A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor

Blu-ray Disc - 2018
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A mommy vlogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's sudden disappearance from their small town.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lions Gate Entertainment,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: BluRay
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Simple favor (Motion picture)

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rslade
Jan 08, 2020

I'm not sure they ever decided whether they were making a thriller or a comedy.

Loved everything about it. Very clever.

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Dec 03, 2019

Kinda all over the place as far as a coherent drama, or is it meant as a dramedy?? One is not sure until things turn a bit ugly near the end. Anna Kendrick has a meaty role, but thought her acting a bit uneven. Not bad, but not especially memorable either. BTS with director, Paul Feig is telling.

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LynJoan
Nov 18, 2019

I really liked the first half of the movie, superb. The second half... well, it seemed half baked or half hatched or perhaps they ran out of gas or steam or ideas or ability to keep the quality consistent. None-the-less, the sets are pretty, Blake is pretty and compelling, Anna does a great job and it offers escapism for a couple of hours. I just wish the script finished better.

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movie20
Nov 08, 2019

My kind of bizarre thriller/mystery movie. Anna and Blake were great. Nothing predictable about it.

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rainbow71113
Oct 29, 2019

After watching this fun movie I watched it again with the audio commentary by the actors and Paul Feig-this was the best audio I've ever heard. Most movies have the commentators just sit there making stupid comments-usually not about the show they are watching- and not even talking at all when they get lost watching the movie/episode & suddenly saying something like "oops we were supposed to be talking about that". That's not what I want from commentators, I want this one to be the format they all use-tons of great info, characterizations, and funny comments-have to say I almost enjoyed it more than the movie. LOVED the "I turned 30 on this day...."

ArapahoeTina Oct 26, 2019

A stylish and entertaining thriller/mystery that kept me guessing until the end.

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Maryrobak
Sep 08, 2019

Fun twists and turns, fun to watch.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jun 18, 2019

I really enjoyed this mystery/comedy. Watching two strong female leads, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, go head to head with each other was fantastic. I thought they were both outstanding. The movie is a mystery, with lots of twists and turns, but it is also a delightful dark twisted comedy. I loved everything about this movie. It is gorgeous to watch. The house where much of the movie is set is beautiful, and the costumes were wonderful. Were some of the twists a bit improbable? Sure, but the movie was so much fun I didn't care. Highly recommended.

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MichelleinBallard
Jun 16, 2019

I've liked Anna Kendrick in the "Pitch Perfect" films. It was very disappointing to see her in this for the ~20 minutes I could stomach. After I stopped I decided to see if the first portion was emblematic of the entire film. It appears so.

As one critic described it, "A Simple Favor" is "a tale that frontlines an alarming range of depravity – from alcohol and arson to adultery, heroin, murder, incest, betrayal and suicide." It's true people do depraved things to themselves and others but that's not especially funny and I don't see any reason to gratuitously flaunt that in an entertainment film. Movies like this lend credence to the notion of a "Hollywood cesspool".

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jimg2000
Mar 09, 2019

Emily, is missing right now. She asked me a simple favor, to pick up her son, Nicky, from school, which was five days ago.
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My dad died when I was a senior in high school. And this boy showed up to the funeral. His name was Chris. And I guess he was the spitting image of my father, 30 years younger. My mom thought she saw a ghost. And it turned out
he was my half-brother.
-That's your whole secret? That your dad had an affair?
No!
-Okay, can you just tell me your secret? Come on, spill it, dark side.
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Stephanie, go home. Emily had some Xanax in the medicine cabinet. Take one. Take two. Yeah. Maybe she has some heroin lying around. Hmm? This is all just grief. Just stages of grief.
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That's Squaw Lake! The kids all joke that it's holy water. Any fish you pull out of there is guaranteed to feed a multitude.

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