Tully – Movie Review

I was recently invited to a Moms’ Night Out Event that consisted of a cocktail hour at the Culver Hoteland an advanced screening of the movie, Tully at Arclight Culver City.  I was so excited to watch this film because as soon as I saw the trailer, I knew I would love and relate to the unfiltered view into motherhood that is rarely portrayed.

Charlize Theron plays Marlo, a stay at home mom with two kids who is about to give birth to her third. Right offhand, we see an exhausted mother frustrated to figure out how she’ll adjust to life with a newborn, and continue to take on her day to day life. The repetitive shots of her long days and nights, changing diapers, nursing, making dinner and juggling two kids make it that much more relatable and touching.

Charlize Theron stars as Marlo in Jason Reitman’s TULLY, a Focus Features release.                 Credit: Focus Features

Drew, played by Ron Livingston, is Marlo’s husband who does “what he can” when he’s not away at work. But the reality is that, like most husbands, he’s unaware of his wife’s struggles and how he could actually do more for her instead of mentally checking out every night.

Marlo’s wealthy brother Craig, played by Mark Duplass, offers a night nanny as a gift to his sister who he’s worried about. At first Marlo is hesitant to accept the gift as that would imply allowing a stranger into her home but shortly after having the baby she realizes that she can’t be the mother she wants to be without asking for help.

Mark Duplass stars as Craig in Jason Reitman’s TULLY, a Focus Features release.

She welcomes Tully, played by Mackenzie Davis, to come in every night and take care of Mía, Marlo’s new baby girl. Tully is a free spirited wise young woman that somehow manages to do it all in the middle of the night, from cleaning the house to baking cupcakes. She forms a unique bond with Marlo that helps her feel “normal” and regain some of her sanity. Their bond feels so real, that as a mom you can’t help but feel happy for Marlo. Without giving anything away, I felt like every mother out there deserved a Tully of their own… that is until the end.

(l to r.) Mackenzie Davis as Tully and Charlize Theron as Marlo star in Jason Reitman’s TULLY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Kimberly French / Focus Features

Tully is brutally honest as it portrays the realities of motherhood, family life and marriage. It’s relatable to all moms no matter how many kids you have. It shows the  struggles and challenges but also the joys and hopes that come through this journey. It shows what us moms go through when we give and give without asking for help or stop to recharge.

I can’t think of any other movie that has given this insight to motherhood. The end was unexpected and immediately left me wanting to see it again.

Motherhood can be just as frustrating, exhausting, overwhelming, messy, and as lonely as this film shows and it’s good to see that we are not alone and a great reminder that we truly need a village to get through this journey.  

So mamas… grab your tribe or your hubby and go watch it in theaters! It’s the perfect excuse for a moms’ night out or a date night!

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

Tully hits theaters on Friday, May 4th.

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).

Thank you to Focus Features for inviting me to this screening. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.

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