A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner



Series-inspired TV movie is great fun for families.
  • Review Date: July 6, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some feel-good lessons about being responsible and willing to help others.

Positive messages

Viewers see a man learn to take responsibility for himself and be more receptive to others'  needs. The content also reminds viewers that there are some disadvantages to always getting what you want and that helping others has rewards, too. A romantic relationship evolves out of a friendship in a sweet, mutually respectful way. On the downside, in one scene, a man bribes his friends to help by promising to fix them up with "hot" girls if they cooperate, and there are a few instances of bathroom humor like burping, pooping, and farting.

Positive role models

When given the proper impetus, Timmy is receptive to the idea of change and comes to see the advantages of being a responsible adult. Tootie sets a good example for him, always taking the moral high ground and acting on others' behalf.

Violence & scariness

Live-action characters fall victim to cartoon-style mishaps like falling out of a tree or wrecking a motorcycle, but no injury results from the incidents. In one scene, both the CGI characters and a human one are electrocuted, though the damage is brief.

Sexy stuff

The story centers on a budding relationship between two young adults, so there's some flirting and one kiss, all of which is measured on Timmy’s "Love Meter." In one instance, male characters refer to girls as "hot."

Not applicable

The movie was inspired by one of Nickelodeon's most successful cartoons, so if your kids don't tune in already, they might want to after seeing this special.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly TV movie based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon blends cross-generational comedy with feel-good messages about responsibility and caring for others. The movie's mixture of CG animation and live action may be hard for the cartoon's young fans to adapt to, but the stellar cast and clever storyline will win them over. The movie's content is fine for kids, and its characters actually model some appealing behavior in a sweet teen romance as well as in a man's willingness to make positive changes in his life. Be prepared for some potty humor (farting, diarrhea, etc.) that's sure to please the kids, as well as the obvious embedded promotion of the original cartoon, if your kids aren't already fans.

What's the story?

A FAIRLY ODD MOVIE: GROW UP, TIMMY TURNER! is a live-action and CG-animated TV movie that centers on a now 23-year-old Timmy (Drake Bell) as he does his best to resist nature's efforts to make him grow up. With the help of his fairy godparents, Cosmo (voiced by Daran Norris) and Wanda (Susanne Blakeslee), Timmy has managed to maintain his 10-year-old existence, much to the chagrin of his parents and his suspicious fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Crocker (David Lewis). But when his former classmate, Tootie (Daniella Monet), returns to town and steals Timmy's heart, he's forced to choose between his wish-granting godparents and the appeal of life as a grown-up with Tootie ... that is, if he can save them all from the greedy grasp of oil tycoon Hugh J. Magnate, Jr. (Steven Weber) and his accomplice, Mr. Crocker.

Is it any good?


Nickelodeon commemorates the 10th anniversary of its popular series, The Fairly OddParents, with this family-geared movie that brings fans' favorite characters to life in a truly appealing way. The combination of live-action and CGI, punctuated by the hilarious crossover of Wanda and Cosmo as humans (played by Cheryl Hines and Jason Alexander), is a refreshing change to the show's linear animation style, and it's so well written –- and expertly cast -– that even long-time fans won't be put off by the differences.


Happily the movie's content caters to a range of ages, which makes it a great choice for family movie night. Tootie and Timmy's relationship is innocent and sweet, and physical contact is limited to one meaningful kiss. Violence is equally minimal, and aside from some potty humor (farting, diarrhea sounds, and burping), there's little reason to worry about watching with your kids. If you do, be sure to draw their attention to the lessons Timmy learns about being responsible and using his gifts to help others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about learning lessons. What did Timmy learn in this movie? Why was he resistant to take on adult responsibilities? What changed his mind? What are the benefits of trying new things?

  • Kids: Did you like this movie's use of both live action and CG animation? How does it compare to the cartoon? Did any of the character or plot changes bother you?

  • If you could have wishes at your disposal, what would they be? How could you use them for others' benefit rather than your own? What rewards do we get from helping others?

  • Did watching this movie make you want to watch the original show? How much TV do you watch per day? Per week? What does that add up to per year?

Movie details

DVD release date:July 11, 2011
Cast:Daniella Monet, Drake Bell, Jason Alexander
Director:Savage Steve Holland
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 14 years old Written byawesome12 July 9, 2011


To me alot of the charecters and actions were inaccurate.Many kids won't notice UNLESS they watched all episodes. For example, Timmy's Fairy God Parents didn't change form when exposed to the public like birds or dogs. Or Crocker's ear was not on his neck! There are many more if you watch the whole movie! Try to spot them all!
Kid, 12 years old July 10, 2011

The Worst Movie I Have Ever Seen

If you're a little kid who only likes immature potty humor that isn't very funny, you'll like this. For everyone else, don't watch this movie if you value your life. It was awful!
Parent of a 12 year old Written byGoodSSJ July 9, 2011

Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Love This Movie Based On A Great TV Show
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism


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