This May Be The Realest F*cking Movie About Motherhood, Ever

by Valerie Williams
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Charlize Theron stars as a mom in the new film “Tully”

Usually when I see movies that claim to depict motherhood with all its warts, I end up disappointed. There’s simply never a truly real example in film of what it’s like to be a mom — stained clothes, doughy flesh, messy house, zero sleep, and all.

Luckily, that’s no longer the case.

Charlize Theron stars in an upcoming movie called Tully, and it’s basically your life on film. Before I watched the trailer, I’ll admit I was skeptical — Hollywood typically isn’t known for showing parenthood for what it really is.

Then I saw Theron’s portrayal of a mom and it was pretty much like looking in a mirror (only I do not look like her).

Brought to you by Diablo Cody, the brilliant woman who wrote the script for the 2007 hit film Juno, the dialogue feels raw and real. Theron actually looks like an exhausted mom, which must have been quite the makeup and wardrobe achievement since we all know this woman is totally stunning and put-together. In the trailer, she looks like me at school drop-off or on a quick grocery trip where I’m not altogether certain whether I applied deodorant.

This. Is. Motherhood.

Theron plays Marlo, a frazzled mom of three, the youngest just a newborn. Her brother, played by Mark Duplass, gifts her a night nanny named Tully to help out during those first months of infant insanity. “Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully,” reads the description. The movie also stars Ron Livingston as her husband.

In the trailer, we see more real mom moments in two minutes than possibly all other movies starring moms combined. Theron accidentally drops her iPhone on her newborn’s head, spills a bunch of freshly pumped milk, struggles to soothe her sobbing baby, and fields questions from her kids about “what’s wrong” with her body.

Do they have cameras planted in our homes? How do they know?

The movie hits theaters April 20th, so gather your girls for a future mom’s night out. You know you need it anyway.