Tallulah (2016), Dir. Sian Heder

Tallulah (2016), Dir. Sian Heder
We’re all horrible...we’re all just people.
— Margo, Talulah (2016)

Stars: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Evan Jonigkeit, Tammy Blanchard, Felix Solis, Uzo Aduba, Zachary Quinto, John Benjamin Hickey.
Director: Sian Heder
Screenplay: Sian Heder

This movie shouldn't work. We shouldn't root for a young woman who steals a baby from her mother—to be fair, you would want to too—, we shouldn't want her ex-boyfriend's mother to get duped into her crazy life, we shouldn't want everyone to be happy and for everything to be okay. We really shouldn't but somehow this comedic drama works well enough for you to let it.

Starring the infectious Ellen Page (Tallulah) once again across from the uber talented Allison Janney (Margo) we get the story of Tallulah who has stolen a child and only has one place to go, and that is not even certain. Page is so remarkable on screen, she has played a few similar characters in the past but somehow she always makes them slightly different and here is no exception. Janney is in her element and while sometimes the script lets her down somehow she can still deliver a valiant role and you believe the chemistry between these two characters. The relationship builds and is earned in this movie, though it is a bit contrived it still feels natural—within the framework of the film.

There are quite a few elements to this film and usually that can hinder the final result, however Tallulah benefits from the smaller subplots. There is one with Carolyn (Tammy Blanchard), the mother of the stolen child and the woman from child protective services (Uzo Aduba). It is interesting to see two opposing women on their relationship to their own children, their place in society, and the critique on child neglect within the upper class. This film could be stock standard but these small moments really expand on the greater messages Tallulah is trying to address.

I really enjoyed this film, it has more to it than meets the eye. I recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a fine film with a glass of wine on a Friday night.