Review: A Simple Favor

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Single mom vlogger Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) whose child is friends with the son of Emily (Blake lively), a publicist who is a borderline alcoholic as she consumes countless martinis in this film, and her husband Sean (Henry Golding), a writer and college lecturer.

Stephanie and Emily quickly become friends as they exchange some very twisted secrets over martinis after school. Emily goes missing and Stephanie ends up trying to solve this odd disappearance. The movie quickly becomes even more twisted and unpredictable.

Warped Plot Turns

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t read up much about this movie before a saw it. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In the beginning, the film is hilariously funny. The film took a very dark turn all of a sudden, one that was weird to say the least. Incest, murder, lust and betrayal are all common plot themes in this flick.

Epic Female Leads

Kendrick’s character is goofy, bubbly and relatable (Apart from the part where she admits to incest). Blake pulls off the Femme Fatale role effortlessly. It’s a far cry from her Gossip Girl days.

In my opinion, Kendrick steals the show with her humour and amusing demure.  I do love Lively, but Kendrick is definitely the master of comedy in this film. It’s refreshing to see two female leads take on a movie, something that Hollywood needs now more than ever.

Utter Confusion

This movie is very confusing to say the least. One critic describes it as a “mash-up of Mean Girls and Law & Order”, which I find a very fitting description. I struggled to figure out sometimes was a character joking or being serious. It’s like it was a comedy, then it turns into a melodrama and then a thriller.

The character Sean is confusing. I still don’t know if he’s a good guy or bad guy. He has an affair with Stephanie but then it ends abruptly. We never find out if his feels for her were genuine or not. He seems to switch sides several times in this.

Director Paul Feig is also known for directing the thriller Gone Girl. I feel like he was confused on how to fit this movie into a specific genre.

Is it Worth Seeing?

Despite the confusing plot, it’s definitely worth seeing. Me and my friend (shout out to Erin) were in stitches. It’s high entertainment value really keeps you on the edge of your seat. This film gives a nod to the Film  Noir genre, which is probably one of the most enigmatic genres out there. Go watch it!

3.5/5

By Aoife Crilly

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