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A Road Map to A Simple Favor’s Dizzying Plot Twists

Three Slate critics spoil the thriller’s many surprises and revelations.

Anna Kendrick stands in a brightly lit kitchen, holding a phone to her ear.
Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor. Peter Iovino/Lionsgate

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss moviesthe occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in unrestrained, spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer, staff writer Inkoo Kang, and assistant editor Marissa Martinelli discuss A Simple Favor, the new thriller from Paul Feig. Critics are heaping praise on Blake Lively for her performance, but does Anna Kendrick deserve more credit than she’s getting? How many plot twists are too many plot twists? And does anyone in this movie know how to make a proper martini?

Listen to the discussion below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials, and you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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