Review: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's "Tully" Is A Dreamy Love Letter To Women

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In Jason Reitman’s beautiful love letter, a fairy tale of sorts, Charlize Theron is Marlo, a mother of three, whose hesitance towards hiring a night nanny Tully (Mackenzie Davis) by her brother quickly turns into a truly heavenly experience once the aforementioned nanny is hired. Marlo and Tully form a bond that feels so touching and heavenly that it effectively works as the driving force of the whole movie. Not much happens in Tully except for conversation, this is screenwriter Diablo Cody’s ruthless, authentic love letter to women all over the world, those that have to go through all the obstacles that men don’t. The obstacles, Cody seems to indicate, should be celebrated for their uniquely feminist traits. Theron's mom-to-be is very much represented as a grounded, blue-collar kind of gal, but she makes the pain of going through the 9 months almost superhero-esque, an unusal way to portray a pregnant woman on-screen. There's a humane, almost angelic quality in the way Theron, a grand actress that is surely one of the very best of her generation, makes the agonizing feel alive and bracing. They say you have to experience to fully know what it feels, Theron, in a performance of immense honesty makes you feel every ache, every strain, of her character’s everyday struggles. This is the fiercest of feminism portrayed on-screen. [B+]