7:30 PM, 26th July, 2018
The writing-directing team of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman has given us the accelerated adulthood of Juno and the arrested adolescence of Young Adult, and they've now reunited to produce another look at maturity and saying farewell to youth with Tully.
New third-time-mum Marlo (Theron, also returning to the team after her star turn in Young Adult) is struggling with the balancing act of young kids, a baby, housework, meal preparation, and school demands. When her obviously wealthier brother Craig (Duplass) offers to pay for a night nanny to assist, Marlo and her husband Drew (Livingston) are initially reluctant, but eventually succumb to the relief offered by perky, charismatic and knowledgeable Tully (Davis).
This is quite simply one of the most magnificent films of the year. It has probably been released too early for Theron to have a realistic shot at an Oscar, but her performance is definitely deserving – it’s one of those where you forget the actor and fully engage with the character. And I have parent friends who say it is the most accurate depiction of motherhood they have ever seen on screen, so even more kudos to Cody and Reitman. Tully is a must-see for this semester!