This image released by Focus Features shows Charlize Theron in a scene from "Tully." (Kimberly French/Focus Features via AP)
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The title character of Jason Reitman's "Tully" descends not from the clouds, carried by an umbrella in the wind, but glides cheerfully through the front door on a black night. She arrives just as Marlo (Charlize Theron), the mother of two plus an unplanned-for newborn, is reaching the limits of exhaustion.Directed by Reitman and penned by Diablo Cody, "Tully" isn't a song-singing fantasy like "Mary Poppins". It's well into "Tully" before we meet Marlo's savior: a 26-year-old night nurse (Mackenzie Davis), for whom Marlo's wealthier brother Craig (Mark Duplass) has paid. He promises night nurses, who arrive in the evening and stealthily depart before sunrise, are "like ninjas" capable of reordering Marlo's sleep-deprived life.Tully spits out lines like these throughout the film.There was the dour internet-parable of teenagers and parents "Men, Women and Children," and the preposterous and over-baked melodrama "Labor Day," about a despairing single mom (Kate Winslet) who finds renewal from a pie-making escaped convict (Josh Brolin).In repeatedly focusing on regular people and their everyday problems of family and work, Reitman's heart is resolutely in the right place.
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