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Starring: Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Scoot McNairy, Thomas Barbusca, Jennifer Beals, Connie Britton, Chiara Aurelia, Dalmar Abuzeid
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix mystery drama directed by Mike Barker. Luckiest Girl Alive (2022) centers on Ani Fanelli (Mila Kunis), a sharp-tongued New Yorker who appears to have it all, a sought-after position at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream wedding on the horizon. But when the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her side of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life.
Our Favorite Quotes:'An approximation of honesty doesn't make the cut at the paper of record.' - Lolo Vincent (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Ani Fanelli: It’s 2015, and people still act like marriage is some sort of crowning achievement for women. That is a trap I did not fall into. I dove in headfirst.
Ani Fanelli: [to Luke] Well, baby, we can’t start married life with inferior blades.
Ani Fanelli: I’ve managed to not eat lunch for six years just to have this joker call me petite. Petite is what they call short fat girls. I should know. I used to be one.
Ani Fanelli: [referring to Luke] He calls me “babe” with the finest of intentions.
Ani Fanelli: [referring to Luke] Heretofore, it is his birthright to marry a blond insect of Norwegian descent with a gender-ambiguous name, like Landry, or Devon, who can spot my grift a mile away.
Ani Fanelli: I’m not to the manor born, but I have something no trust fund can buy. The edge. It doesn’t take much in Luke’s world. Love your work, hate babies, even the cute ones, have a few lurid secrets, and be eternally grateful that Luke knows all of them and still loves me.
Ani Fanelli: Someone once called me an animal. One wrong move and Luke will see it too.
Ani Fanelli: Okay, so maybe I keep some secrets from him, but no one has ever made me feel so safe.
'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' - Andrew Larson (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Ani Fanelli: Nell is a natural blond with a trust fund. I’m a try-hard former financial-aid kid. We both hate where we came from.
Ani Fanelli: I’m still scared I’m making a mistake.
Nell Rutherford: Getting married?
Ani Fanelli: No. No, like is Only You Pro the font of a trash slut who doesn’t know how to pass the salt and pepper shakers together.
Nell Rutherford: Oh, my God. There is no such thing as a slutty font. It doesn’t exist.
Lolo Vincent: Your voice, Miss FaNelli, is simply peerless. My jaw hurts after reading that.
Ani Fanelli: This is what sells our magazine. Apparently men’s pleasure is of global importance.
Lolo Vincent: [to Ani] When I count my blessings, I count you twice.
'Sometimes I feel like a wind-up doll. Turn my key, and I'll tell you exactly what you want to hear.' - Ani Fanelli (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Ani Fanelli: I am this close to becoming Ani Harrison, senior editor at The New York Times Magazine, to becoming someone people can respect.
Ani Fanelli: Abstaining from lunch allows me to squat in Eleanor’s office when I need it. One day, I’ll have a corner office with my own insufferable display of prestigious, and frankly phallic-looking awards. Until then, I pretend I’m important.
Aaron Wickersham: You’re a survivor of the deadliest private-school shooting in history. And the reason it continues to captivate public interest is because there are still so many questions that you’ve never answered. People want to know were you a hero, or an accomplice?
Ani Fanelli: I had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Aaron Wickersham: Then why does Dean say you did?
Ani Fanelli: I don’t know.
Aaron Wickersham: Don’t you want to tell your side of the story?
Ani Fanelli: [referring to her ex-classmates] The one thing they all had that I didn’t? Pedigree.
'You just say what it is that you want, not what everyone else wants, and then you do that.' - Lolo Vincent (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Ani Fanelli: Dean’s doing the documentary now.
Luke Harrison: Nice. It’s a last-ditch effort to get you to do it. You’re the story. You’re the one who’s never gone on record. He needs you. Hey. You should do it if you feel you need to do it. But remember, you don’t have to defend yourself to me or to anyone who really knows you. Who cares what anyone else thinks?
Ani Fanelli: [voice over] So easy to say when everyone loves you, Luke.
Ani Fanelli: Luke’s firm wants to pay him f***-your-feelings-money to move to London, where I’ll be barefoot and pregnant in a year.
Dina: I was watching Say Yes to the Dress the other day, and the girl on there had this tulle princess skirt you could tie on or tie off.
Ani Fanelli: Kate Middleton didn’t wear a tulle princess skirt to her wedding. Neither should the expecting child brides of Ohio.
Dina: Thank you. Yes, she was about six months along.
Nell Rutherford: Nothing about you is wrong. Jesus. Unclench, okay?
Ani Fanelli: Yeah, well, that’s impossible, what with the real housewife of Pennsyltucky in town.
Ani Fanelli: Dean’s making viral speeches at Congress, and I have a story due Monday about how to pleasure an uncircumcised p**is. They’re more sensitive than the ones without their turtlenecks, according to the experts. Nobody believed me back then, because I was a Wet Seal wearing gutter rat.
'Every challenge, every heartache, every tragedy in life offers an opportunity to do something different, to do something kind.' - Dean Barton (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Ani Fanelli: If I’m going to do this, I need to be bulletproof. I need to be able to say that I work at The New York Times, that I live in an elevator doorman building in Tribeca, and that my name is Ani Harrison, because I married the lacrosse captain of Nantucket. And how dare anyone believe I did what Dean said I did while wiping away a single tear with this hand in particular.
Nell Rutherford: Four out of five. Not that you need any of it to make you credible.
Ani Fanelli: You don’t. But I do.
Ani Fanelli: Luke calls me the wife-whisperer. Like it’s so hard. Literally, all you do is act like they invented motherhood. There’s a special place in hell for women who can’t show you just one picture of their children.
Ani Fanelli: Mr. Larson, it’s me. TifAni.
Whitney Larson: Mr. Larson? Was he your teacher?
Andrew Larson: TifAni. I didn’t recognize you. You look…
Ani Fanelli: [voice over] Like none of it ever happened.
Andrew Larson: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Ani Fanelli: Sometimes I feel like a wind-up doll. Turn my key, and I’ll tell you exactly what you want to hear.
'It's about the importance of all of us speaking freely, even if people want to silence us. So that we can become the kind of women our younger selves would admire.' - Ani Fanell (Luckiest Girl Alive) Click To Tweet
Luke Harrison: [to Ani] You know, sometimes I feel like another box you have to check off so you look like you’ve done okay.
Luke Harrison: Wouldn’t you rather be known for something you’ve created than this thing that happened to you so long ago?
Ani Fanelli: No. No. I want to be remembered for what really happened to me. I want vindication. It’s all I think about.
Aaron Wickersham: [referring to Ani’s assualt] I’ve gathered enough to know that that event was framed as something that you participated in. I’m so sorry, Ani. It makes me sick.
Ani Fanelli: Yeah, no participation trophy for me.