TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 25, 2018
Arguably the best director of female-driven character-based comedy, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) now turns his attention to adapting a rather salacious novel titled A Simple Favor. We covered the premise already when we saw the first teaser earlier this month, but think of it as Gone Girl from the point of view of the next door neighbor that Amy befriended—played in the film adaptation by Casey Wilson.
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are only two years apart in age, but they look closer to ten years because Anna's got a very naive look and Blake almost always plays high class women. They're both interesting actresses and based on the source material, it'll be fun to see them get a little sleazy.
Honestly the draw for me is Feig. I know he rubbed a lot of people wrong with his general attitude and demeanor while making and promoting Ghostbusters, but he's proven time and again to be a very canny director who excels with intimate, character driven stories.
While I don't know for sure, because audiences tend to be fickle, I would put money on this being a big hit this fall. A Simple Favor opens in theaters on September 14.