A Simple Favor is based on the book of the same name by Darcey Bell. It follows the story of Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), the awkward widowed mother of Miles and her unlikely best friend, Emily (Blake Lively), the sophisticated and blunt mother of Nicky. They find friendship through their sons who attend the same school and become friends themselves.
Stephanie runs a local vlog where she gives ‘mom’ tips and isn’t well liked by the other parents of the school, so when she finds friendship in the enigmatic Emily, she’s ecstatic. I won’t go into too much detail with regards to the storyline but as the tagline suggests, “what happened to Emily?”. Emily goes missing after asking Stephanie the simple favour of picking up her son from school, her husband had to fly to his native London because his mother was in hospital and she has to deal with a work related issue. Emily then becomes unreachable and to all accounts vanished. Stephanie takes it upon herself to unravel the mystery of Emily’s sudden disappearance and we learn more about Emily’s past as much as we learn about the seemingly innocent Stephanie.
For the most part the film was enjoyable, the dialogue and chemistry between Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick was phenomenal however there were times where the story felt a bit too lost in itself, especially in the middle of the film. It does however pick itself back up and you leave the film wondering what did happen just now. Blake Lively for me personally was the outstanding member of the cast. She drew you in and made you like her, which is what the character is meant to do (again without spoiling the story).
All in all I found it to be an enjoyable and watchable film, with some good (albeit random) black comedy aspects to it.
I give it my personal Nat rating of 3.5 Henry Cavills out of 5.