Finding Contentment in The Odd Life of Timothy Green #TimothyGreen

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A million people can watch the same movie and walk away with a million and one different perspectives. Movies are meant to entertain. To comfort. To amuse. To just be. There are a few movies each year that can touch my heart at its core. The Odd Life of Timothy Green was one of those movies.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

I was honored to get to watch The Odd Life of Timothy Green with a large group of my fellow bloggers in New York City while at BlogHer. Others spoke of not wanting to watch a movie while in NYC while there were so many other “great things to do“… but I did not want to miss it. And I am so very glad I made the choice I did. The movie brought a perspective back into my heart I needed to be reminded of in my own life.

Let me begin with my favorite personal quote from the movie… it made me giggle because of something I completely related to a family member but I have to share:

Jim:Have a great day!
Cindy:That’s too much pressure.
Jim:Have the day you have.

Ok… ok… on with more of the movie!  “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green {Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton}, who cannot wait to start a family. Yet they can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy {CJ Adams} appears in their home one stormy night, Cindy and Jim… as well as the people of their small town of Stanleyville… learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Finding Contentment

I found the movie’s tagline to be right on: “He’s a force of nature.” How true those few simple words would become. One sweet little boy dared to be different and to make a change in the lives of others. One boy set out to find contentment in his circumstances and helped others find their own happiness as well. The movie brought on a flood of emotions and afterwards I can look back and see why it touched my heart as it did.

Brenda: “Where did he come from?”
Cindy: “It was all very sudden… and kind of miraculous.”

Cindy and Tim Green are faced with the challenges of infertility. I have close friends that struggle with this as well and know the heartache in can bring. But, even though infertility was not a personal struggle I faced, I have lost an angel to a miscarriage and the movie tore at my heartstrings in that sense. There was a flash of lightning on the the screen and I was immediately brought back to my own experience in the doctor’s office that fateful day over 4 years ago. Alas, just as Timothy changed the lives he touched in tremendous ways… our Reagan did much of the same. That baby molded my husband and I into better parents and made way for our beautiful, baby girl who will now be 3 in September. There is always a reason and a lesson to be learned.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Soccer coach: “That little guy of yours, he’s something special.”

Something Different

Secondly, I was incredibly moved by the sincere and gentle heart of Timothy Green. Realizing there was something different about him, Timothy still chose to be the best he could be.

Soccer coach: “Why are you smiling?”
Timothy: “I can only get better!”

I LOVE that scene! My middle daughter has battled anorexia and chronic constipation for over a year and a half now. She is 8. Although the anorexia has been the easier of the two to handle and “cure“… the chronic constipation has been a pain in our side since it’s fruition. The main thing about it is that it can lead to embarrassing odors and accidents. Not to mention, the emotional side of it was very tough on all of us. I attended every school trip, party, or function to be by my daughter’s side. I had kids ask me why she was always crying. Why did she miss so much school. Why was she always going to the bathroom. Even 1st graders can be cruel. My daughter was embarrassed and uncomfortable. But she pressed on. She found friends that cared about her and genuinely wanted her to get better. Those friends knew she was “different” and yet liked her anyways. Just as Joni befriends Timothy… my daughter was enveloped by a tight group of friends and flourished this past year through those relationships.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

Cindy: “You know he’s different?”
Joni: “That’s what I like about him.”

Timothy Green felt sorry for those that bullied. He admired those that truly cared. He loved those that loved him unconditionally. And, most of all, he inspired everyone around him to be a better person. The Odd Life of Timothy Green became so much more than a movie to me. It took root and grew in my inner most being. It sprouted and overwhelmed my thoughts. How I wish others could be inspired to see each and every person as a wonderfully made being… perfect in their own way.

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

Cindy: I’ve decided it, our son will not be seen as different, He will be treated like normal kid.

Make sure to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green in theaters starting August 15th. You can learn more about the movie by liking the Odd Life Movie on Facebook and by following along on Twitter.

Disclosure: I was provided a press passes to attend a pre-release screening of the movie.  No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.
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    • says

      Thanks, Tiffany. It was so much more than I thought it was going to be quite honestly. I can’t wait to take my husband to see it.

    • says

      Thanks, Amanda. I was bawling after the movie trying to explain to the group I was with why I was crying. It was an amazing movie. And I am so glad we got to meet too… even though it took me a minute with your new hair! :)

    • says

      Thanks you, Debra. I love movies that do more than entertain me for a couple hours. This one left me feeling motivated and inspired. :)

    • says

      Oh it is great! Of course, everyone will walk away with something different but it really touched me. It was so different than I imagined and that was a good thing. Although there was some sort of predictability… it still surprised me in the end.

  1. Emily says

    I really wanted to see this, but missed it for the Land’s End party, which ended up not letting me bring my baby!

    Great review! The movie looks really good, you captured it really well… and I’m so sorry for your loss. ((hugs))

    • says

      Oh no! I think I read somewhere… your blog or on FB… that they turned you away with the baby. That is so not cool.

      And thank you. I loved the movie and appreciate your kind words. I have found that there was a reason… just as there was a reason for Timothy Green… and am grateful for the strength it gave me to continue on.

  2. says

    Staci, thank-you so much for sharing your touching review. I think sometimes we can get so caught up in life and especially children and young adults with trying to fit in and be normal. It is great that they are putting movies out there that are positive and teaching that it is okay to just be you. I really enjoyed reading your review :)
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    • says

      Thank you! Walking through what we have with our daughter and seeing how Timothy reacts to those differences… well, the movie was great. Everyone is created unique for a reason and we should all be taught to appreciate those differences… not prey on them. And you are right… Timothy Green was a terrific, positive movie that lets us know we are perfect just as we are.

    • says

      It was so good. There may be a few moments that younger children may need to discuss later but overall it was very family-friendly. My 6 and 8 yr old daughters can’t wait to see it. And I enjoy a movie that stirs conversation and curiosity.

  3. says

    Sounds like the kind of movie that I would really enjoy! I think your review is amazing, and feel like it tells more about the story than I’ve read elsewhere – like messages behind certain parts, but not TOO much info! :)

    • says

      Thank you… and I was trying my best to not include any spoilers. It was difficult I must admit since the climatic scenes are so vital to the movie’s greatness. ;)

  4. Lily says

    I wanted so bad to attend that screening, but unfortunately I had to work the registration desk at that time.
    Staci, your review is one if the best reviews I have read about any movie!!!! You made me cry, giggle, and be touched by a movie I am about ti see. I am literally in line for tix to see it, and normally I would stay away from any reviews at all for fear of everything being ruined… you left me so excited to see it!!!!!

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