Darcey Bell Biography & Facts
A Simple Favor is a 2018 American black comedy crime thriller film directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart and follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and elegant friend.
A Simple Favor was released in the United States on September 14, 2018, by Lionsgate. Critics praised the plot twists, and the performances of Kendrick, Lively and Golding. The film grossed $97 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. A sequel is in development, with Kendrick and Lively set to reprise their roles, and Feig returning to direct.
Widowed single mother Stephanie Smothers runs a vlog featuring crafts and recipes for parents. She becomes friends with Emily Nelson, the mother of her son's schoolmate and a PR director for a fashion company, and the two exchange confessions over martinis. Stephanie shares that as a teenager, she had sex with her half-brother Chris. Emily is frustrated by the lack of success of her husband, English professor Sean Townsend, and their (well-hidden) poor financial situation.
Stephanie babysits Emily's son while Sean is in London. After two days of Emily not returning calls, Stephanie learns from Emily's boss, Dennis Nylon, that Emily is in Miami. Stephanie calls Sean, who contacts the police. Trying to get to the bottom of Emily's disappearance, Stephanie makes missing person flyers using a photo of Emily that she found hidden on her desk.
Detective Summerville reports that Emily lied about flying to Miami, and that her drowned body had been discovered in the lake at a summer camp in Michigan. Stephanie and Sean share their grief and begin a sexual relationship. Summerville reveals to Stephanie that Emily had severe liver damage, a large amount of heroin in her system, and that Sean had recently taken out a $4 million life insurance on Emily.
Stephanie receives an insulting message apparently from Emily about her tryst with her half-brother Chris. Stephanie recalls that her late husband suspected her infidelity and may have intentionally caused the car crash that killed both him and Chris. Investigating Emily's past, Stephanie meets Diana Hyland, who seems to have been a lesbian lover of Emily and who had painted a portrait of Emily. Diana says that the painting is actually of her muse Claudia, whom she describes as a con artist who disappeared. Diana's information leads Stephanie to a yearbook that shows Emily to be a girl named Hope McLanden, and who had an identical twin named Faith McLanden. Stephanie visits Margaret, the mother of the twins, who explains that at age 16, the twins had set fire to the family house, killing their father.
Meanwhile, while Stephanie is away on these investigative trips, Emily surprises Sean by reappearing, and tells him that she plans to collect the insurance money and leave the country.
Stephanie later contrives to meet with Emily, and Emily explains that she and her sister indeed started the fire to kill their abusive father. The sisters fled separately with a plan to reunite later, but Faith didn't turn up as agreed. Emily then built a career and family but then, 14 years later, Faith reappeared. Now an alcoholic and heroin addict, Faith threatened to turn them both in to the authorities by confessing the patricide unless paid a million dollars by Emily. After assenting to the demand, Emily drowned Faith in the lake (as revealed to the movie audience), but Emily tells Stephanie that Faith committed suicide and that Sean planned the insurance scam.
Emily and Stephanie are both angered by Sean's relationship with the other and decide to frame Sean for abusing Emily. Sean is arrested and released on bail. Stephanie has a change of heart and stages an argument with Sean in front of Emily in order to incriminate her while police-planted microphones are recording the meeting. Stephanie fakes shooting Sean. Emily, having predicted their ruse and disabled the microphones, confesses her crimes while holding the pair at gunpoint, saying that she will stage their murder-suicide. Shooting Sean in the shoulder, she turns the gun on Stephanie, who reveals that a hidden camera is live-streaming the entire event on her vlog. Emily attempts to escape, only to be hit by a car driven by Stephanie's friend Darren. She is arrested immediately after.
Closing text says that Emily was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Sean's second novel was a bestseller and he became a successful professor at Berkeley. Stephanie is said to be dating another man. Her vlog has a million followers and is being developed as a TV show, and she is a part-time private detective. In a mid-credits scene, Emily is seen winning a basketball game in prison.
Anna Kendrick as Stephanie Smothers
Blake Lively as Emily Nelson / Hope McLanden and Faith McLanden
Nicole Peters & Lauren Peters as Hope McLanden and Faith McLanden (16 years old)
Henry Golding as Sean Townsend
Andrew Rannells as Darren
Linda Cardellini as Diana Hyland
Dustin Milligan as Chris
Jean Smart as Margaret McLanden
Rupert Friend as Dennis Nylon
Eric Johnson as Davis Smothers
Bashir Salahuddin as Detective Summerville
Aparna Nancherla as Sona
Joshua Satine as Miles Smothers
Ian Ho as Nicky Nelson
Kelly McCormack as Stacy
Sarah Baker as Maryanne Chelkowsky
Melissa O'Neil as Beth T.A.
Patti Harrison as Kiko
Corinne Conley as librarianProduction
In January 2016, it was announced that 20th Century Fox had bought the film rights to author Darcey Bell's novel A Simple Favor prior to the book's publication. The story was pitched as being similar to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Creative Artists Agency represented the movie rights in the deal with Fox.
In June 2017, it was announced that A Simple Favor would be extricated from 20th Century Fox and instead be distributed by Lionsgate. It was also announced that the film would be directed by Paul Feig, with Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively "in talks" for the lead roles. On July 26, 2017, Kendrick and Lively were confirmed, while Henry Golding joined the cast as the husband of Lively's character. Linda Cardellini was announced as having been cast in an undisclosed role in September 2017, and Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart, and Rupert Friend were later added.
A Simple Favor commenced principal photography on August 14, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The film was shot in the Univisium 2.00:1 aspect ratio on Panavision Millennium DXL 8K cameras.
The film was released on September 14, 2018.
On May 1, 2018, Blake Lively hid all pictures from her Instagram account to promote the film. The first teaser trailer was released on May 2, 2018, followed by the second teaser trailer, which was released on May 24.
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