‘Tully’ Review: Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman Deliver a Funny Modern Fairy Tale About the Misery of Motherhood — Sundance 2018

IndieWire | 1/26/2018 | Staff
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A very different kind of adult fairy tale (one that frequently doubles as a feature-length advertisement for tubal ligation), “Tully” is a fantasy of the highest order; it might look like an episode of “This Is Us,” but this story is every bit as magical as “The Shape of Water.” Think of it as Diablo Cody’s modern take on “Mary Poppins”: What it lacks in songs, it more than makes up for in sex scenes and Carly Rae Jepsen sing-alongs. Funnier than “Juno” and almost as ruthlessly honest as “Young Adult,” Cody’s third collaboration with director Jason Reitman is a razor-sharp movie about the trials of motherhood, and the clear and present danger of losing yourself once you start living for someone else.

We meet Marlo (a convincingly worn-out Charlize Theron) belly first, the very pregnant 40-year-old mother of two trundling down the staircase of her suburban house with a look on her fact that suggests the life growing in her stomach is the only life she has left. “I feel like an abandoned trash barge,” she admits to her affluent brother (Mark Duplass). “My body looks like a relief map for a war-torn country,” she tells someone a few months later when asked about the last time she had sex with her casually negligent husband (Ron Livingston, in a role that appropriately asks very little of him). This new baby was an accident, and not — it seems — a happy one.

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In fairness, Marlo has her hands full already. Her eight-year-old daughter is just getting to that age when kids start defaulting to self-doubt, and her son — whom it’s suggested is somewhere on the autism spectrum — is about to get kicked out of kindergarten. The face she makes when the third child finally comes out is that of...
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