A Simple Favor (2018)
Critic Consensus: 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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It seeks only to entertain, and in its haphazard way it does.
A deeply confused movie that feels like a mash-up of Mean Girls and an episode of Law and Order.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for A Simple Favor
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.
Entertaining. I did like the dark humor and Blake Lively was perfect as the disturbed Emily. The bit at the end was the step too far, though.
Paul Feig has shown us before what an enviable talent he has for blending different genres, but here he truly outdoes himself, making a clever, twisty and always gripping film that makes us hold our breath as it moves so effortlessly from dark comedy to crime noir to even horror.
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