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Charlize Theron is a bright spot in ‘Tully’

August 30, 2018

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Tully,” which is rated R and available on DVD.

Charlize Theron brings her acting talents to the role of an exhausted mother in “Tully.” Theron stars as Marlo, who is expecting a baby as the movie begins and has a young daughter and a younger son.

Marlo’s son is described as “quirky” by the principal at his school who tells Marlo that he will need an aide. Eventually, the principal recommends that Marlo and her husband, Drew (Ron Livingston) take their son to another school.

When the baby arrives, Marlo becomes more and more exhausted and wishes that she had taken her brother Craig (Mark Duplass) up on his offer to pay for a night nanny to help her. When Tully (Mackenzie Davis) shows up one evening for night nanny duties, Marlo makes sure that she is good with the baby and then joins her husband for some rest.

Marlo describes Tully as a “free spirit” in the film and the younger woman is smart and kind and caring. Yet, something doesn’t seem quite right. It would be unfair to give anything else away about “Tully” since the movie offers a big twist at the end. Since the “surprise” twist didn’t really catch me off guard, I was not overly impressed with the ending.

“Tully” offers a good acting performance from Theron and I am sure ardent fans of the Oscar-winning actress will want to see the movie. The film held my attention, but is a movie that falls into the OK category in my mind as I neither loved nor hated it.

I think the movie placed some subtle clues about the twist ending. However, I think it can be dangerous to a movie’s success to have a surprise as it wraps up since a lot will depend on how impressive that surprise ending is to each viewer.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.

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