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At the Movies: Tully


Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews "Tully."

This drama-comedy film is paced by a brave performance by a veteran, Charlize Theron, and a dynamic turn by a newcomer, Mackenzie Davis. In "Tully," Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a suburban mother of two who is expecting a child. Her husband, Drew (Ron Livingston) is emotionally-unavailable. Marlo's wealthy brother (Mark Duplass) gives her the baby shower gift of a "night nanny."

Bounding into Marlo's life is Tully (Mackenzie Davis), an intelligent and vivacious twenty-something. Director Jason Reitman describes "Tully" as third in a trilogy of films he's directed based on screenplays by Diablo Cody. The other two were "Young Adult" (2011), which also starred Charlize Theron, and "Juno" (2007), the teen drama-comedy classic for which Cody received an Oscar for original screenplay.