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Film / The Odd Life of Timothy Green

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a 2012 Disney movie. It stars a couple, Cindy and Jim Green, as they tell an adoption agency the story of a strange boy. After burying a box full of their wishes for a perfect kid, they meet Timothy (CJ Adams), a boy with leaves on his legs.


  • Bittersweet Ending: Timothy disappears, but Cindy and Jim are able to get a child.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    Jim: (while Timothy is playing soccer) GO TIMMY!
    Cindy's sister: Has he been drinking!?
  • Framing Device: The entire movie is the story told to the adoption agency.
  • Hate Sink: Cindy's sister is portrayed as a complete snob who belittles Cindy at every turn and openly mocks Timothy on several occasions.
  • Here We Go Again!: Invoked by the Greens when the adoption agency's agent asks them what they will do if they get a child:
    Jim: We'll make better mistakes (than the ones we just told you about dealing with Timothy).
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  • How We Got Here: The Framing Device is the Greens talking to an adoption agency's officer some time after the events of the film have passed.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Cindy and Jim both want to be parents, but the latter is infertile.
  • Meaningful Name: Timothy Green, given that he has leaves on his legs.
  • Motifs: Pencils and leaves.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: An entire town that thrives from the local pencil factory, which has a museum, and Jim's attempt to create a new kind of pencil on the third act is a montage given the same gravitas as sending a man to the moon.
  • Pygmalion Plot: The premise of the film is about a couple who decide to create their ideal son/daughter after they are unable to conceive their own. That night their ideal "child" magically appears to them and they have to both raise him and learn how to be parents.
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  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The adoption agent doesn't seem to think that the Greens' story is too weird.


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