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A Simple Favor (2018)

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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:

Jessica Sharzer (screenplay by), Darcey Bell (based upon the novel 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 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 Danielle Bourgon ... Grace (Stephanie's Mom)
Gia Sandhu ... Valerie
Lila Yee Lila Yee ... Margaret (Sean's Mom)
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Storyline

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.

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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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Details

Country:

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:

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

Gross USA:

$52,439,350, 17 October 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

This was Paul Feig's second non-full-fledged comedy film since I Am David (2003). It is darker when compared to many of the other films he previously directed. See more »

Goofs

When Sean's phone screen is visible as an inbound call rings, the wireless carrier shown on it is Rogers. The company only provides phone service in Canada, where the movie was filmed, not Connecticut, where the scene takes place. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in Film 24: Episode dated 21 September 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Comment Te Dire Adieu
Written by Arnold Goland and Jack Gold
Adapted by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Françoise Hardy
Courtesy of Parlophone/Warner Music France
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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No clue what kind of movie this thought it was.
16 September 2018 | by zombieskeaganSee all my reviews

Way too much comedy for me to take seriously as a thriller and way too convuluted of a plot for me appreciate as a drama. There was a time at the end when it keeps trying to pack twist on top of twist that I thought maybe it was trying to be a spoof of the recent suburb noir thrillers in the vein of Gone Girl but the movie didn't feel aware enough to me to play this angle. It just felt like they had a thriller they realized was boring so they spiced it up with a bunch of funny dialogue or they had a comedy they tried to make more serious for whatever reason. Neither played well. Although the cast is solid for the most part. I will watch Anna Kendrick stare at a wall for two hours and still wouldnt feel like I wasted my time.


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