DIRECTOR: Jason Reitman (juno, up in the air, young adult)
STARRING: charlize theron, mackenzie davis, ron livingston, and mark duplass
REVIEWER: emily carter
Marlo is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving and works hard, but remains clueless about the demands that motherhood puts on his wife. When the baby is born, Marlo's wealthy brother hires a nighttime nanny named Tully to help his sister handle the workload. Hesitant at first, Marlo soon learns to appreciate all that Tully does -- forming a special bond with her new, lifesaving friend.
Read a synopsis and you'll be led down the garden path. Do yourself a favour and read a review to see what you're really getting into.
Count Tully as a comedy (like the official synopsis would tell you) and you are bound to be caught off-guard, just like I was. You expect laughs and instead you discover the gritty and often sad story of Marlo and Tully. So... this is me preparing you for what Tully really is. Buckle up.
We're introduced to Marlo, a heavily pregnant, tired mum of two school children. She's going through the motions of trouble at school, her gorgeous son's behaviour that has her stumped and frustrated after doctors continue to turn her away, an overworked husband as well as carrying a brand new baby that is bound to bring a whole raft of fresh challenges. Marlo is more than exhausted. She's flat, a touch complacent - but never about her children. Despite watching her mind and body struggle, she undoubtedly loves her children and husband.
He brother suggests a "night nurse" for after the baby is born. It sounds too good to be true, almost mythical. She will come at night time and take care of everything so Marlo can simply rest. And so, Tully knocks at the door. An angel in disguise as a young, relaxed and carefree woman - and Marlo's life changes.
Charlize Theron plays Marlo and brings the raw grit required for the role. Mackenzie Davis captures that soft relaxed character of Tully that has you happily exhaling just like Marlo when she hears that knock on the door.
Don't get me wrong - you will get a couple of relatable chuckles from Tully but overall it's a serious and revealing insight into the trying side of motherhood. Disclaimer: I'm not a mum - but wow, this film really shows the audience the respect and care all mothers deserve to have.
Even if all the film does is make you text that hardworking mum you know, it's a success - but I'm pretty sure you'll get more from it than that. All I can say is, just don't expect a comedy.