The Favor

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Released 2008

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The Favor

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Released:
2008
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Lawrence (played by Frank Wood), a photographer living on his own in New Jersey, rekindles a relationship with his old flame Caroline (played by Paige Turco) shortly before she dies in an accident. Her 16 year-old son Johnny (played by Ryan Donowho) has nowhere to go and Lawrence takes him in. Lawrence tries hard to be a father to Johnny but Johnny repeatedly rejects him and wreaks havoc in his home. Many dramatic and comedic events unfold, involving Johnny's love interest Mariana (played by Isidra Vega), Johnny's drug dealer (played by Jesse Kelly), Johnny's real father (played by Aldo Perez), and Lawrence's dog (played by Nikki). "The Favor" features songs by The Cure, The Troggs, The Stone Roses, Interpol, Nikki Sudden, Blondie, The Cascades, Chris Montez, The Jacobites & The Garretts.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times

    Subtly acted, with Aridjis showing remarkable trust in her performers, The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.

  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    A pair of beautifully mismatched lead performances elevate a predictable drama to unexpected resonance in The Favor.

  • 30

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie. That third is Frank Wood's beautifully modulated and modest central performa...

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