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A stylish post-modern suburban noir centers around Stephanie Smothers, a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily Nelson's sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
Crime Drama Mystery - While at its core a mystery/thriller, this film also reflects
director Paul Feig's famously comic sensibility, here a bit more dry
and dark. Fans of Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding will definitely
enjoy, as will those of Blake Lively though her screen time is more
limited. Constant language plus sexual and violent content, as well
as adult themes such as incest, make
the film not for kids.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 16 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings; fights; drownings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana and frequent alcohol. ACTION: A car crash. COMEDY: Dark and suggestive verbal humor; cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Although there's admittedly some perverse entertainment value to be found in this soap-opera derived mystery, the movie never rises to the level of something gripping like Gone Girl. It's occasionally fun in a trashy sort of way, but nothing more.
Roger EbertFull Review Good It's suspenseful, but also hilarious. It's insightful about the head games women can play with each other, but it doesn't burden itself with trying to be "meaningful." It's not trying to "say something" about "how we live now" or anything like that. What a relief to watch a film unafraid of letting its hair down.
NY PostFull Review Average It's a lot of fun . . . until it becomes a suspense thriller so messy and tonally wacky, Angela Lansbury would have quit in a huff. ...on one side you've got a devastated kid whose mom has disappeared, and on the other a broadly comic movie. It's awkward.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average A Simple Favor haphazardly vacillates between suburban satire, goofy comedy, and dark, twisted psychological thriller. ...full of far too many unnecessary ingredients and constantly reminding us of similar but superior products.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 70 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved it, one enjoyed it very much and two felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Five females loved it, two enjoyed it very much and only one rated it as low as "good/average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male reviews vary a lot and are mostly in the average to above average range. As for the females, half loved "A Simple Favor," or enjoyed it very much, but the remaining half only rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: Forth-percent of the males loved "A Simple Favor," with another 30% rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The remaining 30% rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The ladies enjoyed it a bit more. Sixty-percent loved it with another 15% enjoying "A Simple Favor" very much. Only 20% rated it as low as "good/average." About 5% disliked it.