Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 15, 2012 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures
Some way director writer Peter Hedges has taken a script with potential magic and turned it into a stilted empty event, filled with hollow performances where we might have expected an enchanting tale.
Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) live in a small town that exists on the production of pencils, thats Jim's work and Cindy works some of the time as a small dress shop. What they want is to have a child but doctors say their biological chemistry isn't going to work. On a lark they plant a wooden box in the garden with slips of paper that describe the characteristics they want in their child. On a night when the rain goes up as well as down, Timothy Green (CJ Adams) appears full of mud.
Tim is different because he has leaves growing from his lower legs. Adams is quite effective as a kid who tells the truth and doesn't worry about everything most kids are concerned with only the qualities on the paper in his birth box. He is cute and appealing as is his only true friend Joni Jerome played by Odeya Rush who has number of new films on the horizon, in one she plays Mary the mother of Christ here she is just a young teen girl who understands what being different means. The two kids are the best part of the film.
The other characters are hollow shells, David Morse spends his screen time with his arms folded critiquing Timothy and being remembered as a bad parent to Jim, Dianne Wiest is an empty ugly grouch, Jennifer Garner is over the top silly and her sister played by Rosemarie DeWitt is just ugly and critical and irritating to watch.
In fact it is irritating to watch all these capable performers walking around like robots doing exactly the same ting over and over again. Timothy's life isn't so odd once he's born the adults are the strange ones.
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