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Tully | 2018 | R | - 7.5.6

A mother of three (Charlize Theron) on the brink of a nervous breakdown accepts the offer of assistance from a "night nanny" (Mackenzie Davis) who will help take care of her and her newborn. As the mother and the nanny become close, an unexpected turn of events threatens their arrangement. Also with Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston. Directed by Jason Reitman. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman puts on a diner waitress outfit and climbs on top of another woman's husband in bed (the wife is right behind her, also straddling the husband) and unbuttons her top (we see a part of her bra) before leaning over the husband and kissing his neck (sex is implied). A woman watches a reality show called "Gigolo": a man talks about loving to spank during sex and we see him standing fully clothed behind a woman bent over at the waist and he spanks her bare buttocks, and a man undresses and we see him wearing only bikini briefs (his bare chest, abdomen and legs are shown) and a woman straddles him and we see her thrusting as he rubs her breasts (his hands cover most of her breasts).
 A woman's bare breasts and nipples are seen several times and a few times when attached to breast pumps. A woman's very pregnant abdomen is shown a few times; once when she is applying lotion. A young boy's bare back and partial abdomen are shown when a woman "brushes" his skin as a therapy for reducing sensitivity. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears crop tops that reveal bare abdomen and back in several scenes. A mermaid is shown with sheer fabric across her chest and we see the outline of her breasts, with no visible nipples. A woman removes her shirt and reveals her bra and bare abdomen; her daughter asks, "What's wrong with your body?"
 A husband kisses his wife on the head a few times. A man gestures the shape of a breast when talking about breast feeding.
 A woman tells another woman, "I can wear headphones if you guys want to make noise," referring to a husband and wife having sex. A young boy holds his clothed crotch and his mother asks if he needs to go to the bathroom, and then asks if he's "being his own best friend." A woman says that she is in several relationships. A woman says that she "rode every horse on the carousel before I met Drew."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman drives drunk, falls asleep behind the wheel, swerves before hitting another car head on, and crashes over an embankment and into a body of water; she gets out and we see her with a bruised and scratched face in the hospital.
 A woman pushes and yells during labor and we see a newborn covered with a bit of slime. A woman moans and holds her breast a few times; we see her wincing while another woman presses her breast and relieve engorgement and eventually draining some of the milk to ease the pain.
 A woman yells angrily at another woman after she dismisses her son from a school; when she leaves the office, the woman hits a baby carrier on the side of a desk and the infant in the carrier cries. A woman yells angrily at a nurse who waits for her to urinate and threatens to insert a catheter if she does not (we hear a short trickle). A young boy kicks the back of the driver's seat of a car and yells uncontrollably in a few scenes. A woman yells at her two children as they get ready for school. A boy panics and cries when a toilet flushes loudly. We see repeated scenes of a woman waking to an infant's cries, changing her diaper, nursing her and her husband kissing her on the head as he leaves each morning.
 A woman imagines seeing her young son not strapped in his car seat in the back of the car but crawling around on the passenger seat while she is driving; she wakes up in a start. A woman talks about her daughter's hamster eating her own young. A woman tells children that people slice off chickens' beaks with a hot blade to keep them from pecking each other. A woman jokingly says, "I wanna kill myself" and her daughter looks concerned. A woman says that a make of car catches fire all the time. A woman talks about a trash barge that floated around at sea until it docked in Brooklyn where they burned the garbage. A woman says, "My boss once gave me the flu." A woman rebukes a pregnant woman for ordering decaf coffee saying that there are still trace amounts of caffeine in it. A woman talks about having 3 stepmothers. Two women argue.
 A woman vomits in a toilet (we hear splatter and gagging). We see what looks like feces or vomit on the floor and a woman's shirt. A woman's water breaks and we see the liquid trickle out of her pant leg and onto the floor. We see a woman's scabbed nipple and she winces in pain. A woman runs, trying to keep up with a younger woman, and she falls on the ground; the other woman is alarmed when she sees wet spots on her T-shirt and the woman says, "I make milk."
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LANGUAGE 6 - About 19 F-words, 3 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (quirky, creepy, weird, gross, out-of-the box kid, cold and black as my womb, boring, retarded, bastards, sinister, rich [anatomical term deleted]), 11 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Jesus Christ, Jesus, A Miracle Straight From Heaven, God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is given a shot in the back (presumably a numbing agent) during labor. Two men and a woman drink wine with dinner, a woman says that she needs a bourbon, and many people are shown drinking a lot of alcohol throughout an evening at several bars and clubs.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Postpartum depression, mental health issues, parenting, dreams, anxiety, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, fantasy, self-care.

MESSAGE - Mental illness can appear at the most inopportune time.

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