“Tully” Isn’t All That

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Tully is a film about postpartum depression from Juno scribe and director Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman.

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Marlo(Charlize Theron) is an overstressed new mom with two children (Lia Frankland, Asher Milles Fallica) and a disaffected husband (Ron Livingston). Her life improves when her brother (Mark Duplass) hires a “night nanny” Tully (Mackenzie Davis) for her.

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Marlo’s and Tully’s relationship that moves from caregiver to friend to valued confidant is the emotional core of the movie. The whole thing is a blessing, recovery, and with the movie’s surprise ending, ultimately a cheat on Marlo. Instead of becoming a light comedy about a mom’s reintegration to the world again, Tully becomes Juno the tragedy.

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Tully wants to go deeper. It treats the idea of comedy itself as an illusion. All this bounding, spiritual patter and glow, is just a symptom of a disease not reality. Reality is hard, hard earned and doesn’t suffer happy times delusions easily.

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Tully is a cheat from a writer and director that think they know better.

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