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Starring: Kerry Washington, Charlize Theron, Sophia Anne Caruso, Sofia Wylie, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Flatters, Kit Young, Peter Serafinowicz
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix fantasy adventure directed and co-written by Paul Feig. The School for Good and Evil (2022) follows best friends Sophie and Agatha (Sophia Anne Caruso and Sofia Wylie), who find themselves on opposing sides of a modern fairy tale when they’re taken into an enchanted school where young heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance of good and evil.
Our Favorite Quotes:'I don't believe that anyone is truly Good or truly Evil. Because people are complicated.' - Agatha (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Rafal: It’s not cheating if you win. It’s only cheating if you get caught.
Rafal: I prefer chaos.
Rafal: Evil doesn’t cooperate. Evil doesn’t share. When I’m done, Evil won’t lose.
Storian: Fortunately, they had each other. A friendship between two such different girls might have seemed unlikely, but theirs was a special bond forged at an early age. For it was the death of Sophie’s mother, the person who loved her most, that brought her a friend who loved her even more. And it was beneath the village wishing tree that they sealed a bond they knew would last a lifetime.
Agatha: Like, for literally the hundredth time, no.
Sophie: It wouldn’t have to be a whole makeover. We could just do a cucumber eye mask. Maybe a pumice scrub for your pores.
Town Tough: [to Agatha] We don’t want witches in this town. Do you hear me? It’s a threat to the decent people of Gavaldon.
Sophie: [after she hits him over the head with a frying pan] You know, I seriously doubt there are any decent people in Gavaldon.
Agatha: Okay, this might sound crazy, but you ever think about branching out of your comfort zone? Maybe like stop reading little kids books?
Sophie: [reading Agatha’s book title] “To The Blood of the Homunculus?” I’m good, thanks. Give me Cinderella any day.
Sophie: Who’s SGE?
Mrs. Deauville: Not who, what. The School for Good and Evil. Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of it.
Sophie: Where is it?
Mrs. Deauville: No one knows. Another time. Another world. But legend has it, it’s where the true story behind every great fairy tale begins.
'One doesn't measure one's goodness just by how one looks. It's about what one does.' - Professor Dovey (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Mrs. Deauville: The School for Good trains the heroes. The School for Evil, the villains. Or so they say.
Agatha: Yeah. The people in insane asylums, you mean.
Sophie: I wouldn’t be so sure of that.
Sophie: I’m leaving tonight.
Agatha: Wait. Sophie, you’ve never even set foot outside Gavaldon. You don’t even know what’s out there. None of us really do.
Sophie: That’s the point. You know nothing can ever happen for me as long as I’m stuck here. I can’t settle for an ordinary life. I won’t.
Storian: It was at that moment Sophie decided she was beyond wishing for her life to magically improve. It was time to take charge of her destiny. Even if it meant breaking the promise she’d made to her best and only friend. But some wishes are simply too powerful to take back.
Sophie: So long, Gavaldon! Farewell, mediocrity! Goodbye, low ambition!
Sophie: Please let me go!
Agatha: No way! I’m never letting you go!
'Magic follows emotion. The stronger the emotion, the more powerful the magic. Summon enough passion, and you can accomplish anything.' - Professor Dovey (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Sophie: [as they’re being taken to the school] Aggie, this is everything I’ve ever wanted.
Agatha: This is not what I wanted!
Sophie: No! You’re supposed to drop me at the Good school, not her! No, take me back! Please! No! You don’t understand! I’m Good.
Hort: Can I touch your hair? Most witches don’t have princess hair. I bet it smells like cake. I love cake.
Sophie: I’m not a witch!
Sophie: You have to listen to me. I am not supposed to be here. I’m Good!
Wolf Guard: God, I hate move-in day.
Sophie: I’m supposed to be a princess, not a villain!
'The world of story needs great heroes, and villains, to teach the people of the outside world to make choices to find their way.' - School Master (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Beatrix: [as Agatha is dropped into school for good] Oh, dear. You must be lost.
Agatha: Yeah. Yeah, That is an understatement.
Reena: What the hell is it?
Beatrix: It looks like a witch.
Millicent: I’m thinking a troll.
Chinen: I say demon.
Kiko: Maybe part hunchback?
Agatha: I don’t have a hunch.
Reena: Then you really need a tailor.
Hort: I’m Hort, by the way.
Sophie: Hort? That sounds like something you cough up.
Hort: That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
Sophie: You seem to be in charge. I am in the wrong school.
Lady Lesso: Ooh. How distressful. And improbable. Back up.
Lady Lesso: Now, please, excuse me. I have fresh villainy to attend to.
'A world where Evil is not as powerful as Good is a world out of balance.' - Lady Lesso (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Agatha: I thought fairies were supposed to be nice.
Agatha: [at the school for good] Oh, I must be in hell. Well, this is hell, alright.
Agatha: My friend Sophie wanted to be here.
Professor Dovey: The Never? No.
Agatha: The what?
Professor Dovey: Your friend is a Never. You are an Ever. Ever, because we believe in living happily ever after. Nevers, because they don’t. School for Evil, School for Good.
Agatha: Clearly, there’s been a mistake. I mean, look at me.
Professor Dovey: My dear, one doesn’t measure one’s goodness just by how one looks. No, it’s about what one does. If you’re here, you must have great power.
'Not caring how you look forces you to use your intelligence. Ugliness is freedom.' - Professor Manley (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Professor Dovey: [to Agatha] Let me guess. You’re not a pink person? Not a problem! We also have rose, fuchsia, blush, watermelon, hibiscus. So many colors! I just love my job.
Hort: You’ve probably read about my father. Captain Hook? He’s got a pretty awesome ship.
Professor Dovey: Grace and beauty first?
Lady Lesso: Oh, if you insist, Clarissa.
Professor Dovey: [as she steps out first] So glad you agree.
'Once upon a time, Good was real and true. Now we are in the age of self-centered perfectionism.' - Professor Dovey (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Sophie: There’s no boys in the School for Good?
Hort: Ugh, there’s plenty. And get ready to be nauseous.
Hort: [referring to Tedros] I don’t know what the big deal about owning a round table is, anyway.
Sophie: His father was King Arthur?
'No one should ever give up on family.' - Tedros (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Kiko: [referring to Tedros] What did he smell like?
Professor Dovey: In these two schools, we will take away any confusion and make your souls as pure as possible. Pure Good.
Lady Lesso: Or pure Evil.
Professor Dovey: Future heroes and villains, you have been chosen to protect and maintain the balance between Good and Evil. For if that balance is ever compromised…
School Master: I don’t think we need to get into that just now with our new friends, do we?
'We fight for each other, and we care for each other. That is what Good's love is. Evil only fights for itself. And that is the furthest thing from love on Earth.' - Agatha (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
School Master: And like your parents before you, you are all here because the world of story needs great heroes, and villains, to teach the people of the outside world to make choices to find their way. So, obey the rules, study hard, and remember, the Storian only chooses the very best of our students for their own adventure.
Sophie: But what if we’ve been dropped in the wrong school?
Agatha: Or there’s been a mistake and we need to go home immediately?
School Master: There are no mistakes in the School for Good and Evil. So, have a nice semester.
'Although some things never change. That is, unless you use your power to begin to change them.' - Storian (The School for Good and Evil) Click To Tweet
Dot: I’m Dot, daughter of Robert de Rainault.
Anadil: Hello? The Sheriff of Nottingham.
Dot: It’s okay. He’s not like super famous.
Hester: Yeah. Who’s ever heard of Robin Hood? Learn your history, cream puff.