A SIMPLE FAVOR – The Devil in a Dress

ASF PosterLet me start by saying that I’m not a big fan of director Paul Feig. The films of his I have seen have come off as funny in parts but are more often derivative, overly crass, lazy, and in the case of his 2016 reboot/remake/whatever of Ghostbusters, stupid and downright insulting. So my hopes going into A Simple Favor were not high.

However, Feig did something I wasn’t expecting with this film. He actually surprised me…and for that I applaud him. A Simple Favor is an intriguing mystery that keeps the viewer engulfed in the story until the very last scene. I liked it quite a bit. It isn’t the best movie of the year, but it was entertaining and worth my time.

Like all good stories, A Simple Favor reveals much about the nature of humanity. The characters grapple with temptation and the consequences of their questionable actions. The temptation to do wrong is something to which we all can relate – especially because it is driven by our eternal adversary.


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Peanuts, Franklin, and Sincere Diversity


Fifty years ago, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz introduced the character Franklin into his now-iconic comic strip. This was a significant moment in Peanuts history, as the strip had never had a black character before. Since that first appearance, Franklin became a regular member of Charlie Brown’s circle of friends – an acute and hilarious observer of the rest of the gang’s many foibles and idiosyncrasies, while also having some of his own. He would also be featured in most of the Peanuts animated television specials and films (up to and including The Peanuts Movie in 2015).

The story of just how Franklin became a part of Peanuts is really amazing in its own humble way. Like the Peanuts strip itself, it’s a story that is simple but so profound. And we today can learn a lot from how Charles Schulz integrated the character into the cast.

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