The Favor (2008)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
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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
May 2, 2008 Wide
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It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker.
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.
The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.
A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie.
The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness.
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.
Nothing extraordinary happens, and [director] Aradjis relies on Wood and Donowho to carry the slight thread of a film.
Yet another small, "sensitive" character study of unassuming "little" folk trying their best under trying circumstances, all amounting to the purest banality.
Forgive me if I've already forgotten what The Favor is really about, but the truth is so does Miss Aridjis. So drastically in fact, that the film doesn't even qualify for After School Special exemption status.
Doesn't ever end up communicating anything other than its own capacity for sensitive understatement.
It's an emotionally satisfying film, even a cathartic one, that deserves an audience.
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