A Simple Favor

‘She is an enigma, my wife. You can get close to her, but you can never quite reach her. She’s like a beautiful curse.’ /Sean Nelson in A Simple Favor/

What is the movie about?
Stephanie Smothers (played by Anna Kendrick) is a well-organised, a little shy single mother who is very serious about motherhood and her Youtube channel. Her son, Miles becomes friends with Nicky, whose mother seems very stylish and mysterious. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) has everything: the luxurious house, the best job as a PR manager of a fashion company, the handsome artist husband and a son. Everything seems perfect except Emily has some issues, for example hating if someones takes a photo of her. The two mothers start to bond and become the most unusual friends. But deep inside they both have something the other is very jelaous about. Emily often asks Stephanie to look for her son, because she is so busy with work all the time. And one day, Emily Nelson disappears.

And the story behind it…
Not long ago Blake Lively deleted all her Instagram posts and followed women whose name was Emily Nelson. Of course everyone started guessing and the upcoming movie already had major attendance and the guessing started. Is this a true story? And if it is, what happened to Emily?
The answer will be disappointing.
The movie is based on Darcey Bell’s novel with the exact title and the writer was influenced by Edgar Ellen Poe and Patricia Highsmith. She previously worked as a preschool teacher and she was inspired by the mothers she met.

What did I like about the movie?
Although the movie is cathegorised as mystery thriller, for me it rather seemed like a tragicomedy, principally the ending of the movie. But I promise I stop here and won’t spoiler anything.
It has similar features to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story is not easy to predict and mood rises with every detail that comes out.
With the movie’s sarcastic tone I also think it wants to slap the face of rich people with a huge mirror showing how their fancy life is so fake.
The French songs that appear in the movie are amazing, I still listen to them a lot.
And last but not least let us not go further without taking a look at Blake Lively’s fabulous clothes!

To whom would I recommend it for?
To everyone who likes thrillers or psychological dramas.
For a Saturday night with the girls.

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