After Cindy and Jim discover they can’t conceive, they write down their hypothetical child’s traits and bury them in the garden, and bingo: that night, Timothy appears in their house, whereupon Jim and Cindy proceed to account for events to adoption services in a cheesy alternate-line dialogue. The boy’s personality is as unbelievable as his creation and although the film is good for some smiles it rarely rises above clichéd relationships and typical situations.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green | Directed by Peter Hedges (USA 2012) with Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner. Starts June 6
Originally published in Issue #117, June 2013