Maybe it seemed like a great idea to release The Front Runner during the mid-term elections. What better time to tell a story about squandered political promise? Those in charge probably didn’t think about the nonstop political ads we’ve been force-fed lately or the fact that some people will want to crawl into a hole and live there after November 6th. Well, push that political-malaise aside and remember that Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart. We love that guy so much, we even forgave his version of P.T. Barnum. The Front Runner is also from Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Tully), so he’s bound to do something twisty and revealing with the story, right? Well, it won’t matter either way if you see The Front Runner EARLY and FOR FREE! Continue reading →
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 →
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 →