Parents' Guide to

The School for Good and Evil

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Book-based fairy tale fantasy has some scares, language.

Movie PG-13 2022 148 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 15+

Adult man seduces underage teenage girl and teacher uses F word

Not for children , though seems to be geared towards ? An adult man kisses/seduces an underage teenage girl near the ending?! This needs to be addressed and is really upsetting I was shocked and disgusted . A teacher also uses the F word during a scene . I’m not sure how these aren’t being reported here , I wish I’d known and I’m upset .
age 10+

Love !

Think it’s a great movie ! Beautiful story about friendship & having good values. I love that a repeated theme is that people are complicated & no one is perfectly good or all evil. Love the magic & the visuals are beautiful. I’m surprised it’s rated pg13. I think a mature 10 year old can watch. There is some violence & some of the scenes could scare some. A fun magical movie with great messages. Love ! Hope there is a second

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (39 ):

Capitalizing not just on proven source material (the book series) but also on tried-and-tested school-set, teen-starring fantasy formulas, nothing about this film feels particularly original. But Netflix knows the audience it's aiming for with The School for Good and Evil. And judging by the open-ended finale of this movie and the number of books in the original series, the platform is also presumably hoping those audiences will come back for more. (This begs the question: why not a miniseries?) These are the viewers who won't be deterred by the two-and-a-half-hour run time or the film's overly-packed intro. A mishmash of characters, accents, and ideas, including an on-again/off-again narrator (voiced by Cate Blanchett), are other potential deterrents for newcomers to this Harry Potter meets Disney Princess world.

Having said that, if you stick with it, the movie has some positive messages and a satisfying resolution. Technical aspects like wardrobe, setting, and fight choreography are all well done under Paul Feig's direction, bringing the books' atmosphere to vivid life. Some modern, female-heavy music adds to the soundtrack. What this film also has that many others don't is an A-list adult cast. They bring gravitas, and Washington is especially convincing as the head of the School for Good, but they're largely underused. This means the teen stars take the spotlight. Wylie's Agatha is the real center of the film and a character that allows for a truer and less theatrical performance than Sophie's, embodied with gusto by the petite Caruso. Here's hoping the adults, and other teen characters like Hort and Beatrix, get more screen time in the next movie.

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