“Tully” – Sometimes Funny, Sometimes Painful Ode to Motherhood

Marlo is a New York suburbanite who’s about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving and works hard, but remains clueless about the demands that motherhood puts on his wife. When the baby is born, Marlo’s wealthy brother hires a nighttime nanny named Tully to help his sister handle the workload. Hesitant at first, Marlo soon learns to appreciate all that Tully does — forming a special bond with her new, lifesaving friend.

TullyA 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).

This movie was moving in that it brought back the memories of my early mothering experiences of exhaustion. I too hired a night nurse for my second child; albeit she did not in any way resemble the night nurse, Tully, in the movie.

My guest, Taylor, a single father, also could recall the level of exhaustion and thoughts portrayed in the movie. His take on the movie, however, was different than mine. In the end, he thought that maybe Tully was an “alter ego” of sorts for Marlo. Tully is definitely thought-provoking and will raise questions, bring forth memories and for most, I believe, remind you of the strength it takes to parent, especially the early days of a new baby, be it your first or one of the next. You will definitely laugh and sometimes you may cry, but in the end it’s all part of parenthood.

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Genre:  Drama/Comedy

Directed by: Jason Reitman

Written by: Diablo Cody

Actors: Charlize Theron, Mark Duplass, Mackenzie Davis

Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Rating:  Rated R (for language and some sexuality/nudity)


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Chris is a native San Diegan who has had business ties to Coronado from when the bridge still had a toll. She vowed to herself one day she would make the island her home. Chris has been an entrepreneur for over two decades as a business owner and business/life strategist and coach. Her work has been seen in magazines, blogs, The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com