A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018) – My rating 8.5/10

A Simple Favor is a mystery thriller film,  directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer and based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell.  The film follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend.  A very twisted plot that is a pleasant change from the all the aliens and super heroes we’ve been bombarded with lately.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed single mother who runs a mom vlog featuring crafts and recipes. During one of her sessions, she discusses an investigation, along with her feelings surrounding the disappearance of her best friend, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). In a flashback, Emily is a busy working mother, as a PR director for a fashion company.  Emily’s son, Nicky Townsend-Nelson (Ian Ho) attends the same elementary school as Stephanie’s son, Miles Smothers (Joshua Satine).  As a result of their new, fast growing friendship, which includes having play dates for the boys, and martinis for themselves the two women became inseparable.

They traded confidential and personal information about each other, at Emily’s request.  Emily learned of a secret Stephanie held about her half brother, Chris (Dustin Milligan), which she would playfully tease Stephanie about. Emily reveals a secret about  her husband, Sean Townsend (Henry Golding), an English professor who is also pursuing a writing career that has lead to their financial detriment. One day, Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit Nicky after school, which she happily obliges because Sean is in London.

This is the most I can reveal about A Simple Favor because the plot is so twisted I don’t want to give anything away.  This movie is intense and exciting.  The characters are intriguing yet shallow.  The relationships between the two women was started fast and never got beyond 2 weeks.  Sometimes we find ourselves drawn into a new relationship that is going so fast, we can’t seem to control it.  We even find ourselves saying and doing things we don’t ordinarily do in order to satisfy the friendship.  At some point we make a decision as to weather the relationship is a good one or a bad one, then we either get out of it or stay in.  In the cast of Emily and Stephanie, we see that something is really stinking in Denmark.  I liked the movie but found it somewhat unbelievable.  However, you will be fully entertained as well as surprised at the final outcome.  I recommend A Simple Favor to all — Check it out!

 

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