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A Simple Favor also known as “A Simple Favour,” “Un pequeño favor,” “Um Pequeno Favor,” “L'ombre d'Emily,” “Nur ein kleiner Gefallen,” “Egy kis szívesség,” “Väike teene,” “Missä on Emily?,” “Zwyczajna przysluga,” “Un piccolo favore,” “Um Pequeno Favor,” “Kucuk Bir Rica,” “Slatka mala tajna,” «Проста послуга», «Простая просьба», «Лесна услуга»

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for sexual content and language throughout, some graphic nude images, drug use and violence.
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Primary Audience:
Crime Mystery
1 hr. 57 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 14, 2018 (wide—3,000+ theaters)
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Featuring: Blake LivelyEmily
Anna KendrickStephanie
Henry Golding … Sean
Linda Cardellini
Rupert Friend
Jean Smart … Mrs. McLanden
Eric Johnson … Davis
Kelly McCormack … Stacy
Andrew Rannells …
Sarah Baker … Maryanne Chelkowsky
Gia Sandhu … Valerie
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Director: Paul Feig—“Ghostbusters” (2016), “Spy” (2015), “The Heat” (2013)
Producer: BRON Studios (BRON Creative)
Feigco Entertainment
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Distributor: Lionsgate Films

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A SIMPLE FAVOR centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.”

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Secular Movie Critics
…If “Double Indemnity” were a hangout movie, this would be its sequel. It’s delicious. …
Allison Shoemaker, Consequence of Sound
…For all its ludicrous plot twists and a mystery that falls too conveniently into place, A Simple Favor is just fun. It's light and frothy. …
Randy Cordova, The Republic (Phoenix AZ)
…The film feels a lot like the Serge Gainsbourg number that Stephanie dances to in the kitchen: jazzy, a little sleazy, and worth a cult following. …
Amy Nicholson, Variety
…Once “A Simple Favor” hits the first of several I-can’t-believe-they-went there moments (there are a few too many), it loses some of its lure, and Feig never quite regains tonal control. But you won’t be bored by this. …
Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out Chicago
…“A Simple Favor” wants it both ways, hoping to be a stylish, twisty, trashy thriller while simultaneously acting superior to the genre’s slinky pleasures. Those conflicting strategies do the film no favours. …
Tim Grierson, Screen International
…Sly and sweet with an acid finish, “A Simple Favor” is a female-friendship comedy with neo-noir ambitions. …“A Simple Favor” starts stalling out as the narrative feints and dodges increase. …For the most part, though, the drawn-out payoff doesn’t deliver on the story’s setup or its characters’ juicy potential. …
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
…It’s a lot of fun… until it becomes a mystery thriller so convoluted and tonally wacky, Angela Lansbury would have quit in a huff. …
Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
…A twisted tale of toxic female friendship, the film offers its share of pleasures: eye candy in human, sartorial and real-estate form, as well as the unmistakable flair of a director and performers who know their way around a piece of pop entertainment. But the result leaves you scratching your head. …
Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter