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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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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We all have secrets to hide. See more »


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

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Blake Lively drew upon her own creativity and interests in fashion to collaborate on Emily's different looks throughout the film. No wonder Stephanie found the dress so alluring. 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

Stephanie: [Referring to the friendship bracelet] Here. I made that for you.
Emily: You made this for me?
Stephanie: Thought it would go with that pinstriped suit you have.
Emily: Really? That's nice. No one does stuff like this for me.
Stephanie: I used to watch those Bewitched reruns on TV Land, and I always thought it was so classy when Darren would come from work and Samantha would fix him a Martini. So every time we do this, I feel so high-tone.
Emily: My god. You're such a nerd.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Film Review: Episode dated 21 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Under My Skin
Written by Claudia Glynn and Michael Lister
Performed by Claudia Kane
Courtesy of Splangsongs
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Was decent... until it wasn't
28 November 2018 | by fabi-sp92See all my reviews

The movie was quite enjoyable for the longest time. Well paced, well acted (mostly). Then the conclusion happened. Like seriously what where they thinking.

Not only was it bad (I guess that's just an opinion, but still), it was also a lot worse written, paced and acted than the rest of the movie, up to the point where the only explanation is that the producers or SOMEONE wanted the ending changed to... this. The movie would have been a lot better if it just ended half an hour earlier. The ending is one of the worst I have seen in years.


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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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