A Simple Favor review

A Simple Favor is a movie from 2018 starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. It was directed by Paul Feig, and people had high expectations for the movie before watching it. Did they end up disappointed, or was the movie just as good (or even better) than people expected?

I came to the cinema with great expectations as I got ready to watch A Simple Favor. It sounded really promising, and I expected an exciting movie that would be packed with intensity, smart movies, and a tricky plot. Well, the movie kind of gave all of this to me, but still, I left the cinema quite disappointed. And, I am not the only one who felt that way.

A Simple Favor feedback in general

Based on more than 100,000 votes on IMDb, the movie currently has a rating of 6.8. That is an okay rating, but not at all an especially good one.

The Rotten Tomatoes audience has been fairly nicer to the movie, and it has an 85% critics score, while the audience score is 73%. Now, these scores might give you a hint about the quality of a movie, but I have often discovered that I don’t agree with such ratings at all, so let me share with you my thought about the movie!

My thoughts on A Simple Favor (2018)

A few words about the story (no spoilers)

Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) plays the role of a naive mother who meets up with Blake (Emily Nelson). The latter is a rich person, she has everything, she has style, she has a nice house, and everything seems to be extremely perfect. Stephanie enjoys the relationship, but one day Blake just disappears. What is going on? Stephanie is out on a quest to discover what has happened, and together with the husband of Blake (whom she somehow likes a bit too much), they try to understand what is going on.

You can watch A Simple Favor on Amazon Prime
You can watch A Simple Favor on Amazon Prime

Great potential without the power to reach its destiny

When I went to the cinema to watch A Simple Favor, I had watched another movie a few weeks earlier named Searching. It was a kind-of similar movie, and the plot reminded me of A Simple Favor. The only difference was that Searching was more of a B-movie with no big names, while A Simple Favor has Anna Kendrick and a bigger Hollywood budget.

But, as I left the cinema, I knew for sure that I preferred Searching to A Simple Favor. It is hard to put words on what I didn’t like about A Simple Favor, but it just felt as if it never managed to come through. It had such great potential, but for some reason, it remained flat and almost boring.

And as the movie came to an end, I also felt as if the plot in itself ended up being quite boring.

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A Simple Favor review

A Simple Favor rating

I would give this movie a 5/10 score. It should have been way better, but at the same time, it could have been way worse!


A Simple Favor can now be streamed on Amazon Prime in the United States. I don’t know for how long it will be available on the platform, so if you have the intention of streaming the movie, I strongly suggest that you get started straight away!