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A Simple Favor (2018)

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A woman seeks to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend.


Paul Feig


Jessica Sharzer (screenplay by), Darcey Bell (based upon the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Stephanie Smothers
Ian Ho ... Nicky Nelson
Joshua Satine ... Miles Smothers
Glenda Braganza ... Mrs. Kerry Glenda (as Braganza)
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)


A woman seeks to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of her best friend.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


We all have secrets. 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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Release Date:

14 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Favor See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,050,000, 14 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,287,949, 17 September 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally filmed in a 2.00:1 aspect ratio, the film will be matted to a fake 2.39:1 aspect ratio for theatrical release. See more »


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 »


[from trailer]
Sean: She's an enigma my wife. You can get close to her, but you never quite reach her. She's like a, beautiful ghost.
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References Diabolique (1955) See more »


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Twisty and Twisted
17 September 2018 | by trinaboiceSee all my reviews

It turns out that this mysterious thriller is actually a dark comedy. Based on the book A Simple Favor: A Novel, the movie is twisty and twisted. This film really surprised me. I love being surprised.

The audience I sat with absolutely loved the movie and saw the clever humor in everything. It's always so much fun to watch a movie with an audience that really gets a movie and loves it. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively have fantastic chemistry together and really sell this movie.

Tips for parents:

Profanity, including TONS of F-bombs Lots of alcohol. The Aviation American gin used in the martinis is actually owned by Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively's husband. A character uses heroine Talk of a threesome Sibling sex scene in bed with some clothes on. ICK. Super gross. Two women kiss Nude paintings Lots of cleavage and a naked backside Murder scene Someone asks, "Are you a mother?" The other lady answers, "Yes. I love every minute" and then the first person says, "Then you must have brain damage." What a terrible thing to say. Parenting is very hard, but be sure to let your kids know that you love them. Don't ever let your kids think they're a mistake and not wanted. The characters in the movie have a serious lack of good judgment.

Uplifting theme:

Friendship - Choose your friends wisely Marriage Trust Parenting Greed Honesty Re-set your life

Things I liked:

Blake Lively is gorgeous and talented. She seemed to tap into her real-life husband's edgy Deadpool vibe for this role. If you liked Crazy Rich Asians , you'll love that Henry Golding plays the husband in this movie. Click here to see my movie review of Crazy Rich Asians. Pitch Perfect fans will love watching Anna Kendrick in this movie. She even gets to rap a little bit. The writing by Jessica Sharzer and Darcey Bell was very good. Darcey's novel was changed a bit for the story in the movie, but that's kind of what always happens, right? Directed by Paul Feig, this movie blends genres and pokes fun at everything. Great job with the movie trailer and poster. They were delightfully misleading. Normally, I get ticked off for something like that, but this time it was a pleasant surprise. Some will like the fashion aspect of the film. Costume design is very good. Blake Lively is gorgeous. Have I mentioned that already? The French movie Diabolique gets a shout-out in this movie. Have you seen it? Neither have I. Sounds intriguing though, right?

Things I didn't like:

I hate seeing gossipy, back-stabbing moms in movies. Even more in real life. I guess I just hate admitting that vicious people like that really exist. The tone really changes from Act One to Act Three. Some really cray cray decisions. Funny lines:

"Prudes are people too." - Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) "You're such a nerd." - Emily "She doesn't know she's working for free." - Darren (Andrew Rannells) "America's hybrids...silent, but deadly." - Darren

Interesting lines:

"I think loneliness probably kills more people than cancer." - Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) "She's like a beautiful ghost." - Sean Townsend (Henry Golding)

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