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At Theaters: 9/14/2018 On Video:
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601233
Studio: Lions Gate Films
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A stylish post-modern suburban noir centers around Stephanie Smothers, a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily Nelson's sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
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Crime Drama Mystery - While at its core a mystery/thriller, this film also reflects director Paul Feig's famously comic sensibility, here a bit more dry and dark. Fans of Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding will definitely enjoy, as will those of Blake Lively though her screen time is more limited. Constant language plus sexual and violent content, as well as adult themes such as incest, make the film not for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Anna Kendrick PITCH PERFECT 3, TABLE 19, TROLLS, THE ACCOUNTANT
Blake Lively THE SHALLOWS, THE AGE OF ADALINE, SAVAGES
Director: Paul Feig GHOSTBUSTERS, SPY, THE HEAT
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 16 S-words; 2 GD's; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex and unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings; fights; drownings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Marijuana and frequent alcohol.
ACTION: A car crash.
COMEDY: Dark and suggestive verbal humor; cute kid humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Although there's admittedly some perverse entertainment value to be found in this soap-opera derived mystery, the movie never rises to the level of something gripping like Gone Girl. It's occasionally fun in a trashy sort of way, but nothing more.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good It's suspenseful, but also hilarious. It's insightful about the head games women can play with each other, but it doesn't burden itself with trying to be "meaningful." It's not trying to "say something" about "how we live now" or anything like that. What a relief to watch a film unafraid of letting its hair down.

NY Post Full Review
Average It's a lot of fun . . . until it becomes a suspense thriller so messy and tonally wacky, Angela Lansbury would have quit in a huff. ...on one side you've got a devastated kid whose mom has disappeared, and on the other a broadly comic movie. It's awkward.

Slant Magazine Full Review
Average A Simple Favor haphazardly vacillates between suburban satire, goofy comedy, and dark, twisted psychological thriller. ...full of far too many unnecessary ingredients and constantly reminding us of similar but superior products.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 70 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
5
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
6
About 50/50
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
33
High
94%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 70 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved it, one enjoyed it very much and two felt it was a "good/average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Five females loved it, two enjoyed it very much and only one rated it as low as "good/average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male reviews vary a lot and are mostly in the average to above average range. As for the females, half loved "A Simple Favor," or enjoyed it very much, but the remaining half only rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
ADULTS: Forth-percent of the males loved "A Simple Favor," with another 30% rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. The remaining 30% rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The ladies enjoyed it a bit more. Sixty-percent loved it with another 15% enjoying "A Simple Favor" very much. Only 20% rated it as low as "good/average." About 5% disliked it.

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