Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron stars in a new comedy-drama called TULLY about a married woman having her third child at the age of 40. She’s great in the part, but, unfortunately, the movie itself doesn’t have the strong ending it deserves. Theron gained 50 pounds to play the role of this harried mother whose third child was unplanned. Her struggles with depression, fatigue and chaos after the baby is born are the most realistic depiction of new motherhood I’ve ever seen in a movie.
Theron plays Marlo, the stressed out mother who sinks so low she’s barely able to function. And her workaholic husband isn’t much help.
Husband: Frozen pizza. Awesome.
She already has two kids that need more attention than she can give.
Daughter: Mom, what’s wrong with your body?
Her rich brother offers to hire a night nanny, but she resists until all the stress overwhelms her.
That’s when Tully, a 26 year old woman played by Mackenzie Davis, appears wide eyed at her front door to be her nanny.
Tully: Hello, I’m Tully. I’m hear to take care of you.
Marlo: I’m just not used to people doing things for me.
Tully is almost too good to be true. She is super helpful and the two become good friends.
Tully: You seem like a great mom.
Marlo: Great moms organize class parties and casino night. They bake cupcakes that look like minions. All the things I’m too tired to do. Even getting dressed just feels exhausting.
Marlo advises Tully to enjoy her twenties while she can.
Marlo: Your twenties are great but then your thirties come around the corner like a garbage truck at 5am.
Tully: Girls heal.
Marlo: No, we don’t. We might look like we’re all better but if you look close, we’re covered in concealer.
Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Ivan Reitman, this movie goes off the rails in its final section. It seems the filmmakers just didn’t know how to end this otherwise compelling film.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org