Tully Movie Offers Realistic Look at Motherhood & Mental Illness #Tully

When Focus Features released news about the film TULLY film, I was excited and grateful because it offered a realistic view of the hardship of motherhood. But I didn't know how realistic until after I watched the film.

Note: I was invited as media to the movie screening by Focus Features. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Mackenzie Davis as Tully and Charlize Theron as Marlo star in Jason Reitman's TULLY, a Focus Features release. Credit: Kimberly French / Focus Features

Like most mothers with a newborn baby Marlo (Charlize Theron) has a lot to juggle. Nights and days of the repeated routine of feeding, changing and comforting. Add to that the needs of her other two children, one who is on the spectrum and husband, who's sorta disconnected from her.

It's A LOT. But Marlo tries to handle it all with a smile. Til she can't. And that's where the movie takes an interesting twist and introduces "Tully", a young night nanny who is there to help Marlo.

But does she? Ironically yes. And it's an interesting point of the movie. Tully come into Marlo life to help her get through a "rough" stage because she knows Marlo loves her family and wants to be a good mom and wife but at the moment can't handle everything.

Goodness it's SO touching and amazing and needed but sadly a break in Marlo's mental stability. You see Tully is an alter ego for Marlo and not real. And it's heart breaking sadly that Marlo had to make Tully.

Mackenzie Davis stars as Tully in Jason Reitman's TULLY, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Kimberly French / Focus Features

But the reality is that moms, whether new or many times over NEED help. Some more then others but ALL of us do. Raising a family takes ALOT emotionally, mentally and physically. I can testify to this!

And while TULLY has a dark surprise, overall the story and message isn't dark. Far from it. It shows how much Mothers love their families and will give ALL of themselves to be there. But we shouldn't have to. Not to the point of our mental health.

Giving a mother support and encouragement makes much a difference. And I was glad to see that Marlo received that from her husband and community in the end. I can only hope that the TULLY films helps bring needed awareness about postpartum care, mental illness and the need to be there for other mothers that's SO needed.

TULLY is playing in theaters nationwide May 4th, 2018


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).

Cast: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston

Director: Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air,” “Young Adult”)
Writer: Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”)

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