The Favor
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Following up the acclaimed documentary Children of the Street, filmmaker Eva Aridjis made her narrative-feature debut with this bittersweet drama starring Frank Wood and Ryan Donowho. Wood plays Lawrence, a man who decides to take in Johnny (Donowho), the troubled teenaged son of his recently deceased high-school sweetheart. Twenty-five years ago, Caroline (Paige Turco) broke Lawrence's heart. These days, Lawrence is a single, middle-aged photographer leading a quiet life with his loyal canine companion in Bayonne, NJ. When Lawrence receives a surprise phone call from a recently divorced… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Nothing extraordinary happens, and [director] Aradjis relies on Wood and Donowho to carry the slight thread of a film."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Doesn't ever end up communicating anything other than its own capacity for sensitive understatement."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"It's an emotionally satisfying film, even a cathartic one, that deserves an audience."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"While people looking to get away from the big explosions and broad comedy that accompany most summer movies will appreciate the effort, this seems like the kind of thing you should be getting for free on TV."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness."
‑ John Tottenham, L.A. Weekly
"Yet another small, "sensitive" character study of unassuming "little" folk trying their best under trying circumstances, all amounting to the purest banality."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A tearjerker made credible by the director's patient pacing."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"All Aridjis can muster is inert drama and trite lessons."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Writer-director Eva Aridjis has a flat style that's frankly numbing; Wood tries valiantly, but he and Donowho are both dragged down by the script."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"Forgive me if I've already forgotten what The Favor is really about, but the truth is so does Miss Aridjis. So drastically in fact, that the film doesn't even qualify for After School Special exemption status."
‑ Erik Childress,
"Overall, the film is alternately sweet and sad, amusing and moving."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
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