Directed by Jason Reitman
Help arrives for an overwhelmed mother.
“It would be hard to think of another movie that dug into the messy, overwhelming aspects of motherhood the way this one does,” said Owen Gleiberman in Variety. Charlize Theron delivers a “heroically unglamorous” performance as Marlo, a mother of two who’s initially exhausted, angry, and very pregnant, then starts losing her mind when the newborn arrives. That’s the moment Mackenzie Davis steps in as Tully, a 26-year-old night nurse hired by Marlo’s wealthy brother, and the young ray of sunshine briefly makes everything better. But don’t expect that the writer-director team who made Juno has delivered merely an “acerbically fizzy” comedy, said Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly. This movie’s “something far richer and weirder, and ultimately more interesting.” Tully is such a perfect helper—cleaning the house, restoring Marlo’s sense of self, and even resparking Marlo’s sex life with her aloof husband—that “it isn’t long before we realize that the film might actually be flirting with the supernatural,” said David Ehrlich in IndieWire.com. The third act’s big twist “lands far too softly.” That said, “it’s a small price to pay for the pleasure of getting there.”