Film is art.
THIS FILM is not.
THIS FILM is anti-art.
This film, the Odd Life of Timothy Green, is . . . sad. Not sad because of the emotions in the story, no, that would be decent. That would be redeemable. What makes this movie sad is how incredibly "quirky" it is. How it claims to be so fun and nice and cutesy. This movie is fraudulent.
Okay, so these two parents who always finish each other's sentences want to adopt a child. And they finish each other's sentences ALMOST EVERY LINE. When the people at the adoption center ask why they didn't put anything down for why the two are qualified, they reply with, and I am NOT KIDDING: "There was too much to put down." Really. An excuse that didn't work when you were 6 years old, these 2 adults find perfectly acceptable to use when adopting a child. They say they would rather tell the story of how they are qualified, and the people accept.
After being told that the wife is unable to become pregnant, the two decide to make a box and fill it with slips of paper on which they wrote characteristics of their perfect child. Uh, why didn't they adopt then? Or go to an orphanage? But then they decide to bury the box in the backyard, and later that creature sprouts out of the ground. And when that child comes into their house and tells the couple that he is their perfect child, and they decide to take care of him. BUT THEY DON'T KNOW IF HE REALLY SPROUTED OUT OF THE GROUND. Some kid just came into their house and said he was theirs. So, they were willing to kidnap someone's child.
Timothy then goes on many adventures being the most perfect thing ever created, such as designing a leaf pencil (uh, okay?), making a portrait of some lady, and kicking a girl in the face. Oh, did I forget to mention? There is this girl he likes who finds out he has a sprout in his leg, and in return, he KICKS HER IN THE FACE. But later, it turns out she likes him because she has a birthmark. Yeah, being a freak of nature and having a birthmark are really not that different from each other. Oh, and his parents, even though they have no reason to not like this girl, try and make sure that Timothy stays away from her.
The wife also happens to have an awful sister, and the husband doesn't like his dad, so he tries to make sure that Timothy hates his grandfather so he doesn't feel so insecure about his relationship.
But Timothy gets to the point where he must go back, and, well, he goes. Now after having told their story, the adoption center takes them into consideration for adopting a child. Now, if I were one of the people at the adoption center I would try and personally make sure that those two lovers were taken to a mental hospital where they would not be a threat to themselves or others, but since this is the happy, quirky world, the two get a child of their own.
Now I know I'm sounding a bit harsh, but the part that gets me angry is the awful, AWFUL parenting and how amazing Timothy is.
These are awful parents. Out of everything they put Timothy through throughout this movie, not once do they ever ask HIM if he wants to do it. NOT ONCE do they consider if Timothy wants to do these things. They convey the message to him that what he wants does not matter, and that he must always impress him. Sure, they may say he doesn't have to, but actions can say otherwise.
The thing with role models is that not all kids like role models. They may just view them as people that they are not as good as, and Timothy is the worst because he is the best. He is the most kind, caring, compassionate kid ever who is absolutely perfect at every single thing he does. He has no flaws, and every kid deep down knows that they have flaws, and those kids who don't like role models they will see themselves as a person who is just plain not as good as this boy and that their parents would want Timothy over them. I dunno, maybe it's just me.