Director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody, and star Charlize Theron hit on something smart and very cynical in Young Adult, their 2011 black comedy about an ex-popular girl whose glory days are far behind her returning to her hometown to “save” her high-school boyfriend from his settled domestic life—only to discover that he’s perfectly happy without her. Now that same team has reunited for Tully, a new film that seems to take the same bleak view of motherhood as Young Adult did for those uncertain post-collegiate years.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film: “Marlo (Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, 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).” The initial teaser trailer for the film, meanwhile, doesn’t show us the title character until the very end, instead featuring a very tired-looking Theron slogging her way through her daily routine of feedings, baths, playtime, storytime, and frozen pizza.
Tully hits theaters on April 20, 2018.