A Simple Favor does not disappoint on any of these fronts. It was masterfully directed by Paul Feig and stars silver screen alumnus Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.
The story is set into motion when mommy blogger Stephanie (played by Kendrick) and sophisticated fashion mogul Emily (played by Lively) meet while picking up their sons from school.
Their two children soon develop a friendship that forces the unlikely pair into each other’s worlds. Stephanie is awestruck by Emily and her elegant lifestyle and yearns to get closer to her. Thus, when Emily asks her to pick up her son from school one day, she automatically accepts. It’s this one “simple favor” that turns Stephanie’s life upside down and shakes her to her core.
When Emily doesn’t return the next day or the next, Stephanie knows that something terrible has happened. She begins to help the police in their enquiries, while developing a close relationship to Emily’s husband. Then, one day, Emily’s body is found and the case is closed.
However, Stephanie isn’t satisfied. As she goes deeper down the rabbit hole of Emily’s past she discovers secrets about her friend that make her question everything she knows, including her new romance with Emily’s husband. She is also forced to relieve some of her worst experiences and the scars that they have left.
Finally, after engrossing herself into Emily’s past she stumbles on the truth and it leaves her, along with the audience, reeling. Nothing and no one are as they seemed.
With a never-ending cast of suspects and motives, the audience is left guessing until the very end. The acting is beautifully done, and only adds to the suspense and thrill of the movie.
This is a film that will make the audience walk out in a daze, mystified by what they have just experienced.