The Odd Life of Timothy Green

2012 PG 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

2012 PG 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD
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When Cindy and Jim Green are told they can't have a baby, they bury a box filled with wishes for their dream child. That night, a mysterious young boy appears who brings magic to their lives -- and to the entire town of Stanleyville.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a Disney family film that uses "magical realism" to explain how an infertile couple gets to parent the kid of their (literal) dreams. As you might expect from the premise, the movie gets pretty weepy at times (for both on-screen and off-screen parents), but it will remind families about the joy of being together and being each other's biggest cheerleaders. There are a couple of sad scenes, as well as some bullying incidents and language, but otherwise this is the sort of live-action movie that kids and adults can enjoy together, even if they need a tissue or two by the end.

Sexual Content

Brief kisses between Mr. and Mrs. Green, and Timothy and Joni have a unique, incredibly close relationship that could be construed as a strong crush.


Some kids will be disturbed by the fact that Timothy magically disappears, just as he first appeared. It's an emotional, upsetting scene, and tears should be expected. A grandfather dies in front of his loved ones in a hospital. Timothy is bullied/humiliated by classmates but doesn't realize it, since he's never been in school. Joni saves Timothy from drowning at a birthday party.


Very sparing "hell" and "oh God" (as an exclamation), plus mild insults like "stupid," "loser," "freak," etc.

Social Behavior

Some sweet messages about family, parent-child relationships, and the joys of living in a small town where everyone knows each other. Timothy makes people think, isn't afraid to tell the truth when no one else will, and has no problems being different.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The Greens have lots of wine on the night they dream up all their wishes for a child.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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