Wow. That’s all I can say right now. I’m writing this first bit right after I’ve just seen an advanced screening of Tully and I’m emotionally shook. I really feel like I just watched part of my life on screen. Charlize Theron killed it as a worn down, tired, overworked mom. Even her eyes looked tired and just 1000% done. She is an amazing actress and I applaud her so much for this role.
Now that I am home from my Tully trip and ready to write my full review, I am more calm and still in love. I am sure by now you have read plenty of spoilers on the movie. I won’t give any of those though. I don’t like doing that to my readers. I do want to say to take whatever you have read with a grain of salt and witness the movie for yourself. It’s beautiful, funny, and sad in the way that Diablo Cody’s movies always seem to be. I think this is her best one yet. And I am a pretty harsh critic of movies that say they depict real life. I found myself laughing so much during this movie because I’ve been there. I know that struggle. I have worn dirty clothes for days at a time, been covered in spit up, not slept for days, and still had to show up at school plays and teacher meeting and Boy Scouts for my older boy. Having kids in a range of ages is fun but no one talks about how hard it can be. How hard raising children is period. Everyone makes jokes about kids but this movie really cuts to the quick with realism. Charlize Theron’s character Marlo is all moms. She has three now and its not a bed of roses. Its a bed of thorns and pee. And you have to live with it because thats life. Add in a husband who travels, who is there but not as much as he could be, a brand new baby, and a son who has difficulties and you have her life. The whole premise of the movie is set on how much stuff is going on with her and I love that they do not hold back.
Go see it. You will laugh. You will nod your head a bunch like me too, me too. And you will cry. I won’t sugarcoat it. You will cry. I cried so much but I felt like they were cathartic tears? Like I didn’t walk out feeling sad. I felt happy and grateful that Tully is a movie that exists. I am grateful that I got to sit in the movie theater with a ton of other moms and laugh at scenes that made me cry when they happened to me in real life because someone is finally showing them on the screen. And they are funny when you look back on them. You know once your children start sleeping a little bit and you take a few showers and eat something other than take out for more than a week.
Story: A new comedy from Academy Award®-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
Director: Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air,” “Young Adult”)
Writer: Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”)
Cast: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston
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