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A Simple Favor | 2018 | R | - 7.5.10

Why is "A Simple Favor" rated R? There's nudity and sexual encounters, some violence without significant gore, more than 50 F-words and other profanities and lots of cocktail drinking. Read our parents' guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A widow (Anna Kendrick) with a young son befriends a woman (Blake Lively) who seems to have it all, until one day she disappears. Through the investigation we discover that everyone around her is apparently keeping secrets. Also with Ian Ho, Joshua Satine, Glenda Braganza, Andrew Rannells, Kelly McCormack and Aparna Nancherla. Directed by Paul Feig. We hear a few songs in French without subtitles or translation. [Running Time: 1:57]

A Simple Favor SEX/NUDITY 7

 - A woman confesses to having sex with her half-brother as we see them undress (we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and upper buttocks) and kiss; they lie back on a bed and he thrusts on top of her as she moans. A woman rubs a man's arms and they hug, then nearly kiss but pull away, then they kiss passionately and have sex: we see the man shirtless (his back, chest and abdomen are shown) as he lies on top of the woman, kisses down her clothed chest to between her legs as she moans. A wife and her husband kiss on an airplane and she tells him to meet her in the bathroom where they have sex (we see him thrusting and we hear that they conceived a child).
 A woman removes her clothing as she runs toward a lake and jumps in (we see back, buttocks and legs and we see her pubic region and breasts through the water). We see a painting of a fully nude woman several times and a few are in close up (we see pubic hair, abdomen and bare breasts). We see several paintings of a nude woman in various poses (breasts, abdomens, buttocks, legs and her pubic region are seen). A woman wears a low-cut vest that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a low-cut tank top and shorts that reveal cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman tries on another woman's low-cut evening gown (we see cleavage, bare shoulders and back.
 A husband and his wife kiss several times in front of another woman. A man kisses a woman's cheek and says, "We should get naked." Two teens kiss at a campfire. Two women kiss romantically.
 A woman grabs a man by the crotch and he flinches. A woman slaps another woman on the clothed buttock as she walks by. A woman finds a sex aid in the drawer of a closet.
 A husband confronts his wife and asks if their son is his or someone else's; he says, "You act like lovers." A man says that sex with a woman, "Was just sex." A woman tells a man, "I don't do threesomes." A woman confesses to having sex with her husband and his teaching assistant. A woman accuses her young son of tearing her labia as he exited her body. A woman says that a man and his wife have, "More chemistry than a science fair."


