A Simple Favor – ***1/2 OUT OF 4
Paul Feig is a wonderful commercial director whose last 4 films have made over 100 million dollars each( including “Bridesmaids”, “Spy”; “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” )and all have starred women and been in different genres.. His latest film, “A Simple Favor”, is a Hitchcockian suspense-comedy which entertains and delights. Feig who grew up in Michigan, got his big break in Los Angeles creating the 1999 TV series “Freaks and Geeks” about high school maladroits.
Anna Kendrick performs as Stephanie, a suburban widow and mother whose cosmopolitan girlfriend Emily(a never better Blake Lively) suddenly disappears. The soundtrack which is most unusual features 1960s French pop tunes. After Emily goes missing ,mommy blogger Stephanie begins to realize that Emily may be mixed up with some sinister people. Written with numerous clever plot twists by two up and coming women screenwriters, Jessica Sharzer and Darcy Bell, “Simple Favor” is one of the best films of the Dog Days of Summer.