Bomb Squad | The Odd Life of Timothy Green
A magical plant-boy sprouts up on VOD.
It’s just what your kid wanted for the holidays: a movie about two parents (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) explaining to an adoption agent (Shohreh Aghdashloo) why they should be entrusted with a new child. Their main qualification, they tell her, is that they just spent a season raising a magical plant-boy. In flashback, we watch as the infertile couple write down everything they would have wanted in their offspring, burying these slips of paper in the yard (like you do). After a storm, up sprouts Timothy (CJ Adams), a budding glad-hander with leaves on his legs. Over the ensuing weeks, he improves the lives of the suspiciously unquestioning townsfolk, even devising the product that saves the local pencil factory. But as his leaves start to fall off…
Based on an original story by Ahmet Zappa (son of Frank), this creepy, decidedly anti-magical attempt at Capra-corn seems almost pathological in its idealization of the title character. Is the moral that all parents secretly wish their kids were as flawless, patient and kind as Timothy? If that’s the message you want to send your child, Odd Life of Timothy Green might be enchanting. (Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray Tue 4.)