Tully (dir. Jason Reitman)
Tully is the third collaboration of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman and its the story of motherhood. Charlize Theron plays expectant mother, Marlo. It is the birth of this third child that seems to push Marlo to a breaking point. While she and her husband seem to resent the gift of a night nanny from Marlo’s brother, her exhaustion (and possibly a run-in with a college roommate) allows her to hire Tully as a night nanny to help her sleep through the night. What is the film telling us about nostalgia, motherhood, or authenticity?
Darkest Hour (film, PPR episode)
Dallas Buyers Club
Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
Paid Family Leave and Work-Life Balance in Today’s America
The first two in the Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman trilogy: Juno & Young Adult
Octopodes (they keep popping up: here, here, here, and here)
Mental Health Resources
Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation.