Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Comedy drama directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. The story centers on Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).
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Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 16)
Marlo: Great moms organize class parties and make cupcakes. Things I’m just too tired to do.
Marlo: I want to kill myself.
Drew: No, mommy’s just joking, honey. Like a clown.
[she mimes honking her nose]
Craig: Do you know what a night nanny is? They take of the baby at night so mom and dad can get some sleep.
Marlo: I don’t want a stranger in my house. That’s like a Lifetime movie where the nanny tries to kill the family and the mom survives and she has to walk with a cane at the end.
Craig: Get over yourself.
[referring to the dinner an exhausted Marlo has just placed on the table]
Drew: Hey, frozen pizza. Awesome.
[after Marlo has had to take off her shirt because her son knocked water over it]
Sarah: Mom, what’s wrong with your body?
Tully: I’m here to take care of you.
Marlo: I thought you were taking care of the baby.
Tully: Yeah, but you pretty much are the baby. I mean, even though this one’s been earth-side for three weeks, her DNA is still inside of you.
Marlo: Right, yeah.
Tully: No, actually her cells will hang around in your bloodstream for years, and though Mia here will be her own person someday, right now she’s still very much an extension of you. She knows your smell, your voice, your heartbeat. And you know her better than anyone. I mean, you built her from the toes up.
Tully: I’m here to help you with everything. You can’t fix the parts without treating the hole.
Marlo: Yeah, no one’s treated my hole in a really long time.
Drew: So, how do you feel?
Marlo: Honestly? I can’t remember the last time I slept like that. I mean it’s like I can see color again.
[referring to Tully]
Drew: Can we keep her?
Marlo: She’s not a dog.
[as Marlo is breast feeding the baby]
Tully: Uh, so, what did you want to do?
Marlo: I don’t… I mean, if I had a dream that didn’t come true, I could at least be pissed off at the world. Instead I’m just pissed off at myself.
Tully: You’re empty.
Tully: No, you’re empty on this side. She’s done.
Tully: Here, I’ll take her.
Marlo: Girls don’t heal.
Tully: Girls heal.
Marlo: No, we don’t. We might look like we’re all better, but if you look close, we’re covered in concealer.
Marlo: Are you in a relationship?
Tully: Yeah. I’m in several.
Marlo: I used to be like that. Yeah. I rode every horse on the carousel until I met Drew.
Tully: And which horse was Drew?
Marlo: Drew was the bench.
Tully: But you love him.
Marlo: Yeah. Oh, definitely. I know I picked the right person.
Tully: So why don’t you guys have sex?
Marlo: I hold a baby all day, and it’s me and her and it’s primal. We’re like two gorillas at the zoo. And then night time rolls around and I’m supposed to just switch gears like, “Hello, I’m all sexy now. Look at my boobs. They’re all sexual.” It’s…
Tully: I get that.
Marlo: Of course you do.
Tully: I like Drew. No, I do. I mean, what I know about him.
Marlo: I don’t want my kids to grow up like I did. I had three stepmothers. It was, it was crazy.
Tully: Okay. So then we need to fix this. Because Drew needs his battery charged.
Marlo: His battery?
Tully: His battery.
Marlo: Why are you leaving?
Tully: Why? I was just here to bridge a gap. It’s time for me to move on.
Marlo: Right. I bet you have big plans. I mean, your 20s are great. They are, but then your 30s come around the corner like a garbage truck at 5:00 a.m.
Marlo: What are you going to do when that cute little butt of yours drops and your feet grow a half a size with each pregnancy, and this whole free spirit thing, it stops being charming, and it just starts to look ugly?
Tully: I’m not afraid of the future.
Marlo: Oh, my God. You should be.
Tully: You’re convinced that you’re this failure, but you actually made your biggest dream come true.
Marlo: Oh, my what?
Tully: That sameness that you despise, that’s your gift to them. Waking up every day and doing the same things for them over and over. You are boring. Your marriage is boring. Your house is boring, but that’s fucking incredible! That’s the big dream, to grow up and be dull and constant, and then raise your kids in that circle of safety.
Marlo: I’m not safe. I’m scared!
[Marlo is driving through her old neighborhood for the first time in years]
Marlo: Look, that’s a bakery for dogs.
Tully: What did it used to be?
Marlo: A bakery for humans.
Marlo: I know. People ate flour back then.
Drew: [to Marlo] If you want to run off or something, I get that, because I want to do that too sometimes, but I’m not gonna.
Drew: I love us.
Marlo: I love us, too.
Total Quotes: 16
What do you think of the Tully quotes? Let us know what you think in the comments below as we’d love to know
A dub – I think you missed a key factor in the movie. I suggest you rewatch it and pay extra close attention to the car crash/hospital scene.
With that said – WOW. Incredible movie. I highly recommend!
A dub (Philadelphia) says
It was literally tone of the most twisted movies I’ve ever seen. They put detail on stuff that was so unnecessary. The meeting with that friend in the beginning served no purpose to the plot. The mermaid and the communication with the brother were useless to watch also. She hired a night nanny whom by the wife’s request hopped on the husband dressed as a slutty waitress and tried to seduce him. The mother became wild. Had this been real life, child services would have taken those children away. Drinking in the back of a truck with her night nanny while an 8, 5, and infant are home alone. What does she pay the nanny for? To drink? Then she goes out for a night in the city and leaves all three kids WITHOUT telling the husband and 3 kids have nobody watching them except for a sleeping father who doesn’t even know he is home alone with the kids. I have 4 kids ages 7 and under. I know what being tired is. I know what breastfeeding is. I know what sleepless nights are too as I haven’t had a normal nights sleep in 8 years. My friends also have a few kids. Nobody hires a night nanny and let’s her seduce the husband. Nobody leaves those poor kids alone without anyone watching them. Nobody gets their hired worker drunk and then has her take care of the baby. I feel like this movie isn’t relatable. The genre should be fiction, because this is not real life.
Glenwrick Elliott says
The dueling trailers: “Tully” versus “The Escape”. I’ll pass on “Tully” and wait for “The Escape”.
I saw the screener last night with Jason Reitman speaking after. At first I wasn’t impressed with the movie. However; I kept thinking back about a few things today and my rule is, if you keep pondering a film. Then it was good. My favorite quote was; “No, we don’t. We might look like we’re all better, but if you look close, we’re covered in concealer.” Truer words never spoken.