Movie reviews

Tully (2018)

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Tully is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. The film stars Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston, Mackenzie Davis and Mark Duplass.

The film follows Marlo, a struggling mother of two, that is pregnant with her third unplanned child. Her son Jonah has a developmental disorder that doctors are unable to diagnose. Marlo and her husband Drew visit her rich brother for dinner and he offers to pay for a night nanny as a baby shower gift, but Marlo doesn’t accept it.

Marlo gives birth to a daughter she names Mia. She becomes quickly exhausted and overwhelmed. After the principal at Jonah’s school recommends that he be placed in a different school, one for delayed children, Marlo breaks down and retrieves the information for the night nanny.

That night, Marlo is visited by Tully, the night nanny. Marlo and Tully form a close relationship and she eventually learns that Tully is not what she seems.

This film is filled with relatable mother situations from having a mentally delayed child, to pregnancy issues, to postpartum depression, to having a newborn baby. Though I have no children of my own, I have worked with them in the pass and several of cousins now have small children, so I can relate a little. But mothers will relate in ways more.

Charlize Theron was absolutely perfect for this role and she did wonderfully as Marlo. Ron Livingston as her husband Drew was great as well. Mackenzie Davis was also great as Tully. I just wish Mark Duplass, who played Marlo’s brother Craig, had had a bigger role, so I can’t say whether he did good or not, too tiny of a character.

This film has lots of heartwarming scenes, as well as angry, sad, and intense scenes. Even though Marlo has a tough time in the beginning of the film, and even for a time after Mia is born, she learns that her family is the most important thing in her life and to always put them first and show them how much she loves them. Her husband Drew learns to help his wife and stand by her their children.

Tully, at first seems like a great night nanny, but then you learn she isn’t what she seems, she is hiding a lot of things from Marlo too. You love Tully at first, then she changes into a completely different person and tries to turn Marlo into that same kind of person. Luckily, with the help of her husband, brother and her brother’s wife, she realizes that she never needed Tully to begin with. She also realizes that she is a strong, independent, hardworking and loving mother, wife and sister. She finds her place in life.

This film teaches us to put our family first and to stand by them through thick and thin. It also teaches us that no parent or child is perfect and that it is okay to make mistakes, but to always learn from them as well. Tully is truly a terrific film. 18+ 4.5/5

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