Moms' Night Out: 'Tully' Early Screening Movie Review
Last week, I was invited to a special "Moms Night" screening of Tully by Focus Features. As a huge fan of Charlize Theron, I was so excited!
During my entertainment years, I worked on her movie Snow White and the Huntsman and was floored by her performance and beyond grateful for my opportunity to get to work on such an amazing campaign.
When I found out that the Tully team consisted of her and the creative team behind 2007’s Juno and 2011’s Young Adult as well as writer Diablo Cody and Director Jason Reitman, I knew it was going to be good! And the movie didn't disappoint!
The event kicked off with a Moms' Night Out party with appetizers, desserts, and fun drinks—including a Tully themed one!
A relatable story
Marlo (played by Charlize Theron) is a free spirit turned mama of three, struggling with that major life change as most of us mamas do.
This movie is a true and relatable depiction of new motherhood. We see Marlo, mama of two at the start of the movie, have baby #3 and it really hits her! Dealing with the expectations and life demands of being a mama of two already take a toll on her, and then she has an oopsie baby and shit gets real, fast.
We see Marlo struggle night after night with a new baby and in the day managing her two other children plus a hubby (played by Ron Livingston) who (bless his heart) works to provide for the family and means well, but gets home and is little help.
asking for help shouldn't be so hard
Her brother (played by Mark Duplass)— let's be frank, here — is the rich brother with fancy house, speedy cars, nanny, babysitter and hot wife, gifts Marlo a night nanny as her present for baby #3.
Marlo thinks long and hard if she'd like to bring another person into her life to help and bond with her baby that way... it is not a customary thing for her, as it has been for her brother's wife with her own babies.
We see glimpses of hubby playing video games before bed and sleeping soundly while Marlo is left at night caring for her new babe... completely sleep deprived, spilling milk, changing poopy diapers... day after day, night after night.
Marlo has reached her breaking point and finally decides to take the help.
tully arrives, and everything is great... for a while
Tully, the night nurse (played by Mackenzie Davis ) arrives. On her first night, Marlo not only gets her first decent night’s sleep in years, she wakes up the next morning to find the house spotless.
We are reminded in this movie just how critical it is to seek out and accept help as a new mama... being a mother is not a job that's meant to be done in isolation.
With the help, Marlo is able to manage the ups and downs of her life, and even gets to rediscover parts of herself and who she was before babies. We get to know the "young" "free-spirited" Marlo who frequented the night life scene in Brooklyn, and lived with her best girlfriend in the heart of town, where the action was.
Through these glimpses of her "past" life, we learn why it was such a struggle for Marlo to experience the extreme life and lifestyle change of motherhood.
I've openly shared my personal struggle of going from being an ambitious career-focused kid-free and spontaneous one to being a mom to two under two.
Fortunately for me, I was able to wiggle my way out from under the seemingly dark cloud that was a ceiling of sorts blocking me from professional development as a mom. I found a way to turn a passion into my new career... one that allows me to live my life the way I choose!
the struggle to find our happy
For Marlo, I think she struggles to find her happy and to accept who she is today because she misses who she was.
She is so busy and ingrained into the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities as a mama to three—including a special needs child—that she's lost sight of her why.
She doesn't even have the time to think about what she can do to get herself out of the funk.. UNTIL she accepts the help. Help is everything, mamas. Without help, there is no time to think, to self-care, to figure out what it is that can light your soul on fire.
Like any good movie, there's a twist at the end. I won't spoil it for you, but it's eye-opening to say the least!
The lesson I take from it—and it's one I champion and repeat again and again—ask for help, because you're worth it and so is your happiness.
I cannot wait for all of you to see Tully when it hits theaters on May 4th, the weekend of Happy Mom Conference. This message of the movie couldn't be more aligned with the message of HMC.
Watch the movie, then INVEST IN YOU and attend the conference. You will never regret it, because you are your best investment!
A Tully Giveaway
I'm so excited to announce that we have a special Tully Gift Basket giveaway sponsored by Focus Films!
One lucky winner will get a Tully tote bag filled with Blu-ray DVDs from Focus Films and other movie swag. Perfect for your next at-home date night!
To enter, all you need to do is:
1.) Sign up for our Happy Mail newsletter here.
2.) Answer this question in the comments below: "We love a lot about motherhood... what's the one thing that makes you want to pull your hair out?"
That's it. Good luck, mamas!