The Favor (2008)

The Favor



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Following up the acclaimed documentary Children of the Street, filmmaker Eva Aridjis made her narrative-feature debut with this bittersweet drama starring Frank Wood and Ryan Donowho. Wood plays Lawrence, a man who decides to take in Johnny (Donowho), the troubled teenaged son of his recently deceased high-school sweetheart. Twenty-five years ago, Caroline (Paige Turco) broke Lawrence's heart. These days, Lawrence is a single, middle-aged photographer leading a quiet life with his loyal canine … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Eva Aridjis
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as Lawrence

as Johnny

as Mariana

as Caroline

as Mr. Smith

as Mr. Ritter

as Young Lawrence

as Young Caroline

as Dr. Charles

as Policeman No. 1

as Harris

as Det. Stuart

as History Teacher

as Photo Shop Girl

as Principal Foreman

as Jeannie

as Priest

as Family Court Hearing...

as Boy with Iguana

as Mariana's Father

as Woman Who Calls Poli...

as Policeman No.2

as Zoology Teacher

as Woman Who Brings Luc...

as Old Lady

as Waitress in Diner
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Critic Reviews for The Favor

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10)

It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

While people looking to get away from the big explosions and broad comedy that accompany most summer movies will appreciate the effort, this seems like the kind of thing you should be getting for free on TV.

Full Review… | May 9, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.

Full Review… | May 5, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie.

May 2, 2008
New York Times
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The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Writer-director Eva Aridjis has a flat style that's frankly numbing; Wood tries valiantly, but he and Donowho are both dragged down by the script.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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