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 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