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Charlize Theron Stars as Tully, Hits Theaters May 4th!


Tully In Theaters May 4th!

Momming is hard, not only do we pass judgment on ourselves, but friends, family, and social media does a pretty good job at showing us unrealistic expectations. Here’s the crazy part, when you’re pregnant everyone talks about the glow, pregnancy is great and it is, it’s truly a blessing to grow a human inside of you. Setting that aside no one talks about the complications, that not all pregnancies are easy and smooth. Some women have to be placed on bed rest, some deal with health issues, others deal with a hormone imbalance that leads to depression. Most importantly no one asks after having the baby, how YOU really are. Yes, it’s unbelievably blissful and surreal to be holding this tiny miracle in your hands, but how are you? You the person?

This question right here is vital for mom and baby. I want to thank Focus Features for bringing into to light a topic that others stay away from, postpartum. It’s silent, creeps up on you and can take over your entire being. Smiling on the outside and crying on the in. Tully is about a mom who is going through a wild array of emotions, about herself, her middle son who is on the spectrum, husband who isn’t really there, not because he doesn’t love her but he thinks that everything is under control. A brother who’s really a nice douche and other moms who give that nod and or disapproving look. We all know that look, why do other moms do this? Were all in this mom tribe together, let’s mom together. During the press junket, I had an opportunity to ask Jason Reitman a question that is near and dear to my heart.

Kathy ~It was fantastic that you showed Tully middle child on the spectrum, what goes into raising a little one that needs a little extra. It’s great that it was addressed because not all moms aren’t aware what it takes, instead they think. “why can’t you pull it together?”

JASON REITMAN: There’s something really clever about how Diablo did that in this screenplay. You don’t really hear the -- nor do you hear what was going on with her son -- you also never hear the term, you know, “postpartum” depression” in the film -- and these are all complicated gray areas and I think it’s really smart that Diablo never made it specific -- because really, what either of those are there to serve to is this idea that we’re only supposed to present half of what it’s like to be a parent to the world. We’re only supposed to present the fact that -- it’s like what Charlize says, at the beginning when the principal says, oh, you’re about to pop and Charlize goes, Oh, it’s such a blessing. And -- it’s the kind of subtle, brilliant joke that only she could do. But that’s how that script works. It’s playing off this idea that we’re supposed to present a version there to the world that -- we’re perfect. Yeah, we have a kid and life is perfect and it would be shameful to say anything otherwise. And when a great...when a movie works really well, it makes you feel less alone. No matter what it is, no matter what you’re watching a movie about, the great ones make us feel less alone. That’s why we watch them as a group, in a movie theater. And hopefully, by taking this kind of nuanced approach to both her relationship with her son, who finally says, maybe we don’t need this -- I love spending time with you, but maybe we don’t need the brush. We speak the idea of letting go of shame. Letting -- putting shame down and allowing ourselves to be honest.

Thank you Focus Features for inviting me to Tully, every mom must see this movie. I take that back, every woman needs to see this movie because even if you aren't a mom, you know a mom.

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