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A Simple Favor

  • 2018
  • R
  • 119min
  • 86%
  • 6.9 / 10

Stephanie is a single mom in a small town who has a vlogging channel. She is befriended by Emily, a mysterious upper-class woman whose child also attends the same elementary school as Stephanie’s son. Stephanie takes it upon herself to investigate the sudden disappearance of Emily, broadcasting the investigation in her vlogs.

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Blake Lively steps into a psychopathic, bad-mouthed, drinker’s shoes. The character of Emily Nelson was a stretch for Lively, who is known as the star of Gossip Girl, as well as the wife of X-men trainee Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool). She revealed that she uncovered deep repressions in her life in order to get into the headspace of Emily. Mysteries surround her character in the film, and every hidden agenda was cloaked behind Emily’s tailor-made suits. Lively is to be credited for Emily’s penchant for suits, coming to the film’s costume designer Renée Ehrlich Kalfus with the idea to dress her character always in pant suits. Lively went even further in her involvement with wardrobe, approaching Ralph Lauren and asking them for their archival collections. Photographer Helmut Newton was a significant inspiration for Kalfus. Blake Lively deleted her Instagram profile and wore suits during a five-month period in order to advertise the film. She upped the ante and unfollowed her husband as well as going on a following spree of every Instagram user that was named Emily Nelson.


about the movie

A Simple Favor is a mystery thriller directed by Paul Feig, adapted from Darcey Bell’s novel of the same name. Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart all star in the film. Lionsgate released A Simple Favor during September 14, 2018. The critic consensus was generally positive, praising the plot twists and Kendrick and Lively’s performances. It has gone on to earn over $97 million worldwide.