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Drama - Crime

A Simple Favour (2018)

Elevator Pitch.

Stephanie, a single mom, vlogger and serial social volunteer, becomes friendly with Emily, a corporate high flyer, due the the friendship of their sons. The favor is that she has to collect Emily’s son from school and look after him for a day or two, but when Emily fails to collect her offspring Stephanie has to take action, visiting the design house where she worked and asking for help from her vlog visitors to find her.  When Emily’s body is recovered from a lake it seems to be all over but then spooky events begin to take place.


Stephanie and Emily do some hard drinking in Emily’s luxurious house. Stephanie carries out video blogs, as time goes on, keeping us up to date with events. She investigates the disappearance, including a visit to Emily’s place of work (hilarious) and develops a relationship with the abandoned husband. And then a lot of flashbacks which would be spoilers if  described. So drinking, a bit of nudity, minor violence, bad language and intense but non-revelatory sex.

A View This is a recent release which has been well liked by the critics and has already covered its costs. The plot would not survive too much scrutiny but it is universally agreed that Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively do a great job, so despite its failings well worth the ticket price. It is a lot of fun.
Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel of the same name by Darcey Bell.
Director Paul Feig
Writers/Script Jessica Sharzer
Starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Rupert Friend, Bashir Salahuddin
Additional Info There are said to be many differences between the film and the book, which might explain some of the plot holes.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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