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  1. kenmorefield

    Tully (2018)

    **********SPOILERS**************** I have moved the discussion of Tully from the 2019 Top 25 Nominations thread because it contains major plot spoilers. Please do not read this thread if you have not seen the film and do not wish to have major plot points revealed. So I watched the first hour of Tully and turned it off after the sex scene. How did I know it was going there from the first scene of the movie? In principle, I agree with the Ebertian notion that a film is moral or immoral not because of what it is about but how it was about it. I imagine I could get behind a movie where a couple rediscovered their sexual passions post-childbirth through the use of a surrogate, where a woman challenged the cultural notions of motherhood through experience, where a difficult child precipitates a family crisis (I'm thinking of Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child). But there's something so damn smug and condescending about this movie that it sets my teeth on edge. It has zero interest in examining its assumptions and is constructed to make any criticism of any of these people (except, of course, the husband, since it is told from the wife's POV). That would be fine if the film would just own what it is -- a "fantasy." But the best fantasy's stem from and empower you to live in the real world, not escape from it. I started imagining Tully as a Christian film, with essentially the same plot only with Tully, instead of doing cosplay and having the couple in a threesome goes up with a Bible pamphlet and teaches them how to pray. Quick fixes to complex psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain always ring false to me, and the film, like most all Christian films has zero interest in interrogating its own answers,. It invests all its energy into depicting the problem so that anyone who questions the proposed solution is a monster who is indifferent to the "anything must be better than this" argument.
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