"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" **
RATED PG (mild thematic elements and brief language)
DIRECTOR: Peter Hedges
CAST: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is an achingly sweet parent-and-child tearjerker that's every bit as precious as its title.
But it's an oddly emotion-free fantasy, a film that strains to find the magic, joy and heartbreak in a story manufactured with those traits in mind.
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play the Greens, a small-town couple who long to have a child of their own. They've hit the end of the road, medically, for accomplishing that. In tears, Cindy Green declares, "We're moving on." And husband Jim takes that one step further. They'll write the baby-they-never-had's traits on slips of paper.
A good-hearted child, a "glass half-full" sort of kid. "Honest to a fault."
Musical? "Definitely! Our kid will rock!"