Your email address will not be published. Change ). Nicky demands a playdate with Stephanie’s son, Miles played by Joshua Satine. One day, Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school and watch him while she’s at work, and she doesn’t come back. He’s a bit soft, but knows what he wants — he may get kicked down but really rolls with the punches. Thematically, the film sits comfortably between bizarre psychothriller, biting suburban satire, and an earnest story about the complexities of female friendship. Review: ‘A Simple Favor’ is a better comedy…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), In final debate, Biden and Trump joust over handling of virus, Review: ‘A Simple Favor’ is a better comedy than thriller. Stephanie is kind of an unreliable narrator, she’s got a squeaky clean exterior that suggests something darker, and Emily has all kinds of secrets. It’s an adaptation of a poorly received novel by Darcey Bell, which has been compared unfavorably to. The trailers sell it as “from the darker side of Paul Feig,” but don’t let that fool you. Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) plays Emily Nelson, a Type-A PR exec from New York who definitely lives her life by no one else’s rules. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is back at it again, helming A Simple Favor, an adaptation of Darcey Bell‘s 2017 thriller novel by the same name.. The final twenty minutes has a mad grab energy which tries to be slick, but only exposes its overly antic plot developments. And big ups for women leads. Her character’s vociferous, unpredictable personality pairs well with Lively, and her jaunty way with an insult. While bits are grim. All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. You can already tell she is an overachiever mom who is living vicariously through her kid. It soon becomes apparent Emily has gone missing. View all posts by Matt Bullions. From the trailer you would think, this movie is a Single White Female meets Gone Girl type of missing/kidnapping murder mystery and who knows who did it. You think Sean the husband is lying, or maybe Emily lied all along. The condescending, witty repartee had me rolling. He now works as a Lit Professor at a university nearby. Aisha Jordan bio: Actor, Writer, Arts Administrator. Foundation in social justice theater and playing in the nerd and entertainment world. ( Log Out / suggests a departure from the kind of film director Paul Feig typically makes. She really reminds you what an underrated actress she is here, and you never know what she’s going to say or do next. And I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen Blake Lively this good, or the last time I’ve seen her have this much fun in a role. It gets bogged down, however, by its intricate plot, especially in the second half, when Emily’s many secrets come tumbling out, one after another. As Stephanie gets deeper and deeper into Emily’s designer goods, her wholesome persona comes into question, as does Sean, who ingratiates himself to Stephanie’s more “motherly” instincts after Emily disappears, as it’s clear he has problems looking after their son, Nicky. A Simple Favor suggests a departure from the kind of film director Paul Feig typically makes. From the trailer you would think, this movie is a Single White Female meets Gone Girl type of missing/kidnapping murder mystery and who knows who did it. The sets and costumes are incredible and there’s a consistent parade of vintage French pop songs that add to the mood in an effective way. Considering, in pure Hitchcock fashion, the film is equipped with its fair share of twists and turns, it struggles to feel complete. Feig pairs absurdist hilarity with shrewd seriousness in a way that few filmmakers can do to this effect, and oh, it looks pretty. Feig is responsible for all the good Melissa McCarthy movies from the last few years. Stephanie takes it upon herself to put the pieces of Emily’s enigmatic personality together, to get to the bottom of her relationship with her husband Sean (Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding) and find out what happened to Emily. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A Simple Favor is the dark comedy nobody was expecting. Mostly due to lead stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively and “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Henry Golding playing up the campier and trashier side of the screenplay. You can tell that screenplay writer Jessica Sharzer likes literature because the back and forth banter between Sean and Stephanie quoting certain text was carefully and expertly placed throughout the film. You can never quite put a finger on her character, and with Feig calling the shots that's not such a bad thing. Kendrick’s mommy-vlogger Stephanie Smothers (with a name like Smothers…) is a single mother to her son, Miles, as well as an avid volunteer at his school. ( Log Out / A good chunk of those ideas do land their mark, except Feig doesn't care if it throws us off balance in the process. Feig’s script, co-written with Jessica Henderson, embraces every ridiculous twist and is really winking and knowing in its over-the-top nature. You cannot expect anything less from Director Paul Feig, known for The Office and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. But the most surprising performance is Lively’s.
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