A Simple Favor is a 2018 American black comedy mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig.

Official trailers

Lionsgate Movies on Friday, July 13, 2018 released the trailer:
A Simple Favor (2018 Movie) Official Trailer - Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding.

Story intro

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed single mother who runs a vlog featuring crafts and recipes. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) is a PR director for a fashion company and whose son Nicky attends the same elementary school as Stephanie's son Miles. Emily and Stephanie become best friends, arranging play dates for the boys. Over martinis, they exchange confessions, where Stephanie admits that as a teenager, she had sex with her half-brother Chris. Emily expresses her frustration at the lack of success of her husband, English professor Sean Townsend (Henry Golding), and their poor financial situation. Emily has a work crisis and asks Stephanie to babysit Nicky while Sean is in London attending to his injured mother. After two days of Emily not returning her calls, Stephanie calls Emily's employer, Dennis Nylon, and they tell her she is in Miami. Stephanie calls Sean who calls the police. Emily had told both Stephanie and Sean that she hates having her picture taken, leading Stephanie to sneak into Emily's workplace and find a photo, which she uses to create missing person posters. Detective Summerville reports that Emily lied about flying to Miami and that she rented a car. A fan of Stephanie's vlog reports seeing Emily in Michigan and the car is discovered near a summer camp, where police find her drowned body in the lake. Stephanie and Sean develop a bond through grief and taking care of the boys, which turns into a relationship and Stephanie moves in with him. Detective Summerville later reveals to Stephanie that Emily had severe liver damage, a large amount of heroin in her system and that Sean had recently taken out a $4 million life insurance policy on Emily.


Anna Kendrick
Stephanie Smothers
Blake Lively
Emily Nelson
Henry Golding
Sean Townsend
Joshua Satine
Miles Smothers
Ian Ho
Nicky Townsend
Andrew Rannells
Linda Cardellini
Diana Hyland
Jean Smart
Margaret McLanden
Rupert Friend
Dennis Nylon
Eric Johnson
Dustin Milligan
Bashir Salahuddin
Detective Summerville
Glenda Braganza
Kerry Glenda
Kelly McCormack
Aparna Nancherla
Danielle Bourgon
Grace Smothers
Gia Sandhu
Paul Jurewicz
Bobby Chelkowsky
Sarah Baker
Maryanne Chelkowsky
Nicole Peters
Hope McLanden
Lauren Peters
Faith McLanden


The film A Simple Favor was scheduled to be released on September 14, 2018 (United States) and on November 8, 2018 (Germany) by Lions Gate Entertainment, 01 Distribution, BF Distribution, Belga Films, Constantin-Film, Entertainment One, Golden Village Pictures, Independent Films, Lionsgate UK, Metropolitan Filmexport, Mongkol Major, Nordisk Film, Pioneer Films, Pony Canyon, Pris Audiovisuais, Spentzos Films, StudioCanal, Eagle Films and GEM Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 117 minutes. With a budget of $20 million, the film grossed over $97.6 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


A Simple Favor got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

Official website: asimplefavor.movie

Wikipedia: A Simple Favor (film)

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