Hey, Higher East Siders. Gossip Lady right here. And I’ve the most important information ever: Noticed spiraling uncontrolled in a new thriller film: Serena van der Woodsen (a okay a Blake Energetic).
In “A Simple Favor,” Serena performs a gin-soaked, fashion-forward, emotionally distant, absentee mother. Sound acquainted?
OK, I’m no Gossip Lady. And Serena van der Woodsen is Energetic’s character from that CW present, not a actual individual. However Energetic’s new film performs similar to a Season 6 episode of the teenager cleaning soap, through which she portrayed an aloof social gathering lady with a merciless streak.
Which means: It’s a lot of enjoyable . . . till it turns into a thriller thriller so convoluted and tonally wacky, Angela Lansbury would have stop in a huff.
“A Simple Favor” is set in suburban New York, the place Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a widowed mommy vlogger. Basically, she tells a few YouTube viewers about cute methods to make use of glitter glue. Dorky Stephanie is the whole reverse of Emily (Energetic), a formidably trendy NYC vogue publicist, whom she turns into mates with by their school-age sons.
Emily plies her new home pal with every day martinis at her ultramodern residence, and the drunk duo admits to damning secrets and techniques about their pasts. Then: Emily goes lacking after asking her pal to observe her child for a few hours. This movie: Not so easy.
This is director Paul Feig’s most critical film thus far. He’s higher identified for comedies equivalent to “Bridesmaids” and “Spy.” His crutch right here, predictably, is laughter. So, on one aspect you’ve acquired a devastated child whose mother has disappeared, and on the opposite a broadly comedian film. It’s awkward.
“A Simple Favor” is, nonetheless, one other triumph for Henry Golding, a breakout star of this summer season’s “Loopy Wealthy Asians.” As Emily’s writer husband, the British Golding stands round, acts charming and reveals an oz of concern for his spouse. We couldn’t ask for extra.
Energetic, for what it’s price, is good right here too. Vicious socialite is a function she’s performed earlier than and can play once more. She’s the Clint Eastwood of big-city privilege. Kendrick, although, is too perky and overblown — a little bit of a showoff, actually.
As Kendrick’s Stephanie tries to seek out her buddy, the convoluted plot makes “Gone Lady,” one other missing-woman movie, appear like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”