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Tallulah (2016)

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Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Manhattan housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.


Sian Heder


Sian Heder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Page ... Tallulah
Allison Janney ... Margo
Tammy Blanchard ... Carolyn
Evan Jonigkeit ... Nico
Felix Solis ... Manuel
David Zayas ... Detective Richards
Uzo Aduba ... Detective Kinnie
Fredric Lehne ... Russell
Evangeline Ellis ... Madison
Liliana Ellis ... Madison
John Benjamin Hickey ... Stephen
Zachary Quinto ... Andreas
Maddie Corman ... Vera
Eden Marryshow ... Officer Lacey
Oberon K.A. Adjepong ... Cab Driver


An intelligent but feral girl's boyfriend leaves unexpectedly causing her to search for him at his estranged mother's home. The two women begin to bond, finding supportive friendship in each other's troubled lives, changing their outlook forever. Written by Justin Goring

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Life can be a real mother


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Talula See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Juno, if the baby that Ellen Page's character was expecting were a girl she would be named Madison by the adoptive mother. Also, Allison Janney played Juno's stepmother in the same movie. See more »


Carolyn is drinking from a white cup, which strangely changes to a blue cup at 1:36:42. See more »


Detective Richards: So you make a habit of taking toddlers into protective custody?
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No Tresspassing Blues
Written by Brandon Wurtz, Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton, & Erik Lake
Performed by Jesus Sons
Courtesy of Mock Records
By arrangement with Light in the Attic Records & Distribution, LLC
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Enjoyed it a lot more than I first thought I would!
17 August 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TALLULAH': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A Netflix original drama flick; about a homeless girl, that kidnaps the baby of a neglectful mother, and then bonds with the mother of her ex-boyfriend, who she turns to for help. The film stars Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard and Evan Jonigkeit (it also features a cameo by Zachary Quinto). The movie was written and directed by first time feature filmmaker Sian Heder (a veteran writer of the popular TV series 'ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK'). The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics, and Netflix viewers alike. I enjoyed it a lot more than I first thought I would.

Tallulah (Page) and her boyfriend, Nico (Jonigkeit), have been traveling, and living in their van, for years. When Nico suddenly leaves one day, and takes the couple's money with him, Tallulah goes to Nico's mother, Margo (Janney), for help. When Margo wants nothing to do with her, Tallulah begins searching a nearby hotel for food (and money). That's when a partying mother (Blanchard) hires Tallulah to babysit her young child. When the neglectful mom returns home wasted, and passes out after cursing at the child, Tallulah decides to take the baby. She turns to Margo for help, telling her it's Nico's child. The two reluctantly bond.

The film's story seems odd, and I had doubts it would be that interesting (especially after first starting the movie), but it actually turns out to be a pretty involving film. Page and Janney are both excellent in the leads, especially Page, and the characters are both extremely flawed but likable. Heder also seems to be a pretty awesome new filmmaker to watch out for; who seems to do a great job of writing women roles. After this, I'll definitely check out her next movie.

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