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.


Paul Feig


Darcey Bell (based upon the novel by), Jessica Sharzer (screenplay by)
680 ( 48)
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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
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)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


On screen, the martini Emily drinks calls for gin (as opposed to vodka). The bottle shown on screen is Aviation Gin. Off screen, Blake Lively's husband, Ryan Reynolds, had an ownership stake in Aviation Gin at the time of filming; a craft distillery in Portland, Oregon. See more »


The police discover after Emily goes missing that she rented a car from Budget paying with cash. Budget Rent-A-Car does not allow vehicle rentals without payment via credit or debit card, nor do any others in the US. Further, they require a valid driver's license as well, and thus would've already had a record of Emily's rental even if she didn't use a card to pay for it. See more »


Emily: [Picks up her son] Come here, little dude. Oh, my baby! Look at your shirt. Did any food make it into your mouth?
Miles Smothers: Ask her, Nicky! Ask her!
Emily: Ask me what?
Nicky Nelson: We want a play date.
Emily: Oh, we can't, mommy already has a play date with a symphony of anti-depressants. Let's go.
Miles SmothersNicky Nelson: Play date! Play date! Play date!
Emily: Baby, please don't do this. I got to go. Come on. I got a ton of work to do.
Nicky Nelson: You don't let me have any fun.
Emily: That's not true. I let you tear my labia as you exited my body, so you're welcome.
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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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It's a Sunshine Day
Written by Stephen McCarthy
Performed by The Brady Bunch
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Funny, dark with a few twists
21 August 2020 | by jrussell-926-620520See all my reviews

I'm compelled to review since the current rating of 6.8 vastly under estimates the fun factor of this movie. I found this title after watching Last Christmas which also starred Henry Golding. I assumed it was another chick flick but my husband acquiesced good-naturedly and ended up loving it as much as I did. The dialogue is clever and sometimes LOL funny and, while we did predict a couple of twists, it still delivered some surprises. Anna Kendrick shines as the unlikely "best friend" of Blake Lively. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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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:

$16,011,689, 16 September 2018

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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