The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) Rated PG

 A couple wishes for a child, so they bury a box in the back yard and grow a one. Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dianne Wiest, David Morse.

The best thing about this film is the positive story of adoption. The movie weaves together real life struggles with the fantasy of being able to imagine into reality a perfect child. Of course, we all know there is no such thing as the perfect child. The film also acknowledges this at the end, but it fails to explain how having a perfect child can prepare one for an imperfect child. This film is not especially well-written, but I did enjoy the acting. The film’s fantastical perspective simply overshadowed the reality of a lost child and adoption, which really should have been the focus of the film. I wouldn’t watch it again, but I will concede that it is worth checking out, despite its flaws.

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