Pavel Zlatin — 1851 Staff
Anna Kendrick is a primary female lead for “A Simple Favor”. Photo courtesy of Live For Films
A family, a house in the suburbs, a high-profile PR job, brilliant bartending skills and an excessive collection of Louboutins. Everything about Emily (Blake Lively) seems to be absolutely perfect, unless you make the mistake of becoming her friend– the mistake Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) did.
Paul Feig’s newest movie “A Simple Favor” was released on September 14. The movie follows the story of two suburban women: wealthy, elegant and poised Emily, and quirky middle-class single mother Stephanie. Emily’s life seems to be full of excitement, while Stephanie lives that perfect suburban lifestyle. The unexpected friendship between the two women starts after their sons ask them to have a playdate at Emily’s house.
Stephanie is quickly bewitched by Emily. The beginning of their friendship looks completely innocent: the two women share martinis and anecdotes, and only occasionally dig into their bleak pasts. Everything seems perfect about the characters’ dynamics.
However, after a simple favor, Emily disappears without a trace. Stephanie and Emily’s husband, Sean (Henry Golding) join forces in order to find her, but it quickly becomes clear that nothing is as simple as it seems.
Stephanie and Sean both realize that they don’t really know her. She has no other contacts and apparently no past. After Emily’s husband gives up, Stephanie takes matters in her own hands.
“A Simple Favor”is a pretty unusual movie. Paul Feig (“Ghostbusters,”“Spy,”“The Heat”) is known for his quirky satiric movies, and the only thing about “A Simple Favor”that is typical for Paul Feig is that it features strong female leads. Aside from stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, Jessica Sharzer (“The L Word,”“American Horror Story”) was a screenwriter for the show. Leads weren’t just limited to the film, original novel author is Darcey Bell.
The multiple teasers and trailers released over the summer were mysterious, so when the movie was released a veil was lifted. All in all, the movie has a lot of unexpected plot twists, is incredibly stylish, the characters are well-developed, and the casting is on point. “A Simple Favor”is anything but boring.