Hey, remember 10 years ago (yes, yikes, you’re old, et cetera) when everybody and their mom loved Juno and it seemed certain that screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman would go on to great things?
Well, it’s safe to say that that dream died roughly in 2013, when the latter staked his career on a remarkably silly Josh Brolin/Kate Winslet romance called Labor Day, which featured the most awkward pie-making scene in cinema history amongst other cringe-y moments, and the former struck out on her own to direct her own feature, Paradise, which was promptly forgotten about the second that it hit theaters (unless you were the paparazzo whose cell phone Russell Brand threw through a window; then you probably do remember that).
That’s not to say that both Reitman and Cody aren’t successful — Cody showruns the excellent One Mississippi with Tig Notaro on Amazon Prime, and Reitman has had some swell hits as a producer, such as Whiplash — but it seemed for a moment there that the duo couldn’t do any wrong, and that they would grow to become tastemakers in a way that people like John Hughes were. Now they’ve returned with another feature once again starring their Young Adult lead Charlize Theron, called Tully, which had its first trailer drop on Thursday.
What’s it about? Well, it’s about a stressed and over-worked mom played by Theron who hires a night nurse, played by everybody’s new favorite crush Mackenzie Davis (and if you haven’t watched her in Halt and Catch Fire we highly recommend you do before continuing on with your day-to-day life).
It’s hard to write about this trailer, given that it’s so sparse, but it’s nice to see that Cody’s retained her ability to capture small moments of truthful humor in her writing — Theron dropping her phone on her sleeping child being the centerpiece gag of the whole damn trailer — and we’re kind of excited to see how this one develops. If anything, it’ll be interesting to see Davis bounce off an actress like Theron, and that alone might be worth the price of admission.
Tully hits theaters on your favorite day of the year, April 20.