Thoroughbreds [Blu-ray]

Childhood friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily is now a polished, upper-class teenager at a fancy boarding school; Amanda has turned into a sharp-witted outcast with an attitude. Though they seem at odds, the pair bonds over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, and they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.

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3 thoughts on “Thoroughbreds [Blu-ray]

  1. “You got a creepy friend.” “I know.” Written and directed by first-time writer/director Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds is a difficult film to classify. Ordinarily one might classify it as a thriller, except that it moves really, really slowly and operates too distant emotionally to ever achieve the momentum or engagement that a thriller should. A better classification would be as a character study, though in truth only the two main characters, Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) have any real character to study…

  2. Dark, depraved and deliriously delightful I was really looking forward to seeing this, but unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. Two WASPy childhood friends reconnect, for one to tutor the other, and quickly realize how distinctly different they truly are. Amanda is awaiting charges to be filed against her for animal cruelty, while Lily is the polished, picture perfect student. It’s during one of these tutoring lessons, that Amanda reveals to Lily that her brain can’t process emotions. However, she has grown very good at mimicking them…

  3. Theater review. Possible spoilers. With little fanfare or promotion this “mean-girls” psychological thriller hit the theaters this week-end. Staring a pair of on-their-way-up young actresses, the film features a biting, satirical script by Cory Finley in his directorial debut. Amanda (Olivia Cooke, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Witch”) were childhood best friends when they both rode horses. Somewhere along the line they split up for reasons not totally…

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