They say the universe never gives you more than you can handle, but you don’t have to scan the news very hard to find tons of evidence that proves that’s not true. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by this topsy-turvy world of ours, with an ever-looming tidal wave of responsibilities that only gets larger and larger with each passing year. The urge to scream, to escape, or – if possible – get a free night nanny who solves all our problems while we sleep is completely understandable.
Which brings us to Tully, a movie about an exhausted mother of three who can’t catch a break, until she finally caves in and accepts her wealthy brother’s offer of a night nanny. Charlize Theron plays Marlo, whose life has become an endless montage of managing other people’s expectations, and Mackenzie Davis plays Tully, the spritely young woman who enters Marlo’s home at night, bakes cupcakes to dazzle the other moms at school, and gradually rekindles Marlo’s spirit of optimism.