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|Original title:||A Simple Favor|
|Genre:||Thriller, Comedy, Drama|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 117 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Single Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) really does everything to be a good mother: she takes over all kinds of tasks at school events, shares her experiences in a mommy blog and cares devotedly for her son. But social contacts are not taken seriously and so Stephanie is a bit surprised when of all people the extravagant fashion PR boss Emily (Blake Lively) invites her for a drink. Between the two completely unequal women something like a friendship actually develops and therefore Stephanie doesn't hesitate long when she asks Emily one day for the little favor to pick up her son Nicky from school. But Emily doesn't show up that day to take Nicky home with her. And also in the next days she remains disappeared. Stephanie helps Nicky and Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding) to survive the uncertainty as best she can. But where's Emily? And what happened to her?
After comedies like "Brautalarm", "Taffe Mädels" or the controversial "Ghostbusters"-Reboot director Paul Feig shows with "Nur ein kleiner Gefallen" a different side of his talent. The film version of Darcey Bell's novel is a thriller full of twists and turns with gloriously satirical elements, in which a suburban idyll is disenchanted and helicopter parents as well as the fashion industry are taken for a ride. The pleasant thing about it is that Feig does without the typical humor of the Hau-Drauf and rather goes to the point in a subtle way. Wonderfully cynical dialogues and slightly overdrawn characters make this movie a hell of a pleasure to watch.
Anna Kendrick is a perfect super mother and mommy blogger. But as good as she plays, the star of the movie is Blake Lively, even though she is only relatively short compared to Kendrick. As an uninhibitedly honest PR manager with a penchant for high-percentage and an extremely pointed tongue, the "Gossip Girl" is a real revelation. So the scenes in which the completely different worlds of Stephanie and Emily meet are the big highlights of this entertaining thriller.
How the story and especially Stephanie evolve, seems like the actual resolution is constructed. And yes, there are also some inconsistencies. However, this doesn't change the high entertainment value of the movie, which not only has a lot of malicious wit, but also a little bit of tension to offer. You can say for sure: Do yourself a favour and buy a ticket for this movie. If you like American suburban satire and appreciate light Hollywood entertainment with bite, you've come to the right place. Absolutely worth seeing!
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