- 14 May 18
Charlize Theron is incredible in unique exploration of motherhood.
Writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman combine forces yet again, rounding out their unofficial trilogy exploring the lives of women. While Juno tackled a teenage girl facing womanhood, and Young Adult examined the narcissistic mindset of a stunted thirty-something, Tully explores the messy, overwhelming nature of motherhood.
Charlize Theron is remarkable as Marlo, a mother of two young children and a new baby, Mia. Marlo isn’t the usual type of mother represented onscreen; she’s neither a halo-shining image of maternal goodness (any Jennifer Garner role) nor the strikingly beautiful “average” mom who complains just enough to be endearing (hello Leslie Mann). Marlo is exhausted and angry, emotional and raw. Her useless husband (Ron Livingston) escapes on business trips, while Marlo, still carrying her baby weight, feels out of control and imprisoned by both her life and body.
Until Tully arrives. Tully, played by the fantastic Mackenzie Davis, is a night nanny, whose job it is to ensure Marlo gets some actual sleep. Wise, empathetic and sexy, the 26-year-old is not just a balm in Marlo’s chaotic life, but a reminder of how confident and free Marlo herself used to be.