A Simple Favor Influences

(Welcome to Classically Contemporary, a series where we explore the ways in which new releases echo classic Hollywood.)

Director Paul Feig is no stranger to reference and parody, with the strongest example being his 2015 James Bond-esque Spy. Feig enjoys playing with classic film genre and his best representation of the past is found in A Simple Favor.

Based on Darcey Bell’s novel, A Simple Favor follows mommy vlogger, Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), who falls into a fast friendship with the beautifully acid-tongued Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). Emily seems to have a wonderful life, but when she goes missing Stephanie quickly learns she didn’t know much about her new (and only) best friend.

This article contains spoilers for A Simple Favor.

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Paul Feig has become a major name in comedy over the years. His last four movies have been blockbusters: Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy and yes, Ghostbusters. To some, his latest movie, A Simple Favor, may seem like something different, but it’s more of a Paul Feig movie than you may be expecting.

Based on the novel by Darcey Bell, the story follows single mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), who becomes friends with Emily (Blake Lively) when their sons have a playdate. One day, Emily asks Stephanie to pick up her son during a work emergency. Emily never returns, and this is just as surprising to Emily’s husband (Henry Golding). The plot thickens and the trailer definitely teases the film’s twists and turns, but there are still moments for macabre humor and outright silliness.

Feig spoke with /Film by phone about his take on the thriller genre, what a Ghostbusters sequel might have been and development on the Play Doh movie. A Simple Favor is in theaters this Friday.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Video Essay

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explains why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great for those who haven’t caught on yet. Plus, relive every time Owen Wilson gives his signature “Wow” from 1996 through 2017, and listen as Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

hurricane florence box office

Update: Since 2 p.m. Wednesday, Hurricane Florence has dropped to a Category 3 storm.

With a Category 4 storm descending on south-eastern and mid-Atlantic states, going to the movies probably isn’t the first thing on people’s minds. And movie theater chains have that same thought.

AMC, Regal and other theater chains are set to shutter 50-60 locations over the next few days depending on the intensity of Hurricane Florence. And while the top priority for everyone in the region is to stay safe (our thoughts are with the readers and /Film writers in the area), it’s our job to talk about movie news. So: how is Hurricane Florence expected to affect this weekend’s box office returns and how are theater chains and studios preparing?

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A Simple Favor Review

Over the last decade, Paul Feig has established himself as a director who loves to work with talented women. From Bridesmaids to Ghostbusters to The Heat, he’s often excelled at capturing the uniquely spiky relationships modern women have with each other and themselves. At first glance, his choice to direct the suspense thriller A Simple Favor may seem inexplicable, since Feig’s other films are all straight-up comedies. But A Simple Favor, surprisingly to its detriment, is a movie as interested in being funny and self-aware as it is in being twisty and tense.

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The Predator Recap

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, get caught up on the Predator franchise before the latest installment arrives in theaters this week. Plus, meet the man behind the voice of Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too), and watch the pitch for Paul Feig‘s thriller A Simple Favor starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. Read More »

a simple favor trailer

There have been approximately ten thousand trailers for A Simple Favor, and now here’s another one! The film will introduce audiences to “the darker side of Paul Feig“, staging a Gone Girl-style mystery featuring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. Watch the latest Simple Favor trailer below.

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a simple favor trailer

Paul Feig is making the pivot from broad comedies to steamy thrillers with A Simple Favor, the latest Gone Girl-lite mystery adaptation making its way from the bookshelf to the big screen. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in the latest trailer, which teases us with the strange relationship between Kendrick’s mommy blogger and Lively’s mysterious glamazon.

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a simple favor trailer

Forget the wine: grab your martini glasses and get ready for the next steamy suburban thriller of 2018. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively star in the mystery thriller A Simple Favor, which looks like it’s the next lurid adaptation that will try to recapture the popularity of David Fincher’s Gone Girl.

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A Simple Favor movie

Paul Feig has been working in comedy for more than twenty years. Now the man behind Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, and the criminally underseen Melissa McCarthy film Spy is jumping genres – he’ll next direct a murder mystery called A Simple Favor that currently has Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Blake Lively (The Shallows) in talks to star.
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