,” which looks at this unique family story and the creative team that brought it to life; “Glen Hansard: Behind ‘This Gift” – the Academy Award® winning songwriter tells how he and Marketa Irglova crafted the moving end-credits song; “This Gift” Music Video by Glen Hansard and much more!!!