+ Recommended – R, Comedy, Drama
I honestly wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to enjoy this movie. I didn’t actually know that much about the concept going in, which is a rarity these days considering that the trailers usually show most of the plot points. From the previews that I had seen, I knew that this movie was about a mom struggling with postpartum depression after the birth of her third child. That’s really all you need to know, but is it a good movie?
Yes. I can recommend Tully to you without a second thought. The duo that is Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis are side achingly entertaining. This film has an hour and 36 minute run time, but I felt like I was in my seat for 30 minutes at most. Now, I will warn you that if you are on the fence about whether or not you want to have children, this movie will tell you that you definitely don’t. We follow Marlo (Charlize Theron) in the days right before and after she gives birth for a third time. Her brother urges her to call a night nanny that he highly recommends because he is worried that she is fading away.
Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is the night nanny. She tells Marlo that she is not only there to help with the baby but to help Marlo get back to herself. What follows is Marlo’s journey to finding a way back to herself. The twist in this movie is amazing. I had no idea it was coming and it even caught Jared off guard. I will leave it at: this movie is not what you think it is. It’s better.
We spend most of Tully focused inside the familys’ home. Marlo and her husband (Ron Livingston) each have their own roles when it comes to taking care of their two older kids, but they both seem woefully unprepared for their third addition. Instead of talking about the fact that she needs help, Marlo tries to shoulder it all. While she is on maternity leave, we see her going to meetings with her children’s principal and driving the kids to school. Her two children, Sarah (Lia Frankland) and Jonah (Asher Miles Fallica), are very different from each other. Sarah seems pretty self-sufficient, really only needing her family to help out with her math homework. Jonah on the other hand is trying to deal with some form of disability and the adult in his life don’t seem like they are able to come up with a way to help him or even openly talk about what is wrong.
Tully is definitely a movie that needs to be seen. Especially coming up on Mother’s Day. If you’ve ever wondered what your life would look like from the viewpoint of your mom, this movie will give you that with no holds barred.