Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star in this week's release The Odd Life of Timothy Green, about a very unique family. The Disney film has a lot of charm and whimsy to spare, but is it worth packing up the kids and heading to the theater? Find out in our video movie review!View Transcript »
Hi, I'm Shannon Vestal. I'm Becky Kirsch. In Watch, Pass, or Rent, we're reviewing The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star as a married couple who can't conceive when a young boy suddenly appears in their backyard claiming to be their son. Hi. Hi. I'm Timothy. Becky, let's talk about what we liked about the movie. I thought the story was really sweet and Disney-esque, very whimsical, and I have to say I loved the young actor who played Timothy Green, CJ Adams, said he was really good and especially because his character was kind of weird. He's may or may not be a tree. He's growing leaves. I just thought that like it took a good actor to kind of make that kid seem a little bit normal. And he's also very cute. Well, like you said, nature is a big part of this movie, but with that I think for me attributed to the fairy tale aspect of it. And it's set in this New England sometimes you have like, the leaves and it's the home of the pencils, so there's pencil factories and it's that aspect of it feels like sort of like a storybook which you would have read, which I liked. You also have Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner playing the parents. Have a great day! That's too much pressure. Have the day you have. Jennifer Garner feels very natural as a mother, maybe because she's a mom in real life, whereas Joel Edgerton i just immediately think of Warrior. So it was really interesting to see him play a different role, and he was very endearing as a father. I agree. I loved Joel Edgerton in this. And I agree with what you're saying about the setting. I felt like it was very timeless. Yeah. So let's talk about what we didn't like about the movie. I know that this was supposed to be a kids film, but I just felt like it was very cheesy. He 's our something unexpected, our little miracle. I feel like I could have done with it being a little bit less schmaltzy. What did you think? Well I think cheesiness comes with the territory when you have a kids' movie but comparatively speaking, you have movies like Zookeeper and things like that that are so over the top that are actually unbearable for adults to watch, and I didn't feel this at all. I was pretty engaged but my biggest gripe about it was that it was super predictable and I felt like I had seen everything from the trailer which I guess comes with the territory also but I was hoping for a few more surprises. Right. Well, let's go to our verdict. Becky? We both enjoyed this movie a lot, but I don't think you need to rush out to the theater to see it. I agree. This is a sweet family film but It's not a must see, so we give it a rent.