As a sort of closure exercise to how hard they have tried to have a child and failed, they decide (after drinking a lot of wine) to write down what their kid would have been like (a big heart, always truthful, not great at sports but would one day kick the winning goal, etc.), and they place all of the notes in a wooden box and bury it in their garden. That is not the end of their hopes but the beginning.
A storm rages that night — only over their house — and they awake to find a 10-year-old boy (CJ Adams), covered in dirt, and a big hole in their garden where the box was buried. Their dreams have come true and their new son Timothy is very special, indeed — he has beautiful green leaves growing out of his lower legs. Timothy has a special effect on everyone he encounters. But it isn't always positive. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is full of small and quirky supporting characters: Ron Livingston as Jim's horrible boss (a nice switch from his part in Office Space); Dianne Wiest as Cindy's not-quite-as-horrible-as-Jim's boss; Odeya Rush as Joni, a girl who befriends Timothy and sees him for how special he is; David Morse as Jim's hard-to-please father; Common as Timothy's not very encouraging soccer coach; and Shohreh Aghdashloo as a woman who works at an adoption agency.
|Timothy makes friends with Joni|
|The Greens take Timothy to a horticulturist friend for a check-up|
|Timothy practices some photosynthesis|
What is at the heart of The Odd Life of Timothy Green is how odd it is, not to be a boy with leaves on his legs, but a parent. It's about yearning, and feelings. It's sweet and even sappy at times. Nothing blows up. It might be a tad too sentimental for some, but it's so earnest that its hard to be hard on it. Like Timothy and Cindy and Jim it has a big heart.