Comedy


Tully


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
96 mins
Stars:
Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston
Director:
Jason Reitman
Producer:
Diablo Cody, A.J. Dix, Helen Estabrook, Aaron L. Gilbert, Beth Kono, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman, Charlize Theron

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
3
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


television show depicts sexual content in background infrequently; references to characters having sex; a non-graphic or explicit sexual encounter between two main characters

Language


"f***" throughout; "sh**"; god/omg; slang for male and female genitalia

Violence


a car accident - nothing bloody or graphic, but startling

Drugs


occasions of social wine drinking; two characters get very drunk together; character is seen drinking alone at abar

Nudity


some images of bare breasts (in context of maternity)

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.


Movie Message

Just over ten years ago, Diablo Cody wrote (and won an Academy Award for) a quirky little independent film we all now know and love called Juno (2007). Yes, ten years of life, and with it, the writer of any film is subject to change their worldview. It began gradually in 2011 with her underrated Young Adult, where quirkiness subsides into the weak outside layer of the film, just before a darker, more funny/painful look into the realities of life.



Teaming up with director Jason Reitman once again, Tully brings Cody's signature agony into the comedic light, taking on motherhood and it's many, many trials. One aspect of the film's screenplay that works so well is that it begins with characters who talk about Marlo (Charlize Theron), the protagonist, about how she is and what she has lost, while Theron is put up to the challenge of acting out this pain through the physicality of her performance.



The real scene stealer, however, is Mackenzie Davis, who plays the night-nanny Tully. More than taking care of Marlo's newborn baby by night, Tully is further there to return Marlo's wholeness to herself. It does not go without pain and splitting humor that Marlo has lost herself in maternity, and in the course of the film, audiences are encouraged to consider what being a mother really takes - and what it takes from you, sometimes.



This is a great film to empathize with and discuss with others, although it does not meet Dove criteria for approval.

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