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Movie Choices for Kids, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Cold Light of Day

September 18, 2012 11:26 am
Written by: Jean Joachim

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (Approx. running time: approx. 102 minutes)Rated PG
Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

This is a delightful movie, told in flashback, about an infertile couple who want to adopt. So it's not truly a film for children but about children and learning to be a parent. The couple, Jim (Edgerton) and Cindy (Garner) are told that their situation is hopeless and to give up. They are devastated. But Jim tries to cheer Cindy up by talking about their child, if they had one, and what he would be like. They write down the characteristics and put the notes in a box. The box is buried in the garden.

During the night, there is a storm and where the box was, a little boy appears. He tells them he is their son, Timothy (CJ Adams). Jim and Cindy take him in and raise him. This is where the film picks up. The parents seem to make every mistake in the book raising Timothy, who is patient and understanding. Children will enjoy watching the parents floundering around like fish flopping on a wooden dock.

The movie becomes a fable for parents. It's charming, sweet, funny and endearing. The perspective of the child is excellent, educating all parents some pitfalls to avoid. I liked The Odd World of Timothy Green. There's no bad language, no sex and no violence...simply a sweet story about learning to be a parent. It should be fine for kids 10 and up.

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
Rated PG-13   Starring Henry Cavil, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis

Wow! This thriller is exciting, violent, confusing and fast-paced.  Will Shaw (Cavil) reluctantly joins his family on a sailboat trip off the coast of Spain. He and his father (Willis) have some issues, but his mother and brother are delighted to see him. His younger brother has brought a girlfriend along, too. A family argument over Will's attention to his failing business while on the water causes dad to rifle his son's cell phone into the drink. Will swims ashore to get another phone and some first aid supplies. When he goes to return, the boat is missing.

This begins a fabulous chase as Will finds the boat, discovers it's empty and turns to the police. Now the real chase begins. Will's family has been kidnapped. His dad shows up long enough to clue Will in on the fact that his father has been an agent with the CIA all these years.

The plot gets fairly convoluted with the appearance of a colleague of dad's and a young woman, crooked police, an Israeli anti-terrorist group and so on.

It's up to Will to rescue his family. He flees through the streets of Madrid, avoiding the people who are trying to kill him, not knowing who they really are. We don't know either who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. I liked that aspect of the film, it kept me guessing, but following some of the twists and turns became hard. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. There is violence, some bad language but no sex. The Cold Light of Day should be fine for kids age 11 and up to see with their parents.



THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (Approx. running time: approx. 102 minutes)Rated PG
Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

This is a delightful movie, told in flashback, about an infertile couple who want to adopt. So it's not truly a film for children but about children and learning to be a parent. The couple, Jim (Edgerton) and Cindy (Garner) are told that their situation is hopeless and to give up. They are devastated. But Jim tries to cheer Cindy up by talking about their child, if they had one, and what he would be like. They write down the characteristics and put the notes in a box. The box is buried in the garden.

During the night, there is a storm and where the box was, a little boy appears. He tells them he is their son, Timothy (CJ Adams). Jim and Cindy take him in and raise him. This is where the film picks up. The parents seem to make every mistake in the book raising Timothy, who is patient and understanding. Children will enjoy watching the parents floundering around like fish flopping on a wooden dock.

The movie becomes a fable for parents. It's charming, sweet, funny and endearing. The perspective of the child is excellent, educating all parents some pitfalls to avoid. I liked The Odd World of Timothy Green. There's no bad language, no sex and no violence...simply a sweet story about learning to be a parent. It should be fine for kids 10 and up.

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
Rated PG-13   Starring Henry Cavil, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis

Wow! This thriller is exciting, violent, confusing and fast-paced.  Will Shaw (Cavil) reluctantly joins his family on a sailboat trip off the coast of Spain. He and his father (Willis) have some issues, but his mother and brother are delighted to see him. His younger brother has brought a girlfriend along, too. A family argument over Will's attention to his failing business while on the water causes dad to rifle his son's cell phone into the drink. Will swims ashore to get another phone and some first aid supplies. When he goes to return, the boat is missing.

This begins a fabulous chase as Will finds the boat, discovers it's empty and turns to the police. Now the real chase begins. Will's family has been kidnapped. His dad shows up long enough to clue Will in on the fact that his father has been an agent with the CIA all these years.

The plot gets fairly convoluted with the appearance of a colleague of dad's and a young woman, crooked police, an Israeli anti-terrorist group and so on.

It's up to Will to rescue his family. He flees through the streets of Madrid, avoiding the people who are trying to kill him, not knowing who they really are. We don't know either who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. I liked that aspect of the film, it kept me guessing, but following some of the twists and turns became hard. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. There is violence, some bad language but no sex. The Cold Light of Day should be fine for kids age 11 and up to see with their parents.


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