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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

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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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We all have secrets to hide. 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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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Bashir Salahuddin other credits include playing Keith Bang, the referee (and Cherry Bang's husband), on the series "GLOW." He's also written for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "The Last O.G." featuring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish. See more »

Goofs

Sean and Stephanie are talking over a couple of glasses of Laphroaig scotch. At one point, the glass disappears from Sean's hand and then in the next shot reappears. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Emily: Stephanie. I need your help.
Stephanie: Uh, are you okay?
Emily: I'm fine, but I do need just a simple favor. Can you come over?
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Connections

Featured in Film 24: Episode dated 21 September 2018 (2018) See more »

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Bonnie and Clyde
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg
Courtesy of Def Mercury Records France under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are the reason I enjoyed this film.
9 December 2018 | by TheTopDawgSee all my reviews

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively were sheer perfection in their roles, and I can't think of any other actresses that would have played their characters better (especially Kendrick's character). This film was a fun ride start to finish. The directing was perfect, the pacing decent and the length certainly didn't feel like almost 2 hours. However there were some plot issues in the third quarter and the final act of the film. I'm not sure if it was editing or cutting, but it just jumps into the fourth quarter from the third where I thought some additional elaboration was needed (don't want to spoil anything) and also near the end. I think an extra 10-15 mins added for those plot issues would have made this film near perfect. Nevertheless, a fun(ny), entertaining and enjoyable ride. 8/10 from me.


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