The Bisexual Energy of Paul Feig’s Suburban Noir ‘A Simple Favor’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

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After an amazing August filled with unusual titles like Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy CampersShiva Baby, and Stoker, last week Trace and I kicked off our latest theme month on Erotic Thrillers. First up: DePalma’s Dressed to Kill.

For week two, we’re headed into unorthodox territory with a contemporary example: Paul Feig‘s bisexual suburban noir, A Simple Favor.

In the film, Anna Kendrick plays mommy Vlogger Stephanie, who befriends enigmatic and enrapturing Emily (Blake Lively). On the surface, Emily has a perfect life: a wardrobe to die for, a hot husband in Sean (Henry Golding), and a high powered job. But when Emily goes missing and Stephanie is left to pick up the pieces, the apologetic single mother suddenly finds herself playing amateur detective to solve the case.

What she discovers is pure Erotic Thriller…albeit wrapped in the glossy candy-colored spectacle of suburbia.

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Episode 248 – A Simple Favor (2018) feat. Emily Gagne

Raid the closet for tear-away suits and make a “real” martini because we’re talking about Paul Feig’s suburban noir, A Simple Favor (2018).

Joining us is Dread Central writer and We Really Like Her co-host Emily Gagne, who needed a second screening of the film to warm to its bisexual charms.

Up for discussion: “pretty” girls Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, shockingly casual incest, Henry Golding’s career as a side piece, why this film qualifies as an Erotic Thriller, and *lots* of tangents about women-centric performances and films, including Letterboxd’s High Risers, Cruel Intentions, and Legally Blonde.

Cross out A Simple Favor!

Coming up on Wednesday: Our month of erotic thrillers continues as we shift into neo-noir territory with the Wachowski sisters’ crime film,  Bound.

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