Watch at Home: ‘A Simple Favor’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 12/11/18 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):


Based on the book of the same name, Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor offers a charming fun comedic thriller with a side dish of mystery.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) is a vlogger who investigates the disappearance of her best friend, Emily Nelson (Blake Lively).  They met because of their children attending the same elementary school in their small Connecticut town.  Quickly becoming friends, Stephanie helps Emily’s husband, Sean Townsend (Henry Golding), during this time of crisis.

With a vlog at her hands, Stephanie uses it with the hope of finding Emily. Watching her follower count rise throughout the whole ordeal makes for an interesting subplot.  Between the cops and the vlog, authorities are able to track Emily’s location.  It’s not over for Stephanie though as she thinks there’s more here than meets the eye.  I don’t think it’s really a spoiler to say that we should expect twists and turns.

This is one of those films that is hard to discuss without entering spoiler territory.  Anyway, it’s one of the more charming entries of the Gone Girl universe if such universe is considered a thing.  If it isn’t, it ought to be.  It already follows the blueprint set forth by Gillian Flynn in the aforementioned Gone Girl.  Without diving into spoiler territory, Jessica Sharzer’s screenplay is very full of comedic charm.

Please click HERE for my full review.

As for new releases hitting Digital/VOD on December 18, the week will be headlined by my pick of All About Nina.

© Danielle Solzman (12/11/18) FF2 Media

Featured photos from A Simple Favor EPK.

Photo Credits: Lionsgate

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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