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September 9, 2019

Tully (2018) --- “From The People Who Brought You Juno And Young Adult. This Is A Story About Motherhood.”

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     Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a stressed-out and hugely pregnant mother of two who’s about to give birth to her third child. Her useless husband Drew (Ron Livingston) expects dinner on the table each night and then retreats to his video games, all while she struggles to be a good mother to her eight-year-old daughter Sarah (Lisa Frankland) and six-year-old autism-spectrum son Jonah (Asher Milles Fallica). With the arrival of an unplanned third child, Marlo reaches her breaking point and falls into a downward spiral into a world of sleepless domestic chaos. With help from her wealthy brother-in-law, young and attractive Tully (Mackenzie Davis) soon arrives on her doorstep and Marlo’s world immediately changes as Tully takes care of the baby, cleans the house, and becomes Marlo’s new best friend. But how long will this peace last? Tully can’t stay with Marlo forever.
     Directed by Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Juno) and written by Diablo Cody (Ricki and the Flash, Juno), Tully (2018) is a raw and realistic drama-comedy that dives into the hardships and struggles of being a mother and wife. Having a baby is a beautiful experience but it can also be a stressful process for any parent. The story demonstrates just how stressful and emotional it can be, especially when one is not given the chance for rest and reprieve, and also provides a nice twist that I did not expect.
     In terms of the characters, Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde) delivers one of her best performances yet. Theron gained weight in order to make the characterization to feel authentic, and by curbing her sullen mood and silky-smooth voice she brings the suffering of postpartum depression into full-force. Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate) brings vibrant energy and an optimistic outlook on life as Tully. The chemistry between Theron and Davis is the strength of the entire film. The rest of the characters are good, especially the minor performances from Mark Duplass (Goliath) and Ron Livingston (A Million Little Things).
     Overall, Tully (2018) is an entertaining, raw, and realistic film unlike any I have seen before. The story delves into the stress and struggle of dealing with postpartum depression and presents an ending that was delightfully unexpected. The characterization is solid, especially from Theron who jumped into this role to the fullest and delivered one of her best performances to date. All in all, this is a charming and insightful film that I found to be more enjoyable than expected. I highly recommend this film.

Final Vote --- 7.5 of 10 stars

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