In the third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody after 2007’s Juno and 2011’s Young Adult, Tully follows Marlo (Charlize Theron) as she struggles to raise two children while expecting a third one. At the suggestion of her brother Craig (Mark Duplass), she hires a night nurse by the name of Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
What’s unique about Tully is its portrayal of parenthood, more specifically motherhood. I felt that Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Marlo was an accurate portrayal of what a mother goes through on a regular basis. The audience gets to see the more unflattering moments of motherhood as well as the good moments.
Although the movie doesn’t have much of a supporting cast, they still managed to be memorable. Mackenzie Davis does a fine job as the titular Tully even though she comes off as a mix of a Mary Poppins-esque character and the “manic pixie dream girl”. While Ron Livingston was also fine as Marlo’s husband Drew, I felt he was in the background for most of the movie.
I won’t spoil the movie, but it has a major twist in its third act. While the movie does explain the circumstances surrounding its twist, I felt it was kind of forced since it came out of nowhere. I know that the movie wanted to drive its point (i.e. the hardships of parenthood) home with its twist, but I felt it was redundant at that point of the movie.
THE FINAL VERDICT
Although the movie was carried by Charlize Theron’s performance, Tully is well-made movie about the hardships of motherhood. The movie shows both the good and bad parts of parenthood. Tully proves that Diablo Cody works best when she’s working with Jason Reitman. While it isn’t the best of their collaboration, it’s still a good movie nevertheless.