The first official trailer has been released for Tully, from dynamic writer and director duo Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, and starring an exhausted, milk-stained Charlize Theron. The late April release promises to shine the same sardonic and brutally honest light on being a thirty-something parent that Cody and Reitman previously used to illuminate teen pregnancy and the awfulness of the directionless late-twenties in Juno and Young Adult respectively.
Theron joins mumblecore veteran Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston, and Mackenzie Davis, as an embattled mother of three who just wants some goddamn peace and quiet for god’s sake! The trailer offers enough realness that any recent parent of new children is likely to have flashbacks: the baby monitors, the spilled breast-milk, the strained evening negotiations over whether or not anyone has the wherewithal to have sex. Oy. Enter night nanny and titular Tully, a younger woman who’s there to help Theron get some winks and maybe realize some things about herself and her weepy husband (Livingston).
Beyond offering a knowing wink to the all-too-familiar droopy, house-hoodie, and rebelling body of motherhood, Tully also appears to probe the tension many parents hold between longing for the good-old-days of being young and single and enjoying the present, sometimes sucky, sometimes sublime moments of parenthood.
Writer Diablo Cody has a knack for finding the humanity in the balance between life’s shitty moments and life’s magic. Juno, for instance, struck a perfect empathetic chord as is its eponymous young heroine navigated her pariah status as a pregnant teen and a rocky, burgeoning love. Plus, Cody is funny. And if there is anything parents of young children need, it’s a sense of humor.
It’s not as if there has been a lack of “honest” parenting dramedies. Consider Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and it’s spiritual successor This is 40. That said, Tully will be the first in recent memory to bring the same laughing-and-crying treatment to the condition of motherhood. Let’s hope it’s as good as it looks.