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The ’90s are back with a vengeance, but some parts of the apparently beloved decade belong back in that beloved decade. Case and point: the classic ’90s magical family movie. Disney’s latest, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, plays heavily on the visual and musical cues that we children of the ’90s may recognize from films like The Santa Claus and even Hocus Pocus. The problem is that the film opens that door without fully walking through it.

The Jennifer-Garner starrer rests in a nebulous place between wacky, contemporary comedy and a nostalgic throwback. But it can’t be both. Centered on the unfortunate, reproductively-challenged couple, Jim and Cindy Green (a perfectly adequate Joel Edgerton and Garner), the film follows the duo as they give up on having kids and spend a night with a bottle of wine, writing down their won’t-be child’s perfect characteristics with a good old pencil and paper (pay attention now, because that pencil part is pretty important).

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They bury the papers in a box in Cindy’s perfectly-kept garden, and while they sleep, the box sprouts into a little boy – their little boy, only with a few leaves on his legs since he grew out of the ground, after all. This part of the story, combined with the film’s obvious affinity for the good old days as evidenced by the Greens’ home town and its dependence on a classic pencil factory, lends itself to that nostalgic feeling.

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It’s a few gratuitous and tonally dissonant moments that throw us back out of our reveries and into an uncomfortable space. Both Cindy and Jim have what should be comically horrible bosses played by Diane Wiest and Ron Livingston, respectively. But between Weist’s mind-bogglingly goofy scene in which little Timothy paints her scraggly chin-hair and all, and Livingston’s many off-colour moments – including one in which he instructs Jim to fire half the factory staff before lifting an over-sized “THE BOSS” mug to his face – are rather jarring in a film that is largely wistful.

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But it’s not totally Odd Life’s fault. Modern audiences demand these sorts of gags in their light-hearted movies. The problem is that it’s up to the filmmakers to give us what we need, not what we want. Odd Life’s story is largely melancholy throughout, as Timothy’s fate is betrayed in the first two minutes of the film. While some levity is necessary, the moments of light need only to come from the film’s main light source: the wonderful little boy at the center of the story.

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Ultimately, Timothy’s sweetness and Garner’s incomparable ability to create a lovable, albeit neurotic mother save the film and allow for an emotionally satisfying end to the family tale. There are just far too many bumps along the way.

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The story centers around a couple, Cindy and Jim Green, who desperately want a child. They try and try, but it’s not to be. Receiving a final “no” from their doctor, they go home devastated. In their grief, the two design the child they want and write down the ideal characteristics: honest to a fault, has Uncle Bob’s sense of humor, is a “glass half-full” person, etc. Then, finally ready to let go, they put all that they’ve written in a box and bury it in the garden.

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That night a storm brews. It rains and rains and rains — but only over the Green’s house. And when they awake, there is a mysterious boy in their house. He’s covered in mud and has leaves on his legs. He’s also honest to a fault, has Uncle Bob’s sense of humor, is optimistic… as strange as it seems, there’s no mistake that he’s the dream-child of Cindy and Jim. What follows is a parable of parenthood as we watch Cindy and Jim struggle to do their best with their unexpected arrival.

Usually I don’t get emotional at movies. Well, except scary movies, but that emotion’s just fear and it doesn’t last any further than a few minutes past the movie’s end. But I have a feeling this one will stick with me a while. It was sweet, and it was sad, and it was funny. And all the emotion felt real. Whether it was the awkward “what do we do?” panic of finding a mysterious child in your house, the mortification of wondering if your son’s about to do something embarrassing, or the sorrow of knowing nothing can last forever, the audience feels it right along with the characters.

The Disney touch is definitely present throughout this movie. Whether it’s an image of colorful fall leaves or rain glistening off fresh-tilled garden soil, it’s clear the Greens live in a pretty place. The house itself is an old, many-roomed home right from a fairytale. I’m in love with everything visual about this film, be it Joni’s bright outfits or the green foresty wonderland that serves as Timothy’s favorite place.

The story takes place in Stanleyville, the “Pencil Capital of the World”, where their local soccer team goes by “The Erasers.” Mrs. Green works in the Pencil Museum, telling the history of the town and its pencils. Mr. Green works in a pencil factory. There are awesome factory shots of bright yellow pencils rolling down an assembly line and of big tubs of red eraser ends. It’s a quaint town full of old houses and cookie-cutter families. Basically, I want to live there.

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