A Simple Favor Review
Recently, I got lucky enough to get into a movie screening to see Paul Feig’s newest movie based on the book by Darcey Bell of the same name, A Simple Favor. For those of you who haven’t heard, the film is about Stephanie Smothers (played by Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick), who starts to investigate the sudden disappearance of her new best friend, Emily (played by Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively).
The movie looks at Stephanie and Emily’s relationship starting from when they met a few weeks before Emily disappears and the mysterious enigma that is Emily and her past life. Stephanie herself is a stay-at-home mommy who vlogs for a living about little tips and tricks that other parents can use when parenting their child and she’s kind of made fun of for it. Then she meets Emily, who’s sophisticated and works in the city. Then one day, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favor (hence the film’s name): looking after her son, Nicky.
After that, Emily is suddenly gone and Stephanie ends up taking care of the boys (Nicky and her son, Milo) for the next couple of days while Emily’s husband, Sean (played by Crazy Rich Asians‘ Henry Golding) is in London visiting his mother. Once he gets back, they call the police and the official investigation stars.
There’s a lot of different and interesting twists to the story, ones that I personally didn’t expect. Anna Kendrick’s character, Stephanie, is overall very naive but is also suspicious, which works to her advantage in solving the mystery. However, Blake Lively’s character, Emily, is intriguing; she’s very blunt and cunning with a very unexpected past. The ending, without spoiling anything, could’ve gone either way but I’m overall satisfied with it.
A Simple Favor comes out in theaters on September 14th.
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