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A Simple Favour review: Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick dress to kill in a funny, stylish noir

A Simple Favour review: Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick dress to kill in a funny, stylish noir
20 Sep
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Dir: Paul Feig. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Eric Johnson, Jean Smart, Sarah Baker. 15 cert, 117 mins

Paul Feig continues his noble pursuit in A Simple Favour of fronting his films with Hollywood’s best female comics – previously Melissa McCarthy four times, in Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy and Ghostbusters, but also Kristen Wiig in two of those, and Sandra Bullock, hardly a slouch herself in the being funny department.

Offbeat, mid-budgeted and quite unlike any of the above, Feig’s comic thriller pairs Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, in a twisty story of sudden disappearance, Nancy Drew-ish sleuthing and plots hatched with ice-cold martinis at a raffish tilt. The double-crossing gets a wee bit congested in the late going, but the star turns power it through.

What’s refreshing up front is the spiky, uneasy circling – more that than bona fide friendship – between Stephanie (Kendrick) and Emily (Lively), who have sons at the same small-town school, but could otherwise hardly be more dissimilar. The former is a tragic try-hard – widowed, with a cookery vlog, and the target of daily mockery from fellow parents, for her habit of overdoing motherhood in every way possible.

Emily, on the other hand, is devastatingly aloof, needs a drink in her grip as soon as she gets home, and has an attitude to parenting which mainly consists of fleeing it: days after meeting Stephanie, she’s leaning on this needy supermom for pick-ups and play dates, before vanishing outright.

Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/simple-favour-review-blake-lively-anna-kendrick-dress-kill-funny/

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