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  • Life's not perfect. Neither are we.

TULLY tells the story of Marlo Moreau (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).

  • About The Production


Tully was conceived in 2015, soon after Diablo Cody gave birth to her third child. With two young children who required much time and energy, Cody had no illusions about her capacity to handle the exhausting work and sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn. She hired a night nanny, who came to her house at 10 pm and watched over the baby until early the next morning.

Night nanny services have been growing in popularity for over a decade, particularly among professional women in major metropolitan cities. But Cody didn't know about their existence until the success of Juno brought her to Los Angeles to work in the movie business. ''Growing up in Illinois, I'd never heard of night nurses. I thought it was a completely strange idea but kind of brilliant, too,'' she remarks. ''I stubbornly resisted having the night nurse with my eldest child. Resisted with my second child. A third child, I completely swallowed my pride. The night nurse helped me take care of the baby so that I could be rested in the morning for my other kids. And it was revelatory. Because even with help, you're tired. It was almost shocking how much I fell in love with the night nurse because it felt like she was my savior.''

That experience gave her the idea for a film about a new mother's postpartum struggles and the surprising young night nanny who restores her to life. She wanted to tell a story about a woman who is overwhelmed with the demands of parenting after giving birth to her third child; a woman who loves her children but fears being swallowed up by the role of mother and cut off from her own self.

The idea fit the criteria she has set herself as a writer. ''My mission in my career is to write roles for women that I have not seen before,'' she explains. ''I had never seen a film about postpartum depression. I feel like there are so many feminine experiences that have not been represented in films, so I'm constantly going back to that well.''

She laid out her idea for Reitman before she began work on the screenplay and told him she wanted him to direct. ''Jason always understands what I am trying to convey and he's so respectful of the decisions that I make in the script. I have so much agency as a writer and that's unusual.''

Reitman was excited to see where Cody's story would lead her. ''I really enjoy Diablo's approach to everyday life that examines women as truly complicated people,'' he remarks. ''From the beginning, Diablo has fearlessly written unapologetic women as leads in her scripts, characters that are smart and admirable and funny but are also deeply flawed. And I think because of that, women and men can relate to her characters.''

Cody sent the first draft to Reitman on New Year's Eve, 2015. ''I immediately fell in love with it,'' he affirms. ''Less than a year later, we were making the movie.''

There's been a kind of synchronicity throughout Reitman and Cody's history together. ''Diablo and I have made a film every five years now, give or take,'' says Reitman. ''It's interesting because we're just about the same age and we have similar personalities. It seems like we're sharing a diary and we're both writing into it... So, every few years when I get a script from her, I know it's not only going to reflect her sensibility and what she's been going through and learning over time, but it's going to reflect all those things that I'm feeling and thinking but I just can't articulate. And I'm just so grateful.''

For Reitman, Tully expressed thoughts and feelings he's had as he has watched his child grow up. ''Diablo wrote a script of that not only spoke to the idea of parenthood, but to that moment when you actually have to close the chapter and say goodbye to your youth,'' he comments. ''Something that has fascinated me as a father myself is your child becomes this mirror through which you look back at your own childhood and realize for the first time who you were as a kid. Diablo brilliantly used this relationship between Marlo and Tully as a way for Marlo to understand her children better and as a way for Marlo to look through Tully as a mirror into herself.''

While it might not have been intentional, Tully completes a trilogy that began with Juno and Young Adult. Each features a female protagonist with a very specific personality and point of view, who goes about her life as she sees fit. ''Diablo from the beginning has fearlessly written unapologetic women as leads in her scripts,'' observes Reitman. ''Over Juno and Young Adult and now Tully, she's written characters in three different age groups and at three different stages in life. And each film explores how complicated it is to find happiness.''

''Juno, Young Adult, and Tully are all about transformation in a way,'' Cody reflects. ''Juno is going through a physical transformation, a pregnancy, which forces her into adulthood very quickly. Young Adult is about resisting the aging process and trying desperately to cling to the past. And Tully is about realizing that you are responsible for all these other human beings and being able to become that responsible person even if deep, deep down in your heart you still feel like a train wreck. It's about figuring out how to reconcile the person you are at your core with the job that you have to do.''

Tully Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Jason Reitman

Writing Credits

Diablo Cody


Charlize Theron

Mackenzie Davis

Ron Livingston

Mark Duplass

Asher Miles Fallica

Lia Frankland

Elaine Tan

Gameela Wright

Joshua Pak

Tattiawna Jones

Stormy Ent

Maddie Dixon-Poirier

Colleen Wheeler

Steven Roberts

Music by

Rob Simonsen

Cinematography by

Eric Steelberg

Category: Golden Globes, Golden Globe Nominee

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Country: United States

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