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A Simple Favor

Pssssstttt! Fellas. I have a little secret. If you want to earn brownie points with your lady, take her to see "A Simple Favor." I know, I know. You're probably groaning, saying, "Why would I want to go see a chick flick?" Because this one takes the genre and up-ends it. Not only is it a thriller, it's a funny, bending thriller with some snappy writing and lively performances.

Anna Kendrick is perfectly funny as Stephanie Smothers, who like her name smothers the internet with her perfect concoctions and creations for her mommy vlog. She's the mom who volunteers for everything in the classroom — much to the chagrin of the other parents who give delightfully witty analysis of the drama that transpires. While dishing out advice for Pinterest perfect treats, Stephanie also dishes on her friendship with Emily Nelson. Blake Lively delivers the liveliest performance (Come on, I had to say it) as Emily. She is the perfectly blunt, "martinis-before-5 p.m., fashionably clad, working mom" anti-thesis to Stephanie. Stephanie is a struggling widow, and Emily laments that her attractive, author husband (Henry Golding) is a one-trick pony. When Emily goes missing, it's Stephanie who tries to figure out where she's gone and what's happened to her as she and the husband get a little closer. It's a whodunnit that will keep you guessing. Guys, do yourselves a favor and go see it! Rated R for language and one prominently featured piece of "bad" art. 

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