THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN directed by Peter Hedges, written by Hedges from a story by Ahmet Zappa, with Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams and Dianne Wiest. A Disney release. 104 minutes. Now playing. For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: N
A special kind of delusion drives The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.
Not only has writer/director Peter Hedges managed to get a major studio to finance his bizarre magic-realist tale of an infertile couple whose imagined, idealized child (CJ Adams) crawls out of their garden one night after a mystical storm, but he's roped supposedly sensible performers like Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton into making it with him.
So, yeah, Garner and Edgerton wake up to this perfect kid. Okay, so he's not exactly perfect; he has half a dozen leaves on his lower legs, but that's not weird at all, right? And he makes everyone happy and brings a local girl (Odeya Rush) out of her shell, and at no time does anyone point out how utterly batshit crazy the whole premise is.
Viewed from another angle, this could become an amazing horror comedy about unwitting dolts who let a tree demon into their home. Every time Hedges pours on the syrupy music and the bizarre life lessons about opening up and being yourself and saving the local pencil factory - yes, really, that is a plot point - you wish someone had had the stones to take it there.