A Simple Favor

‘Everybody has a dark side’

A Simple Favor

Mackenzie Noakes, Staff Writer


On September 14, 2018, A Simple Favor starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively hit theaters. The film is riddled with twists and turns from start to finish and you seem to leave the theatre questioning everything you thought was true.

The plot follows Stephanie Smothers (Kendrick), a quirky single mom who runs a mommy blog. One day her son, Miles, begs her to have a playdate with classmate Nicky. With a yes, Stephanie is then thrust into the world of the chic and beautiful Emily Nelson (Lively). In a whirlwind of martinis and secrets, the two unlikely friends seem inseparable. The mysterious Emily brings out the fun in nerdy Stephanie, yet the mystery seems to always keep Stephanie from seeing who her friend truly is. One day, Stephanie gets a call from Emily. Emily asks her a simple favor: would she mind picking her son up from school. Then Emily vanishes.

The story delves into the mystery of what happened to Emily. Stephanie begins to investigate the disappearance of her friend, uncovering secrets buried in the past. After many twists and turns, we finally get closure from the nagging questions that haunt the cast of characters.

“I thought  the movie started out very well,” senior Jensen Griffin said, “then it seemed to go down hill.” Though the movie was very good in some parts, the plot seemed all over the place, The movie, as some would say, seemed to bite off more than it could chew.

The ending almost seems to wrap up too nicely considering the the chaotic plot line. The movie seems to capture the feeling of a Noir thriller film with its postmodern, sophisticated aesthetic. The characters develop nicely from start to finish and the movie is well paced. In some places, the extravagance of the movie seemed too much and other scenes left you feeling slightly underwhelmed. The movie has been given a 83% on rotten tomatoes and has been very well received by the public. Though the movie has an R rating, you won’t be disappointed by one of the biggest spectacles Hollywood has produced.