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as Tully Coates Jr.
as Ella Smalley
as Earl Coates
as April Reece
as Tully Coates Sr.
as Mal `Mac' MacAvoy
as Burt Hodges
as Pete Heiding
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Critic Reviews for Tully
The movie resonates with a rare and genuine sweetness.
Flawed but promising.
Watching Tully reminded me of a time when calling a movie 'little' was a compliment, a way of saying a director had found ways to locate his movie in a world that seemed entirely real.
At turns heartbreaking and heart-stirring.
There's certainly nothing objectionable about Tully, but there's nothing remarkable either. It resides in that cinematic middle ground of not-bad, not-great, just okay.
Audience Reviews for Tully
A quiet film, about a quiet man and his two sons, living on a farm in Nebraska. Tully (Anson Mount), is the elder son, and a twenty-something Lothario who believes himself irresistible to women. His younger brother, Earl (Glenn Fitzgerald), works hard and plays clean. A straight-arrow neighboring girl, Ella (Julianne Nicholson), is friends with Earl and becomes entangled with Tully. The father, also named Tully (Bob Burrus) just goes about his business, quietly and efficiently, without humor, until he gets notice that his farm is being foreclosed. It is in this scenario, that lies that have been told for years and secrets left unspoken begin to come to light. The scenery evokes the prairie life, and the characters are people it becomes easy to sympathize with. The pleasures of hard work and simple recreations enhance the filmā(TM)s easy pace. Not a lot happens, but what does happen is significant. This was a good story about good people making hard choices.
Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this but I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very sweet and realistic story. Considering that I'm really not fond of Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, it was nice to see her play a different role, and one that was actually likable.
Tully Jr.'s discoveries at the end of this quietly emotional film are profoundly sad but make for a satisfying finale. Instead of things being wrapped-up before the credits, possibilities are left as wide open as the Nebraska farm setting.
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