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Starring: Camila Cabello, Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan, Maddie Baillio, Charlotte Spencer, John Mulaney, James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan, Missy Elliott, Tallulah Greive, Luke Latchman
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Amazon Prime family comedy fantasy musical written and directed by Kay Cannon. A modern version of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella (2021) follows our heroine (Camila Cabello), who is an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow. However, with the help of her Fab G (Billy Porter), she is able to persevere and make her dreams come true.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Fabulous Godmother: Once upon a time, there was an old-fashioned kingdom bound by tradition. Here, everyone had a part to play, and they played it without question. Little did they know, their world was about to change. But until it did, y’all, this village of hardworking citizens moved to the same beat, day after day, generation after generation!
Fabulous Godmother: And over here is where our story begins, at the humble home of a practical woman named Vivian, who was alone again, after the death of her second husband. Vivian’s daughters, the obnoxious Malvolia, and the self-absorbed Narissa. She cray. Yeah. They can be a lot.
Fabulous Godmother: And down here, in this dingy basement, the stepdaughter, Ella. Or, as her stepsisters call her, Cinderella. Because her skin was often besmirched by cinders, and her stepsisters were not that clever. Right now, she’s dreaming of a world in which she can live her life any way she wants.
Cinderella: Good morning, my beady-eyed friends. You hungry?
Romesh: Oh, yeah.
John: Nod your head, mates. All she hears is squeaks.
Stepmother Vivian: Cinderella, now that you’re an orphan, it’s important for you to remember that it’s only my love for your father, rest his soul, that stands between you and a life on the street.
Cinderella: Yes, of course. And that’s why I’m so thankful for…
Stepmother Vivian: You could be so pretty, if you took even a second to comb that hair of yours.
Cinderella: I’m curious. Do you really need that cane?
Thomas Cecil: No, but chicks dig it.
Cinderella: [referring to Thomas] Makes my skin crawl.
Narissa: Mine too.
Malvolia: I’m into it.
Stepmother Vivian: Fortune has smiled upon this house. My daughters have a suitor.
Malvolia: You mean this daughter has a suitor. The others have heartache and jealousy.
Princess Laura: This is called a world map. Now, take a look at this blob here, and here. If we marry, our blobs would join up, and we would control the world all the way to this huge sea monster.
Prince Robert: You know, I really just don’t have the time in my schedule to be controlling these far-off lands. I am just too busy.
Princess Laura: Doing what? You spent three whole days drinking and foxhunting.
Prince Robert: That was a lot of hard work. Now, you try tracking a fox when drunk. It’s impossible.
'Nothing in life ever stays the same, good or bad.' - Fabulous Godmother (Cinderella) Click To Tweet
Princess Laura: [to Robert] I promise, milord, you can keep gallivanting here with your merry bros, and I’ll have other interests. We never have to be together, except for royal events, war planning, and when we have to engage in the disgusting practice of making a son.
Princess Laura: [referring to Robert] He’s not working with much upstairs, and I’d be surprised if it was different elsewhere. She knows what I’m talking about.
Narissa: [as Malvolia is pinching her cheeks] Are they rosy yet? The pain is quite terrific.
Stepmother Vivian: Ladies, are we ready? What in God’s name are you doing?
Malvolia: Bringing color to her cheeks.
Narissa: Do you think I look pretty?
Cinderella: I think you look so pretty. But honestly, who cares what I think? Who cares what anyone thinks? What matters is how you feel when you look in the mirror.
Malvolia: That’s deep.
'Let's not ruin this incredibly magical moment with reason.' - Fabulous Godmother (Cinderella) Click To Tweet
King Rowan: You turned down the daughter of Lord Reginald.
Queen Beatrice: I guess she wasn’t the one.
King Rowan: She was! I would’ve had control of all the territories, right up to the domain of the sea monster.
Queen Beatrice: Well, perhaps you should marry the sea monster, Robert.
Prince Robert: I would have to have grandmother’s ring resized.
King Rowan: [referring to his throne] I have every right to make it taller. I’m king.
Queen Beatrice: Yes. And I am ridiculous. If you need me, I shall be in my chambers. Brushing my hair. Until it all falls out.
King Rowan: You’re bringing shame on this family, Robert. Have you seen this?
Prince Robert: “The Roundabout Players present The King’s Idiot Son.” Ooh, do you think we can still get tickets?
Prince Robert: You can’t leave actors alone in a basement without attention. They’ll die!
King Rowan: Kings marry for power, not for love.
Prince Robert: Oh, well, it’s perfect then that Mother came with three castles, and a hundred horses, or I suppose I never would’ve been born!
'Who cares what anyone thinks? What matters is how you feel when you look in the mirror.' - Cinderella Click To Tweet
King Rowan: Continue to defy me, and just out of spite, I’ll give it all, the crown, the palace, everything, to your sister.
Princess Gwen: I would be embarrassed, if I wasn’t so bored with my life. But since I’m here, I would love to stay and help sort out this whole crown issue.
Prince Robert: Father, you know how badly I want to be king.
King Rowan: I do. Now, to make sure your nuptials are done properly, and on my schedule, we shall hold a ball.
Prince Robert: Dancing at these things is mannered. And formal. We’ll look like fools!
King Rowan: Of course we do. But women love it. Good God, Robert, if a rich man ever lost a woman, it was to a man who could dance.
'I don't want a life stuck waving from a royal box, any more than a life confined to a basement.' - Cinderella Click To Tweet
Prince Robert: This is insane! I can’t just pick some bride at a ball. And then what? We’re supposed to grow old together? Into our forties? I mean, what are we even going to talk about?
King Rowan: You will go to the ball. You will find someone. That’s an order.
King Rowan: [as Ella is sat on the statue] Get off my dad!
Cinderella: Oh, good. Everyone’s staring at me, just as I’d hoped.
Prince Robert: I’ll play your silly game, but only if every girl in the kingdom is invited to the ball, regardless of wealth, or stature.
King Rowan: Marrying a commoner is not at all what I meant.
Prince Robert: Father, please. Deep down, you need me to be king. What a black mark it’ll be on your name if I don’t continue the line. So, what option do you really have?
Princess Gwen: You’re literally not even going to let me have a seat at the table?
King Rowan: I don’t make up the rules. I’m just the king.
Count Wilbur: You know, I can’t believe that you’re willing to sully the dignity of the royal family for some commoner.
Prince Robert: Wilbur, you sound old.
'Everyone knows mice are girls and rats are boys.' - Cinderella Click To Tweet
Prince Robert: [referring to Ella] She’s beautiful. She’s witty. She’s fearless. I mean, holy hell, did you see the way she talked to my father?
Count Wilbur: So mouthy.
Prince Robert: And glorious. I must know her. So, yes, I’m going to walk the streets until I find her, reveal my true self, and then personally invite her to the ball. Unless, of course, it turns out that she’s got a couple bats in the old belfry, in which case, I will realize that my feelings were incorrect, and slowly back away.