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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.

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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
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 Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed single mother who runs a blog with crafts and recipes. Emily (Blake Lively) is a busy working mother, a PR director for a fashion company, whose son Nicky attends the same elementary school as Stephanie's son, Miles. Emily and Stephanie become fast friends, arranging play dates for the boys. They trade confessions, and Stephanie admits that as a teenager, she had sex with her half-brother, Chris. Emily expresses her frustration at the lack of success of her husband, English professor Sean Townsend, and their poor financial situation. Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit Nicky, as Sean is in London. After two days of Emily not responding to calls, Stephanie calls Emily's employer, Dennis Nylon, and he tells her she is in Miami. Stephanie calls Sean, who calls the police. Emily had told both Stephanie and Sean that she hates having her picture taken, leading Stephanie to sneak into Emily's work and find a photo, which she ...

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It all started with... a simple favor 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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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:

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

Gross USA:

$53,542,417, 20 November 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

One of the reasons that Blake Lively wanted Emily to wear suits was because she wanted to differentiate Emily from the character she played on "Gossip Girl." Both characters are women in fashion from the Upper East Side. "I wanted it to be a very different look and vibe," she says. 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

Librarian: [to Stephanie, who just walked up to her desk ] Whaddya want, Cupcakes?
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Connections

References Diabolique (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A fun twisted ride
18 September 2018 | by AndreashairuSee all my reviews

Don't think about it. Just grab your bff and go. Get lost in the twist and turns. Admire the clothes and characters. Enjoy the music and martinis. It's not like anything that's come this way before. Go go go!


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