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by John Andrew (subscribe)
I enjoy "fine dining", presenting programs on radios 4MBS, MBS Light and 4RPH and going to drama and music at Brisbane theatres.
Published September 13th 2018
A dazzling rollercoaster ride of a movie


Your aged reviewer saw A Simple Favor with a twenty-something reality check and we both thought that it was engaging, enthralling, quirky, original, over the top, and funny.

One of the best films so far this year.



We begin with a charmingly cringe-worthy tiny mommy blogger (Anna Kendrick) sharing with us that her best friend (Blake Lively) is missing. Said best friend is tall, model-girl beautiful and with a tongue that can lacerate anything or anyone that she encounters. Domestically disinterested and possessed of a stunning wardrobe of designer chic costumes, she is married to a one-hit wonder novelist husband (Henry Golding, the heartthrob from Crazy Rich Asians) who seems afflicted by a terminal case of writer's block, which has not prevented him signing a four million dollar life insurance policy, inspired, he tells us, by Anna Kendrick's husband and brother having died in a spectacular car accident. Sweet Anna confides that all was not as it seemed between herself and both men before they died.



The plot continues its convoluted way – improbable, certainly, but sufficiently self-aware to be both engaging, and frustrating, violent and funny. Quentin Tarantino meets Alfred Hitchcock.



The sheer brilliance of the quirky characterisation – we always want to see more – helps us to accept the roller-coaster plot. Yes, there are some flaws, but to dwell on them would be like taking a spade to a soufflé.



My reality check and I agreed that we both loved the tongue-in-cheek brilliance of A Simple Favor.

We saw A Simple Favor at Event Cinemas, Indooroopilly.

A Simple Favor, with Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart, Bashir Salahuddin, Rupert Friend. Directed by Paul Feig, from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. 116 minutes. Rated R


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Why? Tarantino meets Hitchcock
Where: Cinemas across Australia
Cost: $18
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