See how the mother half lives
See how the mother half lives

TULLY (12)

D: Jason Reitman

Focus Features/Right Of Way/Denver & Delilah/Bron (Aaron Gilbert, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Charlize Theron, A.J. Dix & Beth Kono)

US 2018

96 mins


W: Diablo Cody

DP: Eric Steelberg

Ed: Stefan Grube

Mus: Rob Simonsen

Charlize Theron (Marlo Moreau), Mackenzie Davis (Tully), Ron Livingston (Drew Moreau), Mark Duplass (Craig)

Tully is a comedy-drama starting Charlize Theron as Marlo Moreau, a mother of three children, struggling with a marriage that has gone rather stale as well as post-natal depression following the arrival of her newborn child. She enlists the help of Tully, an unconventional babysitter who helps Marlo not only with the children but her own self-confidence and personal esteem.

Penned by Diablo Cody, who also wrote Juno (again, directed by Jason Reitman), I actually think this is her best screenplay, with well-written characters, especially a lead who is dealing with a lot of internal conflict, and the on-screen double act of Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis works incredibly well.

The film snuck under the radar a little when it was released theatrically, making a modest return from its production budget, but Theron's performance was well-received, resulting in a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy.

Well worth a watch, which will make a connection with other mothers dealing with similar dilemmas.


Charlize Theron in Tully
Charlize Theron in Tully