Charlize Theron

MOVIE REVIEW: Charlize Theron in “Tully” (Why We Need MOM FRIENDS)

One thing kept going through my mind while watching Charlize Theron play an exhausted mother in Tully: Where are her Mom Friends?
Theron plays “Marlo,” who has two small children and one baby who simply won’t let her sleep. Though her husband (Ron Livingston) helps a little, the tedium of a newborn and endless nights have led her to a breaking point. In steps her wealthy brother (Mark Duplass), who offers some relief in the form of a night-nurse, “Tully.”
I could’ve used a Tully, but honestly, nothing brings sanity to those loud, sleepless baby-years like your MOM FRIENDS.
I didn’t have Mom Friends when I had my first baby and the walls started to close in on me. I couldn’t revel in the Joys of Parenting because I was too busy worrying about my child’s “important milestones” or trying to piece together a few consecutive hours of sleep. I felt like a failure, on so many levels, until I met another Mom while taking my baby on a stroller-walk. We talked about “crying it out,” and “teething,” and all the other things you can’t talk to normal people about. That one conversation gave me such relief, and our stroller walks continued daily until we picked up more Moms and more babies. Before long, we were like a Coven of Neighborhood Mothers, leaning on and assuring each other that we were doing a good job and that everything was going to be alright.
I don’t know what I would have done without those women and I wished so badly, as I watched Charlize Theron’s bone-weary “Marlo,” that she had some Mom Friends of her own.
Tully is a wonderful movie, but it will speak loudest to Moms who struggled through the baby years, like me. It also takes surprising turns, which had people at my screening gasping and audibly uttering “What the…!”
Tully comes back to a place that most of us will understand though, especially if you ever spent all night nursing, or had to drive anywhere with a screaming baby in the backseat. Tully reminds us that Moms are doing better than they think, and that the monotony of Motherhood might be the exact calming sameness that our kids need. But every now and then, a Mom needs to break out of that cycle. She needs to be something other than a “Mom” for a while, and get back in touch with the WOMAN she was before she had kids. And if she has some solid Mom Friends, she won’t need a Tully to do it. (A)
Tully is rated R. It opens nationwide May 4th and tickets can be found HERE.


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