One of the best director and screenwriting duos collaborating today is Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. The pair’s breakout hit was 2007’s indie dramedy “Juno.” Cody won Oscar for her screenplay and Reitman was nominated for Best Director. They followed that up with the underrated and bitingly funny comedy “Young Adult,” starring Charlize Theron. And now, the team back with their “Young Adult” star in what looks like another hit.
In the first trailer for “Tully,” we are treated to the same humor, heart, and amazing acting that you would expect from a film from Reitman, Cody, and Theron. The film tells the story of a mother, played by Theron, who is busting her butt for her kids and her family every hour of every day. She’s stressed, she’s unhappy, and every part of her life seems to be going downhill. However, that all changes with the night nanny, Tully, comes into her life.
It sounds like the team has nothing but good things to say about each other. Theron mentioned to People that working with Reitman again “felt like picking up on the last day of shooting ‘Young Adult’… Our relationship has been so solid and consistent all these years. He’s not afraid to tell stories about real women with real flaws — things that are sometimes uncomfortable for people to acknowledge.” Reitman was equally excited to get to work with Cody and Theron again saying that he’s “just so damned lucky to work with them both again” because “there are few women who look more fearlessly into life’s dirty little secrets and find a way to make them funny.”
In addition to Theron, the film stars “Halt and Catch Fire” breakout Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, and Ron Livingston. The film premiered earlier this year with a sneak screening at the Sundance Film Festival to largely positive reviews. The Playlist’s review praised the film saying, “Cody’s dialogue is often so biting it can be delivered with severe sarcasm, but Theron understands the softer tone Reitman is going for and adjusts to it beautifully.”
“Tully” opens in theaters on April 20, 2018.