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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. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See Charlize Theron in “Tully” EARLY & FOR FREE

My kids are a little older and I occasionally see things that make me grateful for that.
Just today, I was enjoying a quiet walk by the lake when I came across a Mom who was screaming at four kids, all around three-years-old. She was furious and exhausted but, not matter what she said, those little monsters kept riding their trikes through the mud. A block past her was another Mom, who was trying to leave the park while her tiny daughter threw an impressive fit, flat on her back. I saw a woman at the mall an hour later, who’s pregnant belly was so big, it looked like she could burst and go flying around the Food Court, like a popped balloon.
The trailer for Tully also makes me so SO grateful that my kids are older.
Charlize Theron plays a Mom who’s just trying to get through those difficult early-years because…well, they can be kind of awful. Her brother surprises her with a night-nurse named Tully, who helps ease her around the tough spots. Yes, it’s a simple plot that doesn’t sound that intriguing, but watch the trailer below. If you can get through it without tearing up, then maybe your new-Mommy years were much easier than mine. If, on the other hand, it resonates with you the way it did with me, Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Ricki and the Flash” Gives Meryl Streep Her Biggest Challenge Yet

Ricki and The Flash is written by Diablo Cody, directed by Jonathan Demme and it stars Meryl Streep. You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger pedigree but unfortunately, the sum of this film doesn’t equal its parts.

Ricki was rock star who left a family behind to pursue her music. Now her career has stalled and her grown children are scarred from their abandonment. Ricki is summoned home when her daughter suffers a major loss but must mend fences before she can be of any help. It’s clear early on where the movie will go from here.

I hate to say it but we might have found the ONE role Meryl Streep can’t easily slip into. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIES PASSES: Meryl Streep Gets Sexy in “Ricki & The Flash”

I’ve been scratching my head ever since I saw the Ricki and The Flash movie poster. Meryl Streep as an aging rock star? Seriously? Then again, she looks incredible in that get-up and I LOVE it when she plays sexy. It’s also directed by Jonathan Demme and has a screenplay written by our favorite former-stripper, Diablo Cody. If that isn’t enough, Meryl is joined onscreen by her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, who plays her daughter of course. The cast also includes Rick Springfield (who has been CRAZY CREEPY on True Detective this season) and Kevin Kline so we HAVE to see it, right? Even better, I have free passes for a screening on August 4th at the Angelika in Dallas! Click HERE for those, then watch the trailer below and get all excited about seeing it!