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A Simple Favor

Anna Kendrick is Stephanie, a super-perky, Type A single mother who dispenses handy tips, from origami floral bouquets to zucchini choc-chip cookie recipes, via her ‘Hello Moms!’ parenting vlog. But she also has a dark side, which is awakened when she encounters the dangerously sexy Emily (Blake Lively), a stiletto-clad career mother who has a tailored wardrobe to die for and whose idea of starting a play date is: “Do you drink? I need a martini.”

Poster for the dark comedy A Simple FavourStephanie is smitten. She adoringly becomes Emily’s unpaid nanny. One day Emily requests ‘a simple favour’ – can Stephanie pick up her son from school again? Then she never comes to collect him. Has Emily bolted? Or is something more sinister afoot?

While Feig’s neo-noir soap opera fizzes with comedy camp, Jessica Sharzer’s script is spiked with acid wit and chilling nastiness. Together they shake up a potent postmodern cocktail with panache. In a year where mums on screen are having a moment, with the likes of Hereditary, Tully, and Incredibles 2 portraying motherhood in all its extraordinary horror and heroism like never before, A Simple Favor plants another delectable, if possibly poisoned, cherry on the cake.

– Larushka Ivan-zadeh, Metro

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