A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor


    Stephanie, a dedicated mother and popular vlogger, befriends Emily, a mysterious upper-class woman whose son Nicky attends the same school as Miles, Stephanie's son. When Emily asks her to pick Nicky up from school and then disappears, Stephanie undertakes an investigation that will dive deep into Emily's cloudy past.

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    • Anna KendrickStephanie Smothers
    • Blake LivelyEmily Nelson
    • Henry GoldingSean Townsend
    • Rupert FriendDennis Nylon
    • Linda CardelliniDiana Hyland
    • Bashir SalahuddinDetective Summervile
    • Danielle BourgonGrace, Stephanie's Mom
    • Kelly McCormackStacy
    • Andrew RannellsDarren
    • Ian HoNicky Nelson


    • 83

      Entertainment Weekly

      The film is full of panache, from its sexy French score to its glistening gin martinis, and it weaponizes style, using it to keep audiences off balance as the mystery unfolds.
    • 80

      Total Film

      Paul Feig makes a slight gear change for a slick thriller that’s best enjoyed with a martini in hand.
    • 80

      Arizona Republic

      For all its ludicrous plot twists and a mystery that falls too conveniently into place, A Simple Favor is just fun. It's light and frothy.
    • 75

      Movie Nation

      A Simple Favor is a thriller that ticks likes a Timex, a precision exercise in button-pushing manipulation and a laugh out loud mystery that mocks its own manipulations, giggles at its own far-fetched twists.
    • 70


      The film feels a lot like the Serge Gainsbourg number that Stephanie dances to in the kitchen: jazzy, a little sleazy, and worth a cult following.
    • 67

      Film Journal International

      Kendrick’s interplay with Lively’s big, alluringly langurous temptress is deliciously diverting, but the script could have used some judicious editing; a surfeit of credibility-straining, overly antic plot developments crowd the last third of the film, which until then had an intriguingly languid pace.
    • 58


      Feig goes for the spaghetti method of storytelling: Throw a whole bunch of stuff at the wall and something has got to stick. Only some does, but the good stuff — the really campy, trashy, nutty stuff — is the kind of thing popcorn cinema hasn’t so happily embraced in years.
    • 50

      The Hollywood Reporter

      A twisted tale of toxic female friendship, the film offers its share of pleasures: eye candy in human, sartorial and real-estate form, as well as the unmistakable flair of a director and performers who know their way around a piece of pop entertainment. But the result leaves you scratching your head.

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