The Odd Life of Timothy Green Review

Last week we went to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green in a special pre-screening here in Utah.

The theater was filled with all members of the adoption triad and many infertility survivors thanks to the Utah Adoption Council who put the evening together. Since my mom is in town, she went with us too. (How fun is that?! Is this what it is like to have your parents live close to you? I kinda dig it!)

As you would expect, there were tears.

There are so many situations that will validate your infertility journey. I thought they nailed it–from listening to your family/friends brag about how perfect their kids are while you are struggling/aching to being overcome with emotion that first time you hear your child call you “Mom and Dad”.

That moment in the doctor’s office? All too familiar.


They also nailed some of the comments we get as adoptive families, “I thought you were going to have one of your own“; “These kinds of kids come with so many problems” …and perhaps my favorite when scene when Timothy asks his cousins, “So you guys grew in your mom’s tummy, how does that work?” I died. I loved the responses to each of these hurtful/ignorant comments. Way to go Cindy Green!

I am not one who can handle watching adoption on the screen–it gives me anxiety. We don’t watch any TV shows with an adoption story line (Parenthood, Modern Family, Glee, etc.), but I did like the adoption undertones in this movie; it’s not an overt theme …at least it wasn’t for me.

I do think you will love it and I think your family will love it as well. (We took our kids with us.)

It opens today!

Go see it and let me know what you think!




  1. says

    This looks good! I saw a preview a few months ago and it gave me chills. I’m excited to see it, and happy to know it’s family friendly!

    I am more sensitive to other moms complaining about pregnancy or their children than I am about bragging. Negativity about childbearing and child rearing gets to me.

    • Lindsey says

      That preview is so good. Really got me the first time I saw it too! The whole movie had that feel …there were LOTS of tears! LOL

  2. Elise says

    I went and saw it the night it opened with my friend Kate. There were many tears shed! I really liked it right up until the end. I think they could have wrapped it up a little different but other than that I really liked the overall message and presentation. I could totally sympathize with the Greens, especially the part where she is crying in the empty nursery and the part where she says “We could get a puppy. I don’t want a puppy!” Anyway, I would still recommend people see it and support Disney for putting out a movie addressing different ways families come together.