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The Favor

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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You know what they say about favors never ask anyone to do something you wouldn't do yourself! Fromthe director of Mystic Pizza and Miss Congeniality comes a "funny, light-hearted comedy of errors" (LA Weekly) about a woman who learns this lesson the hard way. Starring Elizabeth McGovern (The Handmaid's Tale), Harley Jane Kozak (Parenthood), Bill Pullman (While You Were Sleeping), Brad Pitt (Thelma & Louise) and Ken Wahl ("Wiseguy"), The Favor is a "laugh-out-loud, light-hearted romp" (Boxoffice)! On the eve of her 15-year high school reunion, Kathy (Kozak) fantasizes about making love to her hunky ex-boyfriend Tom (Ken Wahl) because she never got to in high school! Now married, Kathy devises an ingenious way to sleep with Tom without cheating: sex through proxy! Begging her open-minded best friend Emily (McGovern)to seduce her old flame so she can get all the juicy details, Kathy is unprepared for the consequences when Emily falls for Tom! Suddenly it's like high school all over again as these two friends sharpen their claws over "the favor" that has gone too far!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Harley Jane Kozak, Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman, Brad Pitt, Larry Miller
  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Writers: Josann McGibbon, Sara Parriott
  • Producers: Barry Spikings, Charles Skouras III, Christa Vausbinder, Donna Dubrow, Josann McGibbon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Full Screen, Dolby, Color, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R5GL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Favor" on IMDb

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Let me start by suggesting that you buy, not rent, this movie, because you might well find it too silly at first, then you'll surprise yourself with the urge to watch it over and over again. Yes, with a plot that's nothing better than a good episode of "Three's Company", the cast and crew deserved all the credits to make "The Favor" one of the most entertaining comedies reflecting various facets of love and marriage. Except for Elizabeth McGovern (who shines in almost every role given to her, especially in "Men & Women, Stories of Seduction"), other actors seemed to deliver their best performances here: Harley Jane Kozak, Bill Pullman, Larry Miller, the Orti sisters... I give this film 5 stars, one of which goes to the screenplay that's full of hilarious one-liners, so wisely interwoven with simple but thought provoking dialogues (the conversation between Bill Pullman, Harley Jane Kozak and Leigh Ann Orti in the "kitchen scene" being my favorite one).
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I had never seen this movie before and I'm not sure how I missed it as I am a fan of both Brad Pitt and Elizabeth McGovern. Was funny to watch this movie now... some twenty years on... as everyone looks so YOUNG and Brad Pitt had not achieved his "super-stardom" yet or I doubt he'd have appeared in this cheesy bit of fluff. This movie is not a cinematographical masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination... but it was funny and entertaining. All the actors did a good job with what they had to work with and it was quite comical in parts. If you are looking for a light comedy and to see some familiar faces in earlier roles... I'd recommend this. It was fun!
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This movie was "adorable". After seeing this movie and loving it, I had to take it to the rest of my family and watch thier reactions. It's a keeper. The plot is yes, a little corny and yes, a little silly. But, the cast was well positioned in thier characters. The thing that most amazed me was how sweet the artist character in this film was. Previous to my awareness of Brad Pitt, I thought he was wonderful. And after I realized it was him I had seen in this movie...I had to see it again and yes....again.
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I found this movie to be one of the best romantic comedies of all time. It has an outrageously funny storyline coupled with fine performances by sexy Bill Pullman and sultry Elizabeth McGovern. A must see for any Pullman fans!
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This is a fairly average 1980s romantic comedy. The story isn't particularly original or particularly well-done, but it's watchable and it has some decent early performances by actors who became more famous later.
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They say you can't miss what you never had, but one woman wants to put that idea to the test in this romantic comedy entitled,The Favor.It stars Harley Jane Kozak,Elizabeth McGovern,Bill Pullman and Brad Pitt.The movie was written by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, and directed by Donald Petrie.

Kathy has seemingly been happily married to Peter, but their relationship has grown routine. She cannot help but wonder what would happen if she ever got together with her high school sweetheart, Tom, who she had never slept with. Being married prevents her from acting on that, so she asks her friend, Emily, to look Tom up when she goes to Denver, and to sleep with him, then tell Kathy what it was like. Emily does this, but when she tells Kathy that Tom is awesome and they had sex all night, their friendship suffers, as does Kathy's marriage. Things become even more complicated when Emily learns she is pregnant, and is uncertain if Tom or her boyfriend, Elliot is the father.

This is a poorly made movie.It started at first as smart and intriguing.Suddenly,it made a U-turn and turned into a screwball comedy.The only redeeming thing about it is it features Brad Pitt in his early work before he became a superstar.
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Harley Jane Kozak is good in her role as Kathy, a woman stuck in a good marriage to brainy dweeb Peter. Despite having a brilliant husband and two young girls, she is nonetheless unhappy because her impending class reunion is dredging up fond memories of her hunky and athletic high school flame, Tom. This mid-life crisis makes her wonder how delightfully romantic life with Tom would be now. Compounding this is her envy of her gorgeous friend Emily, a single woman who has had too many romantic encounters to recall. Kathy obsesses about Tom because they never consummated their relationship, and she simply must know his current status. Since Emily is going be traveling in Tom's vicinity, Kathy asks Emily for The Favor. This is where the trouble begins. Bill Pullman is decent as the absent-minded professor, who only has work on the brain, and Brad Pitt is uniformly fine in his supporting role as Emily's immature young paramour. Larry Miller delivers most of the film's funny lines and I can always watch the beautiful Elizabeth McGovern. Although the film is cute, it makes for little more than an amusing diversion for an hour and a half or so. This isn't a must-see movie, unless one happens to be a huge fan of one of the actors involved.
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This is Brad Pitt's movie, a blessedly early one. It does not amount to much as script or film; essentially it is a crappy li'l TV sit-com blown up to movie dimensions. Or one could say that it is a specimen of imitation Neil Simon. The acting of the two female leads, Harley Jane Kozak (as Kathy) and Elizabeth McGovern (as Emily) is heavy-handed and all too obvious. What is good in the film is the contribution of the two most important of the male leads, Bill Pullman (as Peter) and Brad Pitt (as Elliot), fine actors who do their best to redeem the piece of work to which they contribute. Ken Wahl, who plays the backwoods macho masher Tom (whom Kathy also calls Tommy), over whom the two leading ladies make such a fuss, is not on the level of Pullman and Pitt, but at least Wahl's acting is less stilted than what the two actresses playing the rivals for his amourous attentions deliver with such archly mannered coyness.

No matter all that. One of the early scenes shows Brad Pitt, in the role of Elliot, an artist who is an aspiring and upcoming young painter and an accomplished Lothario (though he is more faithful to his lady of the moment than she is to him), who is in bed with Emily, the unmarried promiscuous wench (with whom the artist also is professionally allied) of the two 30-something leading ladies, Kathy being a reluctantly faithful housewife, with wandering eyes and fantasies, married to Peter. The viewer sees actor Pitt lying in bed with actress McGovern, bedcovers halfway down his body, then he gets up, puts on his pants, but remains shirtless. The camera seems to be making love to him. Why not? What young human male possibly could be more worthy of such attention on the part of a movie camera?
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