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Tully (2018)

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A struggling mother of three forms an unexpected bond with the night nanny hired to help with her newborn baby.


Jason Reitman


Diablo Cody
1,320 ( 232)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Marlo
Mackenzie Davis ... Tully
Ron Livingston ... Drew
Asher Miles Fallica ... Jonah
Lia Frankland ... Sarah
Mark Duplass ... Craig
Elaine Tan ... Elyse
Gameela Wright ... Laurie
Tattiawna Jones ... Violet
Stormy Ent Stormy Ent ... Shasta
Maddie Dixon-Poirier ... Emmy
Bella Star Choy Bella Star Choy ... Greta
Dominic Good Dominic Good ... Dash
Joshua Pak ... Dallas
Emily Haine ... Barista


The film is about Marlo, a mother of three, including a newborn. Marlo's brother gives her a night nanny as a gift. Hesitant with the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Canada



Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tully See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,282,610, 6 May 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,227,130, 7 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,396,952, 5 July 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film reunited director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron, all of whom previously collaborated on Young Adult (2011). See more »


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Empathetic and special
21 April 2019 | by CamooSee all my reviews

Tully is a strange and beautiful film with a lot of extraordinary qualities, and then some I wish it had gone further with. What is undeniable is that Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman craft very strong films together, with something to say, and I admire their dedication to sticking to these sorts of middle-budget, adult films in a world currently saturated with big budget comic book adaptations and TV series. It's a comfort and joy to watch a film that so respects its audience.

The film's premise is fairly straightforward. We follow Marlo (Charlize Theron) as she struggles to raise her troubled son, daughter and new baby along with an aloof husband (Ron Livington), and seems perpetually on the brink of a major breakdown. That is until she is saved by a night nanny, Tully (MacKenzie Davis), who arrives like a whirlwind one night to help her with her motherly duties. Part Mary Poppins, part Juno, Tully is at first a character who seems typical of the Diablo Cody universe - sprightly and sardonic, referencing Pinky and the Brain and rattling off facts which do not pertain to this story but completely pertain to Cody's style of writing. But then, the film takes some turns, and makes certain decisions which had me nodding in agreement; the decisions surprised me, and delighted me, and kept me wanting to know more about these people and what kind of conundrums they might find themselves in.

I won't spoil the film, but there is a twist in Tully which I'm not sure is entirely deserved, and threw me for a loop. It forces a re-evaluation of everything that comes before, but instead of the pieces all fitting neatly into its puzzle, it leaves questions, holes, and threads not well enough resolved. It was almost like Cody had written this film in a line, and then when it got to that point she decided to change gears and add this element after the fact, attempting to stuff the bulk of the script into it. In any case, I understand what was being aimed for, but I was unable to suspend my disbelief enough to buy into it, which is one of the film's major frustrations.

Another criticism is of Ron Livington's character Drew, whom I felt was a bit one-dimensional and boring, a cutout father figure whom I anticipated would be more creatively drawn but by the end I knew no more about him than I did at the beginning, nor cared much about his and Marlo's relationship, as no relationship was ever developed well enough for them to live in.

What I loved about the film were the moments it took us into unexpected realms, and the wonderful performance by Charlize Theron who has shone in both collaborations with these filmmakers.

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