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A Simple Favor VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 - A woman shoots a man in the shoulder and we see blood and a bullet hole in his shirt. A woman holds a gun on a man and a woman and shoots the man in the chest (we see blood on his shirt); another woman kicks him in the side and tells him to get up.
 We see a car slam into a cement divider at high speed crumpling the entire front end as we hear that two men died in the crash (we do not see the result and this scene is repeated several times). A woman drowns another woman in a lake (we see the struggle as one woman holds the other underwater and we see splashing). A woman runs into a street and she is struck by a car; she is thrown into the air and lands on the road with a bloody face.
 We hear that a car was found in a lake and we see a body being pulled out of the water (we see the skin discolored and the eyes hazy). We hear that a man and a teen girl were killed in a house fire and we hear screaming as the house is shown engulfed in flames. A woman drives through a red light and slams on the brakes before being struck by other cars; two boys in the backseat yell at her. A woman holds a gun on a man under a table and pulls the trigger (it is not loaded). A woman throws a wrench in the air and it lands on her face (we see her face bloody and bruised later). A boy shoves another boy to the ground, straddles him and punches him several times before his father pulls him away (we see the beaten boy with a bloody nose).
 A man with a shotgun speeds after a woman and taps the car window with the gun in a threatening manner (it's all OK). A woman becomes angry when another takes her picture and threatens to slap an injunction on her if she doesn't delete it. A woman punches a man in the crotch and he doubles over in pain. A woman slams large knives into a table a couple of times and then waves a knife toward another woman's face while they talk. A woman throws a computer and a soda can after becoming upset. We see a part of a home has been burned and the charred exterior is shown.
 Police break a door open where three people are smoking marijuana and drinking wine. We hear that a woman broke her hip and see her in a hospital bed. A woman sneaks into an office to get information about a woman; she is confronted by two men who ask her questions until she is rude to one man and insults him. A woman is startled when a police detective shows up at the door to ask questions about a woman's disappearance. A man grabs his teenage daughters by the arms and drags them away from a gathering with their friends.
 A woman empties clothing from a closet and is startled when it is all back in its place later. A young boy says that he saw his mother (she's dead) in a few scenes and gives another woman an envelope from her. A woman cuts herself out of a dress using large scissors (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details).
 A woman records several messages for a Vlog where she talks about her best friend being missing and the status of the case. A woman talks about a mother of three found dead with her head in a trash can after meeting someone through a dating app. A woman talks about her father dying when she was in high school. A man talks about people going missing for more than 72 hours and that they are invariably dead. A man talks a about a woman having stolen a valuable family heirloom from his mother. A woman tells a man to choose between his mother and her. A woman talks about being suspected of "offing" a sibling in the womb. We hear that a child was stillborn. A woman finds a handgun in a closet. A woman talks about her child coming "straight from hell" and that "some children are born evil." We hear that a man was deported for having committed spousal abuse. A woman calls another woman and tells her that she has an emergency and asks her to pick up her young son form school. A police detective says that neighbors said a couple fought a lot before the woman disappeared. A woman says that she would, "Blow her brains out." A woman says lies are bad for the heart. A woman talks about having an "oopsy jar" for when someone swears. A woman says that it is a female habit to apologize for everything. A woman talks about being on the verge of bankruptcy. A receptionist in an office answers repeated calls and ignores a woman standing at her desk. A reference is made to a woman about "Stopping the Apocalypse." People say, "We were making fun of you," to a woman in a few scenes. Two boys play fight with action figures and one says, "I murder you."


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A Simple Favor LANGUAGE 10

 - About 55 F-words and its derivatives, 2 obscene hand gestures, 18 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for lesbians, name-calling (bad parent, silly, little dude, brother [F-word derivative deleted], pervert, insane, sexy, cliché, crazy, psycho, con artist, rude, prude, lousy, mean, ridiculous, naïve, walking yeast infection, sister killer, pathological liar, thief, loser, tacky), exclamations (oopsy, gosh, heck yeah, shut-up), 26 religious exclamations (e.g. God Rest Her Soul, Oh Christ, For The Love Of Job, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, Gift From Heaven, Thank God, Oh My God, God, Christ, Oh God, a reference to a lake being Holy Water). | profanity glossary |


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A Simple Favor SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man jokes that a woman must put crystal meth in her meatballs, a woman injects herself in the arm (presumably with heroine) and we see a little blood, there are a couple of references to marijuana, a woman smokes from a large bong, and we hear that a woman had tracks on her arm and between her toes from heroine. A woman carries a bottle of gin and mixes martinis for herself and another woman and they drink in several scenes, a woman drinks a large glass of gin with a squeeze of lemon and a spritz of vermouth in one gulp, a woman shakes a cocktail shaker and pours two martinis in a few scenes, a man and a woman drink whisky in a few scenes, a man makes what he calls "hangover smoothies" and gives them to two young boys, a woman drinks from a bottle of liquor, a reference is made to a woman being a heavy drinker and that she had liver damage, a woman drinks from a bottle of gin, and a woman talks about having a real martini with frozen gin and a frozen glass.


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A Simple Favor DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - Death of a loved one, lying, secrets, incest, murder, parenting, bankruptcy, friendship, everybody has a dark side, writer's block, Facebook, guilt, social media, grief, honesty, multiple births, gaslighting, arson, loneliness, spousal abuse, revenge.

A Simple Favor MESSAGE

 - People do terrible things to get what they think they want.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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