A Simple Favour

A Simple Favour

A Simple Favour

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) leads this missing person mystery as a mummy vlogger in a small town trying to discover the truth behind the disappearance of her incredibly cool but enigmatic new friend, played by Blake Lively (The Shallows). From director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), based on the novel by Darcy Bell and co-starring Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding.

2018Rating: M, Sex scenes, violence, drug use & offensive language117 minsUSA
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A Simple Favour / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

On first impression, a thriller is an unlikely genre for director Paul Feig to tackle, but with his last comedy outings not unconvincingly weaving in police work (The Heat), spying (Spy) and the busting of ghosts (Ghostbusters), he’s managed to play in a few different sandpits along the way. Matters also make more sense considering the Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively-starring A Simple Favour feels more lurid semi-comic noir than stylised, grimy Fincher.

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Variety

Variety

The film feels a lot like the Serge Gainsbourg number that Stephanie dances to in the kitchen: jazzy, a little sleazy, and worth a cult following.

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Total Film

Total Film

Paul Feig makes a slight gear change for a slick thriller that's best enjoyed with a martini in hand.

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Stuff

Stuff

Thrown [sic] in a so hip it hurts soundtrack infused with vintage pop tunes and the result is a sassy little stylish thriller that's one of the surprise delights of 2018.

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Stuff

Stuff

Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) gives his stars plenty of space to work their magic and gets the acidity levels exactly right.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively combine well in this stylish comedy-thriller. It remains captivating enough despite never entirely cohering.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

As bright and bracing as an ice-cold gin martini with a lemon twist, and just as satisfying.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The movie never sheds its aura of talented people trying to class up cheap material.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

All that remains by the end is a soft-headed, sour-hearted farce where you can sense even the cast and crew wish the whole thing was over already.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

...classy in its aesthetic, crisp in its framing and delivery, and confrontational yet seductive in its mood.

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