The Favor
The Favor (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 2, 2008
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie.

Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nothing extraordinary happens, and [director] Aradjis relies on Wood and Donowho to carry the slight thread of a film.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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John Tottenham
L.A. Weekly

The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Yet another small, "sensitive" character study of unassuming "little" folk trying their best under trying circumstances, all amounting to the purest banality.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.

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Hank Sartin
Time Out

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.

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Erik Childress

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.

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