Happiest Season (Hulu – 2020)

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Happiest Season follows Abby (Kristen Stewart) as she is invited to her girlfriend’s, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), house to Christmas. The problem is that Harper has not come out to her family yet, so both she and Abby must pretend to not be together.

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Tully (2018)

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Wow. The first ten minutes of the film made me want to swear off kids for life.

Tully surrounds Charlize Theron as Marlo, who recently had her third child. She’s constantly tired and overwhelmed, especially since her son is showing symptoms for mental illness. Her and her husband don’t have a lot of money, but as a gift her rich brother offered to pay for a night nanny. Marlo finally gives and hires the night nanny, named Tully, who helps her out in more ways than one.

This film really made me realize how hard it is to be a mom. Especially if you have three children, all somewhat close in age. Charlize Theron really mastered the exhausted dead stare that I’m sure many mothers have had before. And of course, Charlize gave a great performance as Marlo, successfully balancing the pains and joys of motherhood. Mackenzie Davis as Tully gave a good performance as well as someone who reminded Marlo of her younger self. And their relationship together is pretty spectacular.

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