Apr 23, 18 Tully

I have 5 double passes for the preview screening of TULLY, 6:30pm, Tuesday 8 May, at Palace Barracks Cinemas

For your chance to win a double pass, answer the question below:

“What do you think is the best thing about being a parent?”

Put your answer on Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #Tully, tagging @reviewbrisbane), Facebook, or below!

In Cinemas MAY 10
But see it first, at the preview screening!


When Marlo (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) she is hesitant to the extravagance at first, but soon comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis, BLADE RUNNER 2049).

Academy Award® nominated director Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR, JUNO) and Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JUNO) reunite for this brilliant and refreshingly modern new comedy-drama, in cinemas nationally May 10.

Thanks to Studiocanal



The film TULLY,  once its layers get peeled away, brings forwards Cody’s refreshing take on modern-day maternity (in a film that carries her stamp more than Reitman’s). It is neither blandly conventional (far from it), nor a Juno for adults – though Tully is infused with Juno’s infectious wit. This very welcome creative reunion of the Young Adult trio is a winning combination right from the start, especially when the story morphs into something out of a fairy tale once Marlo’s happily married, well-off brother (Duplass) decides to give her the gift of a nighttime nanny. Having watched a nicely stitched montage of Marlo’s hectic days and sleepless nights, we find ourselves on her brother’s side almost immediately.


Enter Tully (a smiling, overeager Davis, perfectly cast), the competent and knowledgeable (on any topic) nighttime helper. You could perceive her as a contemporary Mary Poppins, who can fix things with the snap of her fingers. Or perhaps liken her to Pulp Fiction’s Mr. Wolf, in charge of cleaning up daily domestic crime scenes created by raucous kids.


With fluid, wise dialogue and tender female-bonding scenes as comfortable to slip into as cozy loungewear, Cody gradually builds a heartwarming relationship between Marlo and Tully, making memorable screen heroes out of everyday women. This often laugh-out-loud-funny film generously puts itself in service of all mothers shamed by society for seeking help or wanting to preserve a bit of their former selves. “You don’t have to do it all by yourself,” the film reminds. Tully’s surprising finale may be gentler than Marlo has earned throughout the film, but its simple, common-sense message remains quietly radical. This collaboration between Reitman and Cody is bound to make mothers everywhere feel a little less alone.

1 Comment

  1. Anne B /

    Watching your children grow into self sufficient, functioning members of society is the greatest part of being a parent. The hard work brings rewards.

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