A SIMPLE FAVOUR

Cert 15 117mins Stars 4

Deception is the key ingredient to the success of this breezy and hugely entertaining black comic thriller.

Tasty family secrets are revealed when a wholesome single mom investigates the disappearance of her outrageous best friend.

Anna Kendrick is best known from from the Pitch Perfect series, and knowingly trades on her girl-next-door persona as Stephanie, a paragon of domestic virtue who offers domestic cooking tips on her video blog.

This is in stark contrast to the AWOL power-dressing and martini swilling PR executive, Emily, a role in which Blake Lively is an absolute blast.

And direct from his swoony turn in romcom smash, Crazy Rich Asians, Henry Golding appears as Emily’s husband, who accepts Stephanie’s shoulder to cry on.

It’s confidently directed by Paul ‘Bridesmaids’ Feig who accentuates the sharp and funny dialogue by using French pop tunes and a bold colour scene, and creates a twisted delight which is as dark and delicious as one of Stephanie’s chocolate brownies.

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