The Favor

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This article is about the 1994 film. For the 2006 film, see The Favor (2006 film). For other uses, see Favor (disambiguation).
The Favor
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Donald Petrie
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by Sara Parriott
Josann McGibbon
Music by Thomas Newman
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release dates
  • April 29, 1994 (1994-04-29) (U.S.)
Running time
97 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $3,134,381

The Favor is a 1994 romantic comedy film directed by Donald Petrie and written by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon. It stars Harley Jane Kozak, Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman, Brad Pitt and Ken Wahl. The original music score was composed by Thomas Newman.


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.



Filmed in 1990,[1] The Favor went into wide release in the United States and Canada on April 29, 1994.[2] It was released to home video on the DVD format for Region 1 on December 29, 2001, through MGM Home Entertainment.[2]


On the film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, it received 27% favorable reviews with an average rating of 4.9/10.[2]

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