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Thoroughbreds juggles genres with panache, delivering a well-written and refreshingly unpredictable entry in the teen thriller genre.



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Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily's contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another's most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.


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  • Sep 13, 2018
    While not exactly funny, witty, suspenseful or engaging enough, this mediocre comedy-thriller is at least proof of first-time director Cory Finley's talent behind cameras, as he manages to make a very cinematic film from a dialogue-heavy script that was originally written for the stage.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2018
    Cooke and Taylor-Joy both give excellent performances, but the script is completely devoid of any real ideas. Its just nihilism for its own sake.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Thoroughbreds never goes where you think, but that doesn't mean it necessarily goes anywhere interesting either. So badly wants to be cooler than it ends up being, but what it's trying to say or do is so lost in translation that it ends up being more of a bummer than a stunner.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2018
    I love going into a movie think it's going to have a certain tone and predictable fashion, only to be completely surprised by the first few minutes. Thoroughbreds marks one of the highlightiIndies of the year, at least in my opinion. Upon viewing its first trailer a while ago, the story itself intrigued me, but it's definitely a little misleading, in the best way possible. I found myself on a roller coaster ride from start to finish. Although some may find this movie slightly inconsistent in terms of where it goes throughout the third act, I truly believe that worked in its favor as a whole. Thoroughbreds is a very unique movie that takes chances in ways you don't expect, and for that alone it warrants a recommendation from me. Thoroughbreds follows two young women as they reconnect after years of slowly growing apart. Throughout the first two acts, this is a very odd and quirky piece of independent cinema that takes some weird turns. Planning some very dark things together in order to solve their issues, they meet some very strange people along the way, making for some very interesting character development and revelations. I felt quite unnerved at times and the final act of this film had me cringing, and not necessarily in a good or bad way. This movie asks quite a lot of its audience as it draws to a close, but if you're sucked into this story, then you may just find yourself going along with it. Anya Taylor Joy continues to prove that she is a star in the making. Appearing in films such as Split, The Witch, and even Morgan, audiences around the world continue to be blown away by her performances. That being said, I don't think people give Olivia Cooke the credit she deserves. Appearing in movies like Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and the recent Ready Player One, I believe she will have her big, big break one day. These two young actresses were perfectly cast in these roles and I bought into their off-beat and strange history together. I felt a sense of sadness watching this film as well, seeing as it was the final appearance in a film by Anton Yelchin, and he really brings his all to this role. He's only in a few scenes throughout this movie, but he has some powerful moments. His character provides far more emotional weight to the film than I was expecting. The way his character meets these girls and intertwines his own life with theirs was a very interesting revelation. In terms of the way this film is filmed and edited, I would be lying if I didn't feel I was watching perfection. These filmmakers set up some very unique shots and the way certain takes linger on specific things or characters in order to provide subtle answers for the audience was terrific. Thoroughbreds isn't for everyone, especially due to the way the movie boldly concludes, but I do believe there is a niche audience out there for it. In the end, Thoroughbreds is the type of film that is right up my alley and may even make it into the discussion of my favorites movies of 2018, but I would definitely need to explain myself. I can see many viewers losing interest due to its slow pace or being turned off by the twists and turns it takes, but I truly believe the decision these characters make, made for a great film experience. If you're up for anything, then I would highly recommend checking this one out. Strange, unique, well-written, and downright cathartic.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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