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.
A 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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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)