A Simple Favor is a savory film experience that resembles a French noir shoe-horned into a classical Hollywood narrative structure. It features two great performances from Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick both of whom are perfectly suited for the material. This film serves as a modestly budgeted revival for director Paul Feig, who took a critical drubbing for 2016’s Ghostbuster reboot, now full redeemed with a solid and well made comedic thriller.
Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), is a homebody lonely single mom who produces a vlog for domesticated moms. Her mundane life is turned upside down when she meets the beautiful and mysterious Emily (Blake Lively). The two become quick friends and they begin to share secrets with one another. Then one day Emily suddenly disappears from their small town. This brings Stephanie and Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) close together and eventually, she begins to take over Emily’s life while trying to uncover the truth about her friends’ fate.
Paul Feig has crafted a unique film for 2018 audiences unaccustomed to 1950’s new wave thrillers like Diabolique. This enticing concoction goes down smoothly and with plenty of eye candy to spare. The unflinching dialogue may put off some easily offended viewers but those that stay with the film are rewarded with a very satisfying resolution to the somewhat complex story.
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding