When it’s over, this is a solid family film. It will certainly strike a strong cord with families who are looking to adopt children. It has meaningful messages, which children and adults can relate to, such as honesty, friendship, family, and making mistakes. Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) are desperately trying to start a family, but when they are told they biologically cannot, the couple dreams about what their child would be like. One stormy night brings 10 year old Timothy (CJ Adams) into the Green’s life. The magic of this film lies in Adams’s performance. Adams captures Timothy’s innocence and bravery with the utmost charm and sincerity. Also, I like how the film comments on competitive parenting, when parents strive to get their children to out shine other children, which happens so often in real life and seldom featured in films. The film has serious undertones about parenting and peer pressure, but they are delivered in a way that is lighthearted, which allows younger audiences to connect more easily with the story and its characters. Inspirational. Moving. A lot of fun.
My rating: 4 out of 5