‘A Simple Favour’

Lightweight but entertaining, A Simple Favour is an engaging comedy drama.

Suburban single mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect) gives cooking and homekeeping tips on her vlog and volunteers for just about everything at her son’s school. Yet she befriends the new-in-town glamourous, martini-drinking New York fashion executive, Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline, The Town). When Emily disappears, Stephanie sets out to help find her.

An unusually subtle approach to the material from director Paul Feig (Spy, Bridesmaids) reaps dividends. It’s all style and eye candy (Emily also has the trophy novelist husband in Henry Golding – Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentlemen) but genuinely funny at times – even if the narrative pushes its credibility in the final third of the film.

Rating: 61%


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