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Rating: 6.5/10 by 353 users

A Simple Favor (2018)

Mommy vlogger Stephanie joins her best friend Emily’s husband, Sean, to investigate her sudden disappearance from their small town.

  • Paul Feig
  • Myron Hoffert
  • Derek Robertson
  • Daniela Saioni
  • Paul Feig
  • Darcey Bell
  • Jessica Sharzer
Release Date: Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Rating: 6.5/10 by 353 users

Alternative Title:
L'Ombre d'Emily - FR
Une petite faveur - CA
어 심플 페이버 - KR
เพื่อนหาย อย่าหา - TH
A Simple Favour - GB
부탁 하나만 들어줘 - KR

United States of America
Runtime: 01 hour 57 minutes
Budget: $20,000,000
Revenue: $87,054,892

Plot Keyword: based on novel or book, secret, small town, widow, female friendship, life insurance, best friend, missing person, blogger, missing woman, vlogger, missing friend

Anna Kendrick
Stephanie Smothers
Blake Lively
Emily Nelson
Henry Golding
Sean Townsend
Sarah Baker
Maryanne Chelkowsky
Ian Ho
Nicky Nelson
Cyndy Day
Funeral Guest
Kerry-Lee Finkle
Signing Teacher
Zach Smadu
Officer Blanco
Joshua Satine
Miles Smothers
Rupert Friend
Dennis Nylon
Jean Smart
Mrs. McLanden
Bashir Salahuddin
Detective Summervile
Andrew Moodie
Sergeant Molloy
Paul Jurewicz
Bobby Chelkowsky
Roger Dunn
Bruce Hargrave


First and foremost, this film feels like someone went to their local grocery store, grabbed a random three-dollar mystery novel off the checkout shelf, and decided to make it a movie with some extremely popular and attractive people. In other words, it's a silly mystery movie with crazy, zany twists and turns. Some of those twists and turns were easy enough to see coming, but some of them were straight out of left field. In addition to the entertaining twists, the film does a decent job of not taking itself seriously. The humor in the movie is peppered in during great moments. Some of it is cheesy, but if you're going to this film for a deep, thought-provoking film, don't. The characters themselves are all extremely exaggerated. Lively's Emily is over-the-top sophisticated, crass, and private to the point where she won't allow pictures or even paintings of her face. Kendrick's Stephanie is bubbly, eager, awkward, and overly friendly. The rest of the cast fills in the needs around them, and while the cast is filled with one-note characters, they fulfill the needs well. Golding's Sean was my least favorite, but mainly because he doesn't have a defined archetype in a film filled with single-aspect characters. The biggest issue with the film is the plot itself. Emily contradicts herself with the motive for her faking her own death. She tells Sean that she did it for him and for Nicky. Then she says she did it for her. On top of it all, she doesn't appear to have a plan to get the insurance money after it comes through. The film could have easily alleviated all of these issues with a quick scene or a line about fake passports for Emily and Nicky. All in all, A Simple Favor is a fun romp filled with crazy twists and turns, humor, and great acting. Don't think too much about the film itself, and just go have some fun. It's definitely worth a getaway matinee.