A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Series-inspired TV movie is great fun for families.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 109 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 24 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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."


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byGoodSSJ July 9, 2011

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

I Love This Movie Based On A Great TV Show
Teen, 15 years old Written byElla the Pikakid March 9, 2020

IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's just too sad!
I liked the cartoon more!
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan Does “eth... May 31, 2015

Worst movie ever

I saw it and it was very stupid! It's crazy! Why couldn't have Timmy just grow up and stay as an adult. When you grow up, you have to act like you are... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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