15 comments on “Movie Review ~ The Odd Life of Timothy Green

  1. r k ripperger says:

    I looked forward to this movie being ‘THE summer treat movie’ of the year with my older school-aged grandsons. I’m glad you saved me the time & money; they too would have seen the extension cords..

    • Joe says:

      Thank you for reading!
      I wanted to like this film, I really did. I’m not a cynic nor do I take delight in studio pictures missing the mark — so I was as disappointed as the next viewer that this was sillier and sloppier than it should have been considering the cast assembled for it. I wish this summer had more family fare for parents/grandparents with children too old for Pixar but too young for The Dark Knight. Introuce your grandsons to some classic Disney — Follow Me Boys is an underrated Disney gem I’ll be reviewing shortly!

      • r k ripperger says:

        Oh good! Follow Me Boy.. A Remake?
        The next big movie rush season being Christmas-time? All I can find is ‘ 66 (?) info on Fred MacMurray/Kurt Russell.

      • Joe says:

        Yes! It’s the MacMurray/Russell version — a classic!

      • r k ripperger says:

        I wish there would be more ‘movie magic’ coming similar to all of what Walt himself said told us to do when I was a teen and YA -“Suspend Reality and ..Believe..” in the 50s and early 60s.. in movies like The Indian In The Cupboard.
        Even though I was a new grandma at the time and this was YA fiction, ‘Indian’ did lead me to purchasing the rest of the 4 or so books in the series so I could find out what happened, both before and after the premise of this book/movie. That movie was VERY enjoyable for the whole family!

  2. Sylvia says:

    It’s just a fun movie, I think sometimes too much time is spent picking movies apart. But I do agree with not using the supporting characters enough. Don’t put people like David Morse and Dianne Wiest if you’re not going to use them properly, it’s a waste of their talent.

  3. Dexter says:

    I agree with you 100%. I had a big problem with the relatives not asking questions about how Timothy arrived in Pencilville, and the school system enrolled him without birth certificate and inoculation records. People with factory jobs and museum guides rarely have the money to spend thousands of dollars on clothes. Living in such a remote area would not give the characters easy access to Lands End, Talbots, Neiman Marcus and Saks, like the they were dressed, although the outfits were wonderful. There were too many good actors employed for this trainwreck and their skills were never utilized. I don’t see the allure of Jennifer Garner. On the big screen she’s not eye-pleasing. Though I did enjoy one line, “In this house we like to eat healthy.” That was to compensate for why the movie cast was rail thin when we well know that the rest of rural America is overweight.

    • mPs says:

      Hey Dex, I hate wardrobes that don’t make sense too. However, Lands End, Talbots, Neiman Marcus and Saks all deliver to the boondocks! 😉

      • r k ripperger says:

        That is true, however it depends on where in the rural part of the States one resides. Often it’s easier (and much less expensive when so many are jobless or barely scraping by from paycheck-to-paycheck) to go to Walmart….or a local thrift shop or a resale shop – and there’s certainly no shame in that and if one is clever about it – good clothing can be found there and can often be re-worked into other styles!
        Shipping fees and taxes are added onto sales from the name brand stores, adding to the prices.
        I happen to shop-by-mail order (online ordering) from Lands’ End, LL Bean and occasionally from (in store) Walmart (because even designers have lines sold there) due to the fact that I can shop online: Lands’ End, and LL Bean sizes fit my body perfectly and consistently, not having to re-size from brand-to-brand as I would in a store, the colors stay true to matching each other year after year and they fit real bodies.

        However, watching for the emailed alerts from the above-named outlets and their 30% to 50% off sales (sometimes even better on “one-item-only” sales) and free shipping it is possible to shop at those business and dress extremely well, as well as our City Mouse Cousins, if we’re Country Mice, even in the ‘boonies….

  4. Anthony says:

    I don’t know, I thought the movie was great!

  5. Tammy says:

    I agree with Anthony. My daughter (age 7), her friend (age 8), his mom, our neighbor, her son (age 16) and I (age 46) just saw this movie and we all absolutely L-O-V-E-D it! Sometimes way too much thought goes into a movie review and spoils the purpose of the movie which is to just enjoy it!

    • Joe says:

      Tammy — thanks for reading and commenting! I totally agree with you and try to judge each movie on its individual merits. This one just didn’t work (for me) but if the film was something you and your group enjoyed that’s great!
      I hope you’ll keep coming back to see if we agree on something 🙂
      ~J

  6. I was looking forward to this one, based alone on the trailer. Good review, although I hope (as with most films) I do like it.

    • Joe says:

      Hey – thanks for reading (and watching things!)
      I hope you DO like it…even though I wasn’t too hot on it I wouldn’t begrudge anyone that did enjoy it.

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