A Simple Favor

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Twisty, twisted, and above all simply fun, A Simple Favor casts a stylish mommy noir spell strengthened by potent performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

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Stephanie is a widowed, single mother who works as a vlogger in Connecticut. Her best friend, Emily, seems to have it all -- a successful career, a loving family and a glamorous lifestyle. When Emily mysteriously disappears one day, Stephanie launches her own investigation by digging into her friend's past -- and finding a few surprises along the way.

Cast & Crew

Anna Kendrick
Stephanie Smothers
Blake Lively
Emily Nelson
Henry Golding
Sean Townsend
Ian Ho
Nicky Nelson
Joshua Satine
Miles Smothers
Rupert Friend
Dennis Nylon
Bashir Salahuddin
Detective Summervile
Paul Feig
Director
Jessica Sharzer
Screenwriter
Paul Feig
Producer
Jason Cloth
Executive Producer
Mike Drake
Executive Producer
John Schwartzman
Cinematographer
Brent White
Film Editor
Theodore Shapiro
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Favor

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  • Imagine an ABC sitcom based on David Fincher's Gone Girl, and you'll get an idea of what this lightweight comic mystery is like.

    March 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It seeks only to entertain, and in its haphazard way it does.

    September 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A deeply confused movie that feels like a mash-up of Mean Girls and an episode of Law and Order.

    September 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This half-baked missing persons thriller...gamely attempts to reinvent the careers of its two stars and its director, but isn't nearly dark, nasty or tough enough.

    September 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Kendrick and Lively have never been funnier, snapping one-liners at each other like elastic bands; the script is hyper-alert to the undercurrent of competitiveness between stay-at-home and working mums.

    September 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • With its saucy French pop music and pastel Saul Bass-inspired credits, this film is so hungry to seem like a classic thriller that you come away charmed by its pure-hearted ambition.

    September 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
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Audience Reviews for A Simple Favor

  • Apr 12, 2019
    Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in the odd dark comedy(?) A Simple Favor. When her best friend goes missing Stephanie uses her cooking video blog to launch her own investigation (with the help of her followers) and soon learns that her friend wasn't who she thought she was and that she faked her own death. Both Kendrick and Lively give strong performance (especially Lively) and have great chemistry together. The script is kind of weak and takes a while to get to the plot, but once the murder mystery kicks in the film starts picking up momentum and doesn't let up. And it's a good mystery, fully of suspense and intrigue. Plus there's some quirky black humor that's rather amusing. It has a few rough spots, but overall A Simple Favor is an entertaining and fun crime thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2019
    Paul Feig takes his turn at suspense thriller and delivers a fun suspenseful movie led wonderfully by Kendrick and Lively and Henry Golding also brings his A game to this stylish entertaining movie. 03-03-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2019
    Interesting to see Feig directing a film out of his element. The Ghostbusters reboot was a slight misdirection for the filmmaker, but he returns with a film that showcases a wide range of genres. It's nice to see a film with a clever 50s noir style plot return to the big screen. Sadly the film did not take the box office by storm, but it is far from a bad film and should garner more interest now that it is away from the mainstream market. The film is very twisty and it's this story movement that keeps this unfolding at an interesting pace. You have no real idea how this will conclude, but you just know it won't end well for someone. The film can't live up to the hype and drops the ball slightly in its conclusion, I had expected something darker, but they go for a very safe ending. Great return to complicated plot lines and I hope more high end filmmakers return to small budget filmmaking like Feig. Fun and clever film that should fine a good home. 29/01/2019.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2019
    I really don't know what vibe A Simple Favor was going for, but I know I kinda liked it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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