Stephanie is a single mother with a parenting vlog who befriends Emily, a secretive upper-class woman who has a child at the same elementary school. When Emily goes missing, Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate.

Director:

Paul Feig

Writers:

Darcey Bell (based upon the novel by), Jessica Sharzer (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Stephanie Smothers
Ian Ho ... Nicky Nelson
Joshua Satine ... Miles Smothers
Glenda Braganza ... Mrs. Kerry
Andrew Rannells ... Darren
Kelly McCormack ... Stacy
Aparna Nancherla ... Sona
Jiah Mavji Jiah Mavji ... Sona's Daughter
Ava LaFramboise Ava LaFramboise ... Lulu
Blake Lively ... Emily Nelson
Henry Golding ... Sean Townsend
Dustin Milligan ... Chris
Danielle Bourgon ... Grace (Stephanie's Mom)
Gia Sandhu ... Valerie
Lila Yee Lila Yee ... Margaret (Sean's Mom)
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Storyline

Stephanie, a widowed mother, who also runs a cooking vlog, befriends Emily, an upper-class secretive woman whose child goes to same elementary school as of Stephanie's. Suddenly Emily goes missing and Stephanie starts investigating, only to find dark secrets, which changes the life of Stephanie forever. Written by kuntal_ghosh2002

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What Happened to Emily? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nude images, drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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Renee Ehrlich Kalfus served as the costume designer on the film. She made sure that the clothing reflected each character's journey, often allowing the characters to use their clothing as a kind of armor they could hide behind. See more »

Goofs

Sean and Stephanie are talking over a couple of glasses of Laphroaig scotch. At one point, the glass disappears from Sean's hand and then in the next shot reappears. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie: [Running after Emily] Emily! Emily, stop! Emily, you can't outrun this! Don't do this to Nicky! Come on, you're still his mom!
Emily: [Stops and turns to Stephanie] Yeah, I am. But you sure as shit won't be.
[as she is about to shoot Stephanie, she is suddenly hit by a car; the car stops and Darren gets out]
Darren: America's hybrids. Silent, but deadly.
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Alternate Versions

In an alternate ending on the DVD, Sean assembles a flash mob that dances for Stephanie in the school playground, ending with Sean proposing to Stephanie. See more »

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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

La Madrague
Music by Gérard Bourgeois
Lyrics by Jean-Max Rivière
Performed by Brigitte Bardot
Courtesy of Mercury Records France under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great dark comedy
11 November 2020 | by GD_MarqSee all my reviews

Witty dialog and a truly great dark comedy. This movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as you become involved in the plot and trying to solve the mystery yourself. Anna and Blake did a great job.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Favor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,011,689, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:

$53,548,586

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,644,617
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